Tuesday, July 5

SpaceX employees against Elon Musk in letter: “we are ashamed” | Digital Trends Spanish

A tough letter against Elon Musk was leaked in an internal chat of SpaceXand it is precisely a letter from several workers of the aerospace company that intends to deliver to the president of the company: Gwynne Shotwell.

In the text, the employees maintain that they are ashamed of the public behavior of the also owner of Tesla.

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Here is the harsh letter from SpaceX employees against Elon Musk:

An open letter to SpaceX executives,

In light of the recent allegations against our CEO and his public disparagement of the situation, we would like to provide comments on how these events affect our company’s reputation and, through it, our mission. Employees from all spectrums of gender, ethnicity, seniority, and technical roles have contributed to this letter. We believe that it is imperative to maintain an honest and open dialogue between us to effectively achieve our company’s core goals together: to make SpaceX a great place to work for everyone and to make humans a multi-planetary species.

As SpaceX employees, we are expected to challenge established processes, innovate quickly to solve complex problems as a team, and use failures as learning opportunities. Commitment to these ideals is central to our identity and is central to how we have redefined our industry. But despite all our technical achievements, SpaceX does not apply these principles to promoting diversity, equity and inclusion with the same priority throughout the companyresulting in a workplace culture that remains firmly rooted in the status quo.

Individuals and groups of SpaceX employees have dedicated significant effort beyond their technical reach to make the company a more inclusive space through conference recruitment, open forums, leadership feedback, outreach and more. However, we feel an unequal burden to undertake this effort, as the company has not applied adequate urgency and resources to the issue in a manner consistent with our approach to critical path technical projects. To be clear: the recent events are not isolated incidents; they are emblematic of a larger culture that does not serve many of the people who enable SpaceX’s extraordinary achievements. As industry leaders, we have a unique responsibility to address this.

Elon’s behavior in the public sphere is a frequent source of distraction and embarrassment for us., particularly in recent weeks. As our most prominent CEO and spokesperson, Elon is seen as the face of SpaceX: every Tweet Elon sends is a de facto public statement from the company. It’s critical to make it clear to our teams and potential talent pool that his message does not reflect our work, our mission, or our values.

SpaceX’s current systems and culture fall short of its stated values, as many employees continue to experience uneven enforcement of our oft-repeated “No Asshole” and “Zero Tolerance” policies. This must change. As a starting point, we present the following categories of action items, the details of which we would like to discuss in person with the executive team in a month’s time:

Publicly address and condemn Elon’s harmful behavior on Twitter. SpaceX must quickly and explicitly separate itself from Elon’s personal brand.

Hold all leaders equally accountable for making SpaceX a great place to work for everyone. Apply a critical eye to issues that prevent employees from fully performing their jobs and reaching their potential, pursuing specific, long-lasting actions that are well-resourced, transparent, and treated with the same rigor and urgency as establishing flight justification after of a hardware failure.

Consistently define and respond to all forms of unacceptable behavior. Clearly define exactly what is intended by SpaceX’s no and zero tolerance policies and consistently enforce them. SpaceX must establish safe ways to report and maintain clear repercussions for all unacceptable behavior, whether from the CEO or an employee starting their first day.

We care deeply about SpaceX’s mission to make humanity multiplanetary. But the most important thing is that we care about each other. The collaboration we need to make life multiplanetary is incompatible with a culture that treats employees as consumable resources. Our unique position requires that we consider how our actions today will shape the experiences of individuals beyond our planet. Is the culture we are fostering now the one we intend to take to Mars and beyond?

We have made progress in that direction, but there is much more to achieve.

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