"Blue Origin's professional opponents are stifling hard."
A former director of communications for Blue Origin and 20 current and former employees wrote a blistering piece on the company's culture, citing safety concerns, gender attitudes, and a lack of commitment to the future. planet earth.
"In our experience, Blue Origin culture is based on ignoring the conditions of our planet, turning a blind eye to gender, misaligning appropriately with safety concerns, and those seeking to right wrongs." They are silent.” “This is not the world we should be creating here on Earth, and it is certainly not a better world for us as a haven,” the authors wrote.
This article, published on the Lioness website on Thursday, was signed by Alexandra Abrams, who is the public signer, accepted. He led the company's employee liaison to the end of his work in 2019. The other signatories, mostly engineers, declined to be named publicly because they did not want to jeopardize work at Blue Origin or harm their space prospects.READ MORE Despite flying Tuesday, Jeff Bezos reduces his time to rescue Blue Origin
Sometimes, this article is shockingly candid. Several authors say they don't feel safe flying in a Blue Origin vehicle.And tales of sexism and an unhealthy work culture live on. The authors wrote: “Past and current employees have had experiences that can only be described as humane, and they are terrified of the potential consequences of speaking out against the richest man on the planet.” Others have experienced periods of suicidal thoughts. After manipulating their passion for space in M Such a toxic environment. It was his life." Advertising
In response to the article, Blue Origin issued a statement insulting Abrams but did not directly respond to some of the article's allegations. The company said, "Ms. Abrams had been fired for two years prior, following repeated warnings about issues Related to Federal Export Control Regulations.” “Blue Origin does not tolerate discrimination or harassment. We provide employees with a variety of options, including 24-hour and 7-day anonymous hotlines, and will promptly investigate any new allegations of misconduct."
Abrams told Ars. Never any verbal or written warnings from the administration on issues related to federal export control regulations. He says he has been making this public for a long time and knows it will open it up to widespread litigation. He said, "They can come after me for any amount of money." They provided reliable information about the company in the past. Although this article was clearly the product of dissatisfied workers, these sources agreed that there were elements of truth in the article. For these sources, the lackluster criticism of Blue Origin founder and CEO Jeff Bezos was The chosen one, Bob Smith, is very correct.
The authors of the article write: “Professional opposition in Blue Origin is actively stifled. Smith personally told one of us not to make it easy for the staff in town halls—one of the only ones. Chat for direct and open conversation. " p>
These town halls are usually set up so that employees cannot ask questions of Smith directly. In one infamous exchange, there seemed to be some basic questions that Smith was willing to answer, and the supervisor asked Smith about His favorite ice cream. “Sorbet,” Smith replied. To resolve labor disputes in court.
“In 2019, Blue Origin leadership required all employees to sign new contracts on the condition of no humiliation requiring them and their heirs not to say any Something that hurts people's goodwill. The article's authors write: "Contracts are now set for some employees who leave to pay the company's legal costs if the company is selected to breach the contract." They signed and debated those who did not. Sources confirmed to Ars that she really faced the choice of signing such a heavy contract or that she realized she would eventually have to leave Blue Origin. It seemed unfair.
It's possible that This article places Blue Origin in the space community, where the company is pleased with the lawsuit, especially after Blue Origin filed a complaint with NASA. The failure to compete with the human landing system. This could also harm Smith's position as CEO. But it remains to be seen whether This will eventually force Bezos to fire Smith, who has a 19% advantage in Glassdoor.Sources say he is still spending billions of dollars as Blue Origin seeks to complete development of the BE-4 rocket engine, build New Glenn, discuss a human landing system contract and move into new territories. , like low Earth orbit space stations... But his company culture is fragile, if not completely broken. It takes more money to fix it. Abrams said he has long believed in Bezos' secret. He has all the resources to build a great space company and change the world. For better, it was painful to see Bezos' actions cut short by his words. "We thought you would be," he said. We did it because we were so excited." p>
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