SpaceX employees see CEO Musk as ‘distraction’

SpaceX employees see CEO Musk as 'distraction'

Group Of SpaceX Employees Derided Elon Musk

A group of SpaceX employees derided chief executive Elon Musk as a “distraction and embarrassment” in a letter to executives.

Allegations Of Sexual Harrasment That Musk Has Denied

Musk, who heads the electric automaker Tesla Inc, has been in headlines and late-night comedy monologues for a tumultuous quest to buy social media giant Twitter. There are also reports of allegations of sexual harassment that Musk has denied.

“Elon’s behaviour in the public sphere is a frequent source of distraction and embarrassment for us, particularly in recent weeks,” read the letter. It is pertinent to state that the letter does not single out any controversy in particular. 

Every Tweet Elon Sends Is A De Facto Public Statement

“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,” the letter added.

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Letter Was First Reported By The Verge

The open letter was first reported by The Verge. It was drafted by SpaceX employees in recent weeks. It was an internal “Morale Boosters” group chat, which contains thousands of employees, according to a person familiar with the matter.

It was not clear who authored the letter or the number of employees involved in its drafting.

“SpaceX must swiftly and explicitly separate itself from Elon’s personal brand.” It added: “Hold all leadership equally accountable to making SpaceX a great place to work for everyone” and “define and uniformly respond to all forms of unacceptable behaviour.”

Elon Musk Often Doesn’t Realize How Something He Says Could Affect Others

“He often doesn’t realise how something he says could affect others,” one SpaceX employee said of Musk. “The letter is a collective ‘Hey! We’re getting some heat for things that are unrelated to us.'”

SpaceX Employees Are Frustrated Busy Elon Musk Controversies

Many SpaceX employees are frustrated by Musk’s controversies, the SpaceX employee said, yet “remain as focused as ever and excited for the future.”

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