Misogyny strong at the top of Micrsosoft

Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella says women don’t need to ask for a raise. They should just trust the system – one that, in technology companies, is overwhelmingly male.

Nadella spoke at an event for women in computing held in Phoenix this week. He was asked to give his advice to women who are uncomfortable requesting a raise.

“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,” he answered. Not asking for a raise, he added, is “good karma” that would help a boss realise that the employee could be trusted and should have more responsibility.

Un-believable that a major corporate CEO could be that dense.   Of course you ask for a raise!  And when you don’t get it, and you feel you are undervalued in the market, you change companies.

What sort of slave-mentality is it to sit there quietly and hope you’ll get noticed?

After getting blasted on Twitter for his remarks, Nadella tweeted, “Was inarticulate re how women should ask for raise. Our industry must close gender pay gap so a raise is not needed because of a bias.”

But his comments at the event, the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, underscored why many see technology companies as workplaces that are difficult to navigate or even unfriendly for women and minorities. Tech companies, particularly the engineering ranks, are overwhelmingly male, white or Asian.

Criticised for their lack of diversity, major companies say they are trying to address the problem with programmes such as employee training sessions and by participating in initiatives meant to introduce women to coding.

Looking back, some of the best techheads I’ve worked with were women, and a good company CEO or manager will make sure there is a good mix there.  Populating companies with boys’ clubs stifles a chance to have all kinds of thinking contribute.   And at the risk of triggering the ire of those who think men and women are the same – they’re not.  And by avoiding the strengths of women in any kind of team means you are already handicapped.

 

– AP


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