Alicia Brown is a Senior Aggregation Operations Technician in the Engineering department at Glassdoor. Brown has been with Glassdoor for three years, having spent two years in the Mill Valley headquarters before relocating to the Chicago office. As part of her job, she helps maintain the inventory of jobs on Glassdoor’s website to make Glassdoor the best place for job seekers to find jobs. Additionally, Alicia serves as co-chair of Glassdoor’s Black employee resource group, BUILD. We spoke with Brown about her tech career trajectory and journey to becoming part of the LGBTQ+ community.
Glassdoor: Share your career journey. What led you down the path of your current profession?
Glassdoor: How has Glassdoor celebrated and supported your LGBTQ+ identity and surrounding community?
Brown: I wasn’t out until somewhat recently, but I would say I connected with colleagues in the community at Glassdoor that were supportive throughout my process and that I could talk to about it. It helped tremendously knowing that I wasn’t the only one and that I could work towards being more open about it, as they were. Part of my process was attending Glassdoor’s annual Pride Bar Crawl. Additionally, when it came up in conversation in my 1:1 with my manager, I shared that I had come out recently. I felt supported when he shared that he noticed that I was happier and that that must have been why. He also asked questions about my experience coming out and the impact it has had on my life. It meant a lot that he cared at that level.
Glassdoor: What does Pride mean to you, and how are you planning to celebrate this year?
Brown: Pride, for me, represents being your authentic self, which includes loving whoever you love. Being able to celebrate that part of me rather than feel ashamed for it or try to hide it in the company of others. This year, I’ll be celebrating by attending virtual Pride events held internally by Glassdoor, external virtual Pride events, and connecting with my friends in the LGBTQ+ community.