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EMC Global Workforce Inclusion

Our Commitment to Diversity

"A diverse group of employees working together to solve problems from a variety of perspectives produces the kind of innovative thinking that sustains EMC leadership worldwide."
-Joe Tucci

EMC values an inclusive work environment where every employee is encouraged to share their ideas and talents so we can leverage our diversity. From our diversity, EMC draws the strength to be a world-class company.

EMC is committed to creating an environment of inclusion that has many dimensions—cross-geography, cross-organization, and across traditional lines of differences, such as gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, and race.

Programs and practices



EMC has numerous employee affinity circles. Listen to hear Glenn's impression of this initiative thus far.

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Employee circles — Promoting and leveraging diversity at a grass-roots level, EMC has a number of employee circles-groups organized and run by employees themselves. Supported and funded by our leadership team, these affinity groups provide employees the opportunity to participate and self-lead by arranging social, educational, and philanthropic programs for their colleagues. Additionally, the circles allow employees to share their personal experiences and collective talents, while offering the benefits of career development, retention, and productivity improvement. Some of the groups within EMC’s Diversity and Inclusion organization include:

  • Veteran’s Circle
  • Multi-Generational Employee Circle
  • Disability Employee Resource Group
  • EMC Asian Circle
  • Black Employee Affinity Group
  • EMC Latin Leadership Interest Team
  • Indian Subcontinent Employee Circle
  • EMC Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Advocates
  • Women’s Leadership Forum


Natalie is a working mother at EMC who has served as president of EMC's Women's Leadership Forum (WLF) for the past eight years. Hear what Natalie has to say about WLF.

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Diversity councils — Our executive team participates in business-specific diversity councils for our major business units. We have nine councils in all-each with the mission of sustaining an environment of innovation and inclusion and of making EMC the best place to work. The company’s competency models, used throughout EMC, define behaviors and actions that reflect this same mission.

Working mothers — For new and expecting mothers, EMC is rolling out a new workshop series and exercise program designed to make going on leave and returning to work less stressful. This workshop informs and establishes dialog with the women about the perks, policies, and opportunities available to them. In addition, all EMC benefits representatives have guidelines on the benefits and needs of women going on maternity leave, so they can service new and expecting mothers swiftly and effectively.



Jackie is a working mother at EMC. Hear her thoughts on work/life balance and how she has been able to manage it over the years.

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Other programs — In all, EMC policies and practices incorporate the company’s vision of creating a diverse workforce where employees can balance the needs of their careers and personal lives—a commitment reflected in these workplace programs and characteristics:

  • Electronic job posting
  • Development programs
  • Education assistance program
  • Safe and pleasant work environment
  • Harassment-free work environment
  • Open communications
  • Management by objective
  • Flexible work schedules
  • Onsite childcare
  • Child and dependent care referral
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Domestic partner/marriage benefit
  • Mentoring programs
  • Community involvement

Community outreach

EMC is involved and recognized in the community for its efforts to promote diversity, learning, and advancement. Recent examples include:

  • Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO) internship program
  • Corporation with biggest participation in the Partnership, Inc.’s yearly Leadership Development Program
  • Platinum sponsor of The Simmons School of Management's Leadership Conference
  • Super e-partner, North Carolina State University’s Computer Science Department
  • Steering Committee Members, Work Opportunity Network
  • Leadership in the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission Employer Advisory Board
  • Board, University of Massachusetts Minority and Women Engineering Program
  • Board, Working Mother Media
  • Board, Northeast Human Resources Association, Diversity Committee
  • Massachusetts High Tech's Women to Watch–EMC Senior Director of Engineering

Promoting supplier diversity

EMC’s supply base management organization strives to develop and foster a diverse supplier base. Supplier diversity benefits the community, suppliers, and EMC. Our efforts to sustain and broaden a diverse supplier network include the following:

  • EMC is a corporate member of the New England Minority Supplier Development Council.
  • EMC attends supplier diversity trade fairs to develop contacts with potential diverse suppliers.
  • EMC Procurement personnel are encouraged to seek out opportunities to use small, disadvantaged, women-owned, service-disabled veteran-owned, and hub-zoned business enterprises.
  • EMC policies encourage supplier diversity within the company’s supply base.

Managing workforce diversity

Employment practices at EMC—including hiring, transfers, layoffs, training, education, compensation, benefits, social and recreational programs—are non-discriminatory and based on job-related factors. EMC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, gender identity or expression, national origin or ancestry, genetics, citizenship status when otherwise legally able to work, age, disability, veteran status, or any other protected characteristic.

Our Equal Opportunity Plan is designed to report and monitor all plan-related procedures which include, but are not limited to:

  • Recruiting, hiring, training, and promoting applicants and employees in all job classifications without discrimination.
  • Making employment decisions that take into account the principle of furthering equal employment opportunity.
  • Ensuring that promotion decisions are in accord with principles of equal employment opportunity by applying valid requirements for promotional opportunities.
  • Ensuring that other personnel actions—such as compensation, benefits, transfers, layoffs, return from layoffs, company-sponsored training, education, tuition assistance, and social and recreational programs—are administered without discrimination.

EMC will not retaliate against any person who files a complaint concerning Equal Employment Opportunity or Affirmative Action.

Contact us

We welcome your questions and comments. For more about diversity at EMC, contact:

Jackie Glenn, Chief Diversity Officer
Office of Global Workforce Inclusion

For information on supplier diversity, contact James Foley at:


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