Microsoft CEO Nadella says women shouldn’t ask for pay raises

“Microsoft Corp’s chief executive officer suggested on Thursday that women in technology should not ask for raises but have faith in the ‘system,’ bringing a torrent of criticism and causing the executive to backtrack after the statement,” Bill Rigby reports for Reuters. “Satya Nadella, who became CEO in February, was asked how women should get ahead in the tech world at a three-day conference in Phoenix, Arizona, intended to celebrate women in computing. ‘It’s not really about asking for the raise, but knowing and having faith that the system will actually give you the right raises as you go along,’ Nadella said, according to a recording on the website of the event, the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing.”

“‘Because that’s good karma,’ Nadella continued. ‘It’ll come back because somebody’s going to know that’s the kind of person that I want to trust,’” Rigby reports. “Nadella later tried to patch up the damage. ‘Was inarticulate re how women should ask for raise,’ he tweeted several hours after his remarks. ‘Our industry must close gender pay gap so a raise is not needed because of a bias.’”

“Nadella also admitted his error in a memo to Microsoft employees which was posted on the company’s website,” Rigby reports. “‘I answered that question completely wrong,’ said the memo. ‘I believe men and women should get equal pay for equal work. And when it comes to career advice on getting a raise when you think it’s deserved, Maria’s advice was the right advice. If you think you deserve a raise, you should just ask.’”


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