Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) CEO apologizing yet again for his bold statement against women asking for raises


Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) apologized to employees in a memo for upsetting them by stating earlier at the Going to the Grace Hopper conference that women shouldn’t be asking for raises.


This statement was made at a conference for women and he admitted in his apology letter that one of his answers was a sort of generic advice which wasn’t really right to say. He stated that he received the advice from mentors and apologized yet again for being too harsh in his words.

Its one thing that maybe Nadella never had to ask for a raise in his career but it’s another thing to think that no one else needed to ask for it. However, the CEO admits to wronging his people and stated that he was to make the company more diverse and stated his desire for a vibrant culture.

He justified the fact that Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) pays both gender of employees the same amount and even if there is the slightest bit of change between races and genders then it is between 0.5% when job title and level is considered. He stated that last year there were women which were at the same level and title who earned 99.7% that of what males earned with the same level and title. He continued to say that in any year, any group may be a bit higher or lower in earnings.

Nadella not only focused on a diverse staff but also on diverse products. This apology of his sort of indirectly showed employees the direction where the company aims to be. He continued to state the three areas where progress was to be made immediately:

  • The need to focus on equal pay for equal work with equal opportunities
  • Recruit a more diverse pool of talent at Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT)
  • Include trainings on inclusive culture for employees

Nadella ended his notes with the statement that he is fully committed to all these efforts along with this Senior Leadership Team. He continued to say that the company was to work side by side with GM, Inclusion, Gwen Houston and Diversity every month to make sure all these efforts are turned into progressive actions. Q&A sessions for employees will commence from November where each ambiguity will be looked upon.

The CEO stated that initial advice that was given to him while beginning his career as CEO was to be bold as well as right. That is what he tried to apply at the conference but realized that the action was bold rather than right. With this realization he stated that the company is due for positive change with the learning that he found. He says that Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) will be used as an institute to do great things.

The point to be noted here is that with all this in mind, no doubt Nadella said something offensive however, his retort to his wrongness may lead to positive changes at the company with a better culture and better focus.