Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella believes women working in the tech industry shouldn’t ask for raises. Instead, he thinks they should “have faith in the system” to give them the money they deserve. Not surprisingly, his comments didn’t go over well with women.
Nadella was giving a speech to a panel of women in Phoenix on Thursday, when interviewer Maria Klawe asked him what advice he would give to women who are uncomfortable asking for raises. His response?
“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 then claimed that not asking for a raise is “good karma.” He claims that a boss will realize that the female employee can be trusted and should therefore be paid more and be given extra responsibility.
Apparently Satya Nadella hasn’t been paying attention to the last 100 years of labor force pay in the United States. I’ll assume he has never read a single major report on the wage gap as well.
The fact that Microsoft’s CEO made his comments at a computing event for women left Twitter users in an uproar.
Oh lord. On the evening that Satya Nadella tells women they should rely on "karma" rather than asking for pay rise…
— Katherine Rushton (@kerushton) October 10, 2014
Even men were not pleased with his remarks:
Satya Nadella just told women not to ask for raises and “have faith in the system.” WHAT. THE. HECK. http://t.co/fJJiI6MhTU
— Casey Newton (@CaseyNewton) October 9, 2014
Obvious Q: Did Satya Nadella ever ask for a raise for himself or leave it up to "good karma"? http://t.co/WwVlXNEw0v
— Dan Berman (@DHBerman) October 10, 2014
Several hours after his bad choice of words surfaced, Satya Nadella sent out a tweet to backtrack on his inarticulate comment:
Was inarticulate re how women should ask for raise. Our industry must close gender pay gap so a raise is not needed because of a bias #GHC14
— Satya Nadella (@satyanadella) October 9, 2014
Fair enough, maybe he chose poor words in describing how to approach a raise as a female in any field. If you really want a raise, do you research and find out how other people progressed through the ranks of your company. Relying on “good karma” for anything is about as foolish as you can get when it comes to making smart business decisions for your own future.[Photo Credit: