BOB sucked and so does Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, and his gaffe about women’s pay.
At a women’s tech conference Thursday, Nadella said that women not asking for a raise is “good karma” and that “the system will give you the right raises as you go along.”
Afterwards, the software executive apologized and backpedaled. But the apology doesn’t dispel concerns about pay equality at Microsoft, says Nita Chaudhary, co-founder of online workplace group UltraViolet.
“It is shameful that Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella would tell women—especially in an industry that already has a serious problem recruiting and retaining female talent—not to ask for raises,” she said in a statement released Friday.
Nadella’s comment wasn’t quite as tone-deaf as it seems from the sound bite. He began by saying that “all HR systems are long term efficient, short term inefficient.”
Someone who is doing good work will, in the long-term, be fairly compensated. “In the long term efficiency, things catch up,” he said.