It is a very critical text with regard to Elon Musk. SpaceX employees circulated a letter last weekend on the internal Microsoft Teams channel, which includes more than 2,600 employees. And they do not mince their words with regard to their boss, believing that other leaders should publicly condemn his excesses.
This initiative did not go unnoticed and we subsequently learned ” that a certain number of the people involved in this letter had been terminated.
Elon Musk fierce defender of freedom of expression (except within his companies)
In detail, this text explains in particular that “ SpaceX must quickly and explicitly part ways with Elon’s personal brand. In light of the recent allegations against our CEO and his public disparagement of the situation, we would like to provide our perspective on how these events affect the reputation of our company and, through it, our mission. “.
And the employees add:
Elon’s behavior in the public sphere has been a frequent source of distraction and embarrassment for us, especially in recent weeks. As CEO and most prominent spokesperson, Elon is considered the face of SpaceX – every tweet Elon sends is a de facto public statement by the company. It is essential to make it clear to our teams and our pool of potential talent that their messages do not reflect our work, our mission or our values.
These statements clearly did not please the management of SpaceX, which decided to dismiss them. She indicates that a small group of employees sent this letter to all their colleagues and asked them to add their signatures to the text. Gwynne Shotwell, COO of the company, goes on to explain that some of them felt “ uncomfortable and intimidated and/or angry because the letter urged them to sign something that did not reflect their opinion “.
Finally, she states: we have too much essential work to do and don’t need this kind of over-the-top activism “. As we have already seen in the past, Elon Musk’s unwavering commitment to freedom of expression is losing its vigor within his own companies.