I’ll keep it short.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, when asked what advice he would give young women in the tech industry regarding asking for a pay raise, offered this:
Which is, 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.
And that, I think, might be one of the additional superpowers that, quite frankly, women who don’t ask for a raise have. 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. That’s the kind of person that I want to really give more responsibility to. And in the long-term efficiency, things catch up,
Essentially ladies, even if you don’t ask for a raise, you’ll eventually get fair pay. If this were true, I’d be making six figures annually.
His “advice” ironically, was given at the 2014 Grace Hopper Conference, which celebrates women in technology.
You can’t make this shit up.
The comments he made were a ramble, and hopefully do not really express his actual feelings on the matter. If not, it reflects abysmally on Microsoft, and its culture/attitudes.
Perhaps Mr. Nadella should speak at The 3% Conference, championing creative female talent and leadership.