If you’re a woman and you want a raise, consider not asking for one and earning “good karma” instead. So said Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, who spoke Thursday at a women’s tech conference.
“It’s not really about asking for the raise but knowing and having faith that the system will give you the right raises as you go along,” Nadella said in his keynote speech at the the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing in Phoenix.
This would be the same “system” that on average pays women 78 percent as much as what men make.
Nadella’s advice was met with skepticism — including from his interviewer, the president of Harvey Mudd College Maria Klawe.
“Let me tell you a story about myself because this is actually one of the few things I disagree with you on,” Klawe, who is also a member of Microsoft’s board of directors, said to applause from the audience.
Klawe then proceeded to share her own story of being afraid to ask for more for herself when she took a new job, which she estimated cost her $50,000.
Her advice to the audience?
“Do your homework.”
Conference attendees and those following the annual event from afar weighed in on social media.
Nadella himself has since taken to Twitter to clarify his comments:
He also sent an
to Microsoft employees following the “feedback”:
“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.”