Newly minted CEO Satya Nadella on women and compensation within the Microsoft workforce.
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… Because that’s good karma. It’ll come back because somebody’s going to know that’s the kind of person that I want to trust
So, women should simply do their jobs and wait for men to pay them more because, you know, karma?
After thinking about it (and probably hearing about it), Nadella tweeted a followup response.
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.
And then came the official response from a Microsoft employee:
I answered that question completely wrong. 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… you should just ask.
Nadella is lucky. His gaffe was not as much of a flap as “You’re holding it wrong.”