June 7, 2023

Microsoft’s chief advertising and marketing officer Christopher Capossela, who simply cashed out $4.4 million price of inventory, advised workers indignant about lack of wage raises that their greatest option to enhance their pay is to make the inventory go increased, based on screenshots of an inside dialog considered by Fortune.

“A very powerful lever for nearly all our workers’ compensation upside is the inventory worth,” Capossela wrote in a chat with workers final week on an inside social networking software referred to as Yammer. “So nice quarterly outcomes contribute to creating the inventory engaging which in flip drives everybody’s whole compensation up.”

Microsoft advised workers earlier this month that, on account of financial situations, the corporate won’t present raises for full-time salaried workers. This comes after the corporate introduced it could layoff 10,000 workers by way of the tip of March (thought some some studies are discovering Microsoft remains to be making cuts previous its self-mandated deadline).

“Our present worker depend is round 250k individuals which is a big enhance 12 months over 12 months. So the painful job eliminations and the tough resolution to not enhance salaries this 12 months has the impact of slowing down a big enhance in our individuals investments,” Capossela wrote in one other message to employees on Yammer on Tuesday (A Microsoft spokesperson advised Fortune that the latest disclosed headcount is definitely 221,000). “We’re nonetheless investing closely in our individuals in addition to in our knowledge middle capability to hopefully place us effectively for the Al transformation.”

With firm morale bruised by price reducing, inside criticism of Microsoft administration is rising, notably amongst workers who really feel the burden shouldn’t be being shouldered equally between staff and executives. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella obtained a ten% pay elevate in 2022, elevating his whole compensation to $55 million.

Final week, Capossela bought $2.85 million price of inventory, including to the $1.55 million price of shares that he bought the week prior, MarketWatch reported. Based on a submitting with the Securities and Trade Fee, the CMO bought a complete of 5,000 shares final Tuesday at a median worth of $308.705 and on Wednesday, he bought one other 4,177 shares at a median worth of $312.905. Not one of the inventory gross sales had been by way of pre-arranged inventory buying and selling plans, which Microsoft doesn’t require of its executives in distinction to many different corporations.

A Microsoft spokesperson mentioned that Capossela was not out there for feedback, and mentioned that Capossela’s “holdings considerably exceed the holding necessities set by the Microsoft Board of Administrators. This sale is a part of Chris’ private planning and doesn’t mirror any change in his dedication to the corporate’s success.”

Based on screenshots of the dialog considered by Fortune, an worker requested management what the rationale was behind not offering raises for workers provided that Microsoft’s web revenue in the latest quarter elevated 9% year-over-year. Microsoft can also be pouring huge quantities of cash into A.I. know-how and on acquisitions such because the pending $69 billion buy of Activision Blizzard.

“The identical ideas apply to the senior management group and me. This will probably be mirrored each within the absence of wage will increase and within the stage of annual performance-based bonuses for the SLT [senior leadership team], which will probably be considerably decrease than final 12 months,” Capossela wrote in response to 1 questioner within the chat. “After all, I’m not asking you to agree with the choice (these are powerful calls being made throughout a really turbulent macro-economic surroundings), however I hope this helps clarify a bit of the rationale as to why.”

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