Nearly two dozen Blue Origin employees accuse Jeff Bezos of IGNORING safety concerns and fostering ‘toxic’ workplace so that he could win the billionaire space race
Blue Origin has been accused by current and former employees of creating a toxic work environment and putting aside employee safety to win the space race for founder Jeff Bezos.
In an essay, Alexandra Abrams, the former head of Blue Origin Employee Communications, saam met 20 former and current employees working on different programs at the company, sê they felt ‘unease’ when founder Jeff Bezos blasted into space this past July, with some unable to watch the event at all.
A number of the essay’s authors also said they would not be comfortable riding in a Blue Origin vehicle. They claimed that a common question at ‘high-level meetings’ was ‘When will Elon [Muskus] of [Richard] Branson fly?’ citing the competition between the three men to win the space race at all costs.
The group states that workforce gender gaps result in a ‘particular brand of sexism,’ with senior leaders, including one in CEO Bob Smith’s inner circle, are ‘consistently inappropriate with women.’
This person was reported to HR multiple times for sexual harassment, but Smith allegedly made this person a member of the hiring committee for filling a senior HR role in 2019.
Blue Origin has been accused by current and former employees of creating a toxic work environment and putting aside employee safety to win the space race for founder Jeff Bezos (pictured with CEO Bob Smith)
Another person called women ‘baby girl,’ ‘baby doll,’ or ‘sweetheart’ and asked about dating lives.
The essay also cites a former NASA astronaut and Blue Origin ‘senior leader’ who told women he was working with they should ask his opinion ‘because I am a man.’
‘We found many company leaders to be unapproachable and showing clear bias against women,’ the essay reads.
‘Concerns related to flying were consistently shut down, and women were demeaned for raising them.
‘When one man was let go for poor performance, he was allowed to leave with dignity, even a going-away party. Yet when a woman leader who had significantly improved her department’s performance was let go, she was ordered to leave immediately, with security hovering until she exited the building five minutes later.’
The essay notes that the toxic culture has taken a toll on the mental health of many employees, including some who have ‘experienced periods of suicidal thoughts.’
‘Former and current employees have had experiences they could only describe as dehumanizing, and are terrified of the potential consequences for speaking out against the wealthiest man on the planet,’ the essay reads.
‘One senior program leader with decades in the aerospace and defense industry said working at Blue Origin was the worst experience of her life.’
DailyMail.com has reached out to Blue Origin with a request for comment.
Many of the essay’s authors wrote the company never considered environmental impacts of the company’s operations until the last minute, citing the company’s headquarters in Kent, Washington that was ‘built on wetlands that were drained for construction.’
‘All of us joined Blue Origin eager to innovate and to open access to space for the benefit of humanity,’ the essay reads. ‘We believe exploring the possibilities for human civilization beyond Earth is a necessity.
‘But if this company’s culture and work environment are a template for the future Jeff Bezos envisions, we are headed in a direction that reflects the worst of the world we live in now, and sorely needs to change.’
The question at the aforementioned meetings concerning Musk and Branson’s schedules highlight a supposed environment in which ‘making progress for Jeff’ took precedence over safety concerns that would have otherwise slowed progress on the schedule.
‘Making progress for Jeff [Bezos]’ took precedence over safety concerns that would have otherwise slowed progress on the schedule
Branson flew to the edge of space on July 11, 9 days ahead of Bezos.
Branson and his firm, Virgin Galactic, was recently cleared to fly again after the Federal Aviation Administration halted future flights, pending an investigation into why the July 11 flight veered off course for 101 sekondes.
Muskus, who leads SpaceX, has not flown into space himself, but his company gestuur four civilians into space on September 15, vlieg 360 miles above the Earth.
Op Julie 20, Bezos, saam met sy broer, Merk, Nederlandse tiener Oliver Daemen en toetsvlieënier, Wally Funk, headed into space
Op Julie 20, Bezos, saam met sy broer, Merk, Nederlandse tiener Oliver Daemen en toetsvlieënier, Wally Funk, headed into space.
Funk became the oldest person to ever fly to space at 82 jaar oud.
By 18 jaar oud, Daemen het die jongste persoon geword, eerste tiener, en eerste persoon wat in die 21ste eeu gebore is om na die ruimte te reis.
Vroeër hierdie week, Blou oorsprong aangekondig its second space mission, scheduled for October 12.
Dr Chris Boshuizen, co-founder of Planet Labs and partner at venture capital firm DCVC and Medidata co-founder Glen de Vries into space on the New Shepard rocket.
In an email obtained by DailyMail.com, the company said the other two astronauts would be announced ‘in the coming days,’ though speculation rose last week when legendary Star Trek actor William Shatner was reported to join the crew.
