Benioff was surprised at the request given the efforts he and his team had made to make Salesforce a place of equal opportunity and benefits. But ultimately he agreed and supported the initiative.
Salesforce acquires lots of companies, Robbins explains. In 2017, it acquired 14 companies. And, as she points out: "When you acquire 14 companies, you acquire not just their technology and their people, but also their pay practices."
Also, Robbins says the audit is a continuous learning process, and their methodology wasn't perfect from the start.
One of the most significant process changes Salesforce made was during the recruitment process. Instead of asking candidates about their current compensation, Salesforce recruiters and hiring managers now ask: "What is the compensation you expect?"
Otherwise, Robbins explained, new employees are simply bringing in their pay gap from their previous employer.
Salesforce has also increased the number of women employees by 2,000 in the last year and increased the number of female in leadership roles by 34% since instituting the assessment.
She also reiterated that the equal pay initiative couldn't have happened without the buy-in from their CEO, Marc Benioff.