Elon Musk's own staff have finally said what we're all thinking in open letter to SpaceX president
He has since fired five people
Elon Musk's staff members at SpaceX have penned an open letter to the founder and CEO voicing their feelings over his conduct in the public sphere and the reputation surrounding him and his companies.
To put it bluntly, it sounds a bit like he's their embarrassing uncle.
Following a number of discussions on the company's internal chat system in recent weeks and months, a group of employees ultimately decided to draft the letter and ask other staff members to sign it, either with their name or anonymously, before handing it to the company president Gwynne Shotwell.
Reuters reports that the billionaire has subsequently five fired people.
Having reviewed the document, The Verge reports that it contains the following statement: “Elon’s behaviour in the public sphere is a frequent source of distraction and embarrassment for us, particularly in recent weeks.
“As our CEO and most prominent spokesperson, Elon is seen as the face of SpaceX — every Tweet that Elon sends is a de facto public statement by the company. It is critical to make clear to our teams and to our potential talent pool that his messaging does not reflect our work, our mission, or our values.”
It goes without saying that Musk has never been one to shy away from doing whatever he likes, whether that's going on Saturday Night Live dressed as Wario, using Twitter to post memes and toy with the crypto market or just buying the damn social media giant entirely.
However, recent controversies such as allegations that he paid off a company employee to keep quiet about his own sexual misconduct and his usual online antics like mocking Bill Gates by likening him to a pregnant man, appear to have added to his workforce's growing frustration - not that Musk seems to mind:
I’m dressing as a sink on Halloween, as they will have no choice but to let me in
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 15, 2022
While it is unclear what the full extent of the concerns raised by his employees are and whether this extends to his other business ventures such as Tesla and Starlink, those who signed the letter argued that the company should “publicly address and condemn Elon’s harmful Twitter behaviour” and “hold all leadership equally accountable” for bad behaviour - or what he has dubbed a ‘no-asshole’ policy.
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