DIE MILJOENRUIMTE: HOE BRANSON, MUSK EN BEZOS VERG VIR GALAKTIESE OPSOMMING
Jeff Bezos voor Blue Origin se ruimtekapsule
Gedoop die 'NewSpace’ stel, Jeff Bezos, Sir Richard Branson en Elon Musk sê almal dat hulle geïnspireer is deur die eerste maanlanding 1969, toe die VSA die Sowjetunie in die ruimtewedloop geklop het, en daar is geen twyfel hoeveel dit vir elkeen van hulle sou beteken om die 'nuwe ruimtewedloop' te wen nie.
Die stigter van Amazon, Bezos, het gelyk of hy die eerste van die drie na die ruimte sou wees, nadat hy planne aangekondig het om op Julie aan boord van sy ruimtemaatskappy Blue Origin se New Shepard-ruimtetuig te begin 20, but Branson beat him to the punch.
The British billionaire became Virgin Galactic Astronaut 001 when he made it to space on a suborbital flight nine days before Bezos – op Julie 11 in a test flight.
Bezos travelled to space on July 20 with his younger brother Mark, Oliver Daemen, an 18-year-old physics student whose dad purchased his ticket, and pioneering female astronaut Wally Funk, 82.
Alhoewel Musk, stigter van SpaceX en Tesla, gesê het dat hy die ruimte wil in, en selfs 'sterf op Mars', hy het nie gesê wanneer hy in 'n baan kan beland nie – but has purchased a ticket with Virgin Galactic for a suborbital flight.
SpaceX became the first of the ‘space tourism’ operators to send a fully civilian crew into orbit, with the Inspiration4 mission funded by billionaire Jared Isaacman.
His flight was on a Dragon capsule and SpaceX rocket built by space-obsessed billionaire, Elon Musk and took off for the three day orbital trip on September 16 – going higher than the International Space Station.
SpaceX blyk die voorloper te wees in die breër miljardêr-ruimtewedloop met talle lanserings wat NASA-toerusting na die ISS vervoer en vennootskappe om toeriste na die ruimte te stuur deur 2021.
Op Februarie 6 2018, SpaceX stuur vuurpyl na die baan van Mars, 140 miljoen myl weg, met Musk se eie rooi Tesla-roadster daarby.
Elon Musk met sy Dragon Crew kapsule
SpaceX has also taken two groups of astronauts to the |International Space Station, with crew from NASA, ESA and JAXA, the Japanese space agency.
SpaceX has been sending batches of 60 satelliete die ruimte in om sy Starlink-netwerk te vorm, which is already in beta and providing fast internet to rural areas.
Branson en Virgin Galactic neem 'n ander benadering tot die verowering van ruimte. Dit het herhaaldelik, en suksesvol, toetsvlugte van die Virgin Galactic se Unity-ruimtetuig uitgevoer.
Die eerste het in Desember plaasgevind 2018 en die nuutste op Mei 22, met die vlug wat versnel tot meer as 2,000 myl per uur (Mach 2.7).
Meer as 600 gegoede klante tot op hede, waaronder bekendes Brad Pitt en Katy Perry, voorbehou het a $250,000 (£ 200,000) sitplek op een van Virgin se ruimtereise. The final tickets are expected to cost $350,000.
Branson het vroeër gesê hy verwag dat Elon Musk die wedloop na Mars met sy private vuurpylefirma SpaceX sal wen.
Richard Branson met die Virgin Galactic-vaartuig
SpaceShipTwo kan ses passasiers en twee vlieëniers vervoer. Elke passasier kry dieselfde sitplek met twee groot vensters – een aan die kant en een bokant.
Die ruimteskip is 60 voet lank met 'n kajuit van 90 duim deursnee wat ruimte bied vir ruimtevaarders om in swaartekrag te swaai..
Dit klim tot 50.000 voet voordat die vuurpylmotor ontbrand. SpaceShipTwo skei van sy vervoervaartuig, White Knight II, sodra dit 50 myl verby is.
Passasiers word 'ruimtevaarders’ wanneer hulle die Karman-lyn bereik, die grens van die aarde se atmosfeer.
Die ruimteskip sal dan 'n suborbitale reis onderneem met ongeveer ses minute gewigloosheid, met die hele vlug wat ongeveer duur 1.5 ure.
Bezos in April onthul 2017 dat hy Blue Origin met ongeveer finansier $1 miljard (£ 720 miljoen) van Amazon-aandele elke jaar.
Die stelsel bestaan uit 'n bemanningskapsel onder druk bo-op 'n herbruikbare 'New Shepard'’ booster-vuurpyl.
Op sy hoogtepunt, die kapsule bereik 65 myl (104 kilometers), net bokant die amptelike drumpel vir ruimte en het sewe minute na die opheffing vertikaal geland.
Blue Origin are working on New Glenn, the next generation heavy lift rocket, that will compete with the SpaceX Falcon 9.