Satya Nadella under the Fire for Suggesting Women Should not Ask for Raises

The famous CEO of Microsoft Satya Nadella managed to get into a huge controversy. The star is currently criticized by everyone for suggesting that women should not ask for raises. 

Without a doubt, Nadella made a mistake with these comments. The chief executive officer of Microsoft suggested on Thursday that women should not ask for raises, but instead should have faith in the system. The criticism linked to these comments determined Nadella to backtrack the statement he made. 

Satya Nadella has been the CEO of Microsoft since the month of February. The star was recently asked what women should do to make a successful career in the world of tech. The statements were made by Nadella at the tech conference that took place in Phoenix Arizona. The event 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 claimed. “Because that’s good karma,” the famous CEO added. “It’ll come back because somebody’s going to know that’s the kind of person that I want to trust,” Nadella concluded. 

Apparently, later Nadella realized that the comments he made were not really inspired, so he tried to reduce the damage. “Was inarticulate re how women should ask for raise,” he tweeted a few hours later. “Our industry must close gender pay gap so a raise is not needed because of a bias,” he added. 

And that was not all. Nadella also admitted that he made a mistake in a memo he sent Microsoft employees. “I answered that question completely wrong,” the memo revealed. “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,” it concluded. 

So, Nadella apologized for the comments he made, but it is yet to find out what women who work for Microsoft have to say about this. Currently, 29 percent of the people employed by the famous tech company are women. 

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