At my company we have two diversity hires that I’m aware of and I believe it’s impossible for them to be fired. But we have to keep them on board for legal indemnification (protection from discrimination lawsuit).
One guy is very hard to work with. He’s been here two years and someone on my team threatened to quit if he ever had to work with him. The problem is he is too cocky and doesn’t take input from his team. He makes estimates without consulting any of the people doing the real work. He also has a permanent leg brace so he’s a racial minority and disabled, which is ultimate victimhood status. The higher ups decided to do a reorg for the sole purpose of getting his teammates away from him.
Another girl on my team is a backend intern and she is terrible. She’s basically just playing the system. She comes from a small school on the east coast where students do a ton of internships. I mean an absurd amount like NINE internships before they graduate. She has an internship lined up with amazon next summer so she feels like hot shit. But the only reason why she’s getting hired is because she’s a woman and knows how to play the interview game.
She does not do shit plain and simple. Literally 90% of the time when I glance at her screen she has an error message on her IDE and on her other window she’s writing a gigantic slack message to who knows who. She’s the only one on our team who keeps a privacy screen on her laptop. She does that because she knows she slacks off.
She doesn’t put in the due diligence to get up to speed on the code base and frameworks. I take the initiative to ask if she needs help and she says no. The higher ups were seriously considering cutting the internship short but decided not to because she could potentially slander us on Glassdoor and no one wants to deal with that.
What sucks about all this is that I’m a minority myself. Examples like the above constantly make me think the only reason why I got the job was because of my diversity status. I mean I didn’t fail the interviews but I’m sure there were other people just as good or better than me so did I only get the job to fulfill a quota? I am delivering on time and my boss says I’m killing it but it still makes me wonder if I was a white male would I have gotten the job in the first place.
Will there ever be a day when we reject identity politics?
Qualified hire regardless of race/gender etc is the correct approach.