Microsoft CEO under fire over comments made during a tech conference

The CEO of Microsoft is getting a lot of backlash on social media for comments he made at a women during a tech conference in Phoenix. Satya Nadella was speaking at the Phoenix Convention Center, when asked about how women in the tech field should ask for a pay raise. He didn’t say women should speak up; he told them they should rely on “the system” and karma to work things out.

Satya Nadella (Photo by OFFICIAL LEWEB PHOTOS)
Satya Nadella (Photo by OFFICIAL LEWEB PHOTOS)

“I think that might be one of the additional superpowers, that quite frankly women who don’t ask for a raise have, because that is good karma and it will come back because someone is going to know that is the kind of person I want to trust,” said Satya Nadella during the conference.

Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella was giving the keynote speech in front of thousands of women; his advice stirred a lot of controversy.

“It’s not really about asking for a raise, but knowing and having faith that the system will actually give you the right raise as you go along,” he said.

Selena Larson is a tech reporter attending the event and said she was shocked to hear Nadella suggests women trust a system that is overwhelmingly male and that generally pays men more than women.

“There was mumbling and audience murmurs from women who didn’t agree with what he was saying,” said Larson.

“No, women shouldn’t rely on the system, and they have just as much of a right as a man does to ask for a raise,” said Valerie Simones, an attendee.

Now Nadella is apologizing saying he misspoke and sent a company-wide email to his employees saying he was wrong.

“He sent an email to the company wide alias saying he did not answer the question right and he thinks men and women should have equal pay, that is how he should have started and given a spin on everything else later,” said Jyo Rathor, a Microsoft developer.

Maria Klawe, the moderator sitting next to Nadella says she was surprised about his comments.

“He’s totally wonderful, he just I think was clueless about this issue and was talking about a more utopian views of the world than actually exists,” said Maria Klawe.

Klawe says the remarks are actually good for the industry.

“The great thing about this miserable situation that we are dealing with today is it’s causing people to talk about it, to think about the issues,” she said.

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Justin Heintz

Digital Media Director and jack of all trades at 88.7 The Pulse.