At women's tech event, Microsoft CEO says women need not ask for raise, should trust system

Small Business Associated Press

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella says women don't need to ask for a raise. They should just trust the system — one that at technology companies is overwhelmingly male.

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

He replied that women should have faith that the system will give them the right raises as they go along. He added that not asking for a raise is "good karma."

Nadella was interviewed by Maria Klawe, the president of Harvey Mudd College and a Microsoft director. She told him she disagrees, drawing cheers from the audience. She suggested women do their homework on salary information and first practice asking with people they trust.