Blue Origin accused of toxic workplace by current and ex-employees

Nearly two dozen Blue Origin employees accuse Jeff Bezos of IGNORING safety concerns and fostering ‘toxicworkplace so that he could win the billionaire space race

  • Blue Origin is accused of a toxic work environment and putting aside safety to win the space race for founder Jeff Bezos
  • 21 current and former employees say workforce gender gaps result in a ‘particular brand of sexism
  • They also claimed that ‘making progress for Jefftook precedence over safety concerns that would have otherwise slowed progress on the schedule
  • The workers alleged that women were women referred to as ‘baby girlby one senior staff member who also asked questions about their dating lives
  • One former NASA astronaut and Blue Origin ‘senior leadertold women he was working with they should ask his opinion ‘because I am a man
  • The company did not consider environmental impacts of the its operations
  • ‘Making progress for Jefftook precedence over safety concerns
  • 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, insieme a 20 former and current employees working on different programs at the company, dire they felt ‘uneasewhen 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 meetingswas ‘When will Elon [Muschio] o [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)

    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 ‘sweetheartand asked about dating lives.

    The essay also cites a former NASA astronaut and Blue Origin ‘senior leaderwho 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 Jefftook 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

    ‘Making progress for Jeff [Bezos]’ took precedence over safety concerns that would have otherwise slowed progress on the schedule

    Branson volò to the edge of space on July 11, 9 days ahead of Bezos.

    Branson and his firm, Virgin Galactic, erano 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 secondi.

    Muschio, who leads SpaceX, has not flown into space himself, but his company inviato four civilians into space on September 15, volare 360 miles above the Earth.

    A luglio 20, Bezos, insieme a suo fratello, marchio, Dutch teenager Oliver Daemen and test pilot, Wally Funk, headed into space

    A luglio 20, Bezos, insieme a suo fratello, marchio, Dutch teenager Oliver Daemen and test pilot, Wally Funk, headed into space

    A luglio 20, Bezos, insieme a suo fratello, marchio, Dutch teenager Oliver Daemen and test pilot, Wally Funk, headed into space.

    Funk became the oldest person to ever fly to space at 82 Anni.

    A 18 Anni, Daemen became the youngest person, first teenager, and first person born in the 21st century to travel to space.

    All'inizio di questa settimana, Origine Blu annunciato 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.

    LA CORSA MILIONARIA ALLO SPAZIO: COME BRANSON, MUSK E BEZOS VENGONO IN LEGA PER LA SUPREMAZIA GALATTICA

    Jeff Bezos davanti alla capsula spaziale di Blue Origin

    Jeff Bezos davanti alla capsula spaziale di Blue Origin

    Soprannominato il "NewSpace"’ impostato, Jeff Bezos, Sir Richard Branson ed Elon Musk dicono tutti di essere stati ispirati dal primo sbarco sulla luna in 1969, quando gli Stati Uniti hanno battuto l'Unione Sovietica nella corsa allo spazio, e non c'è dubbio quanto significherebbe per ciascuno di loro vincere la "nuova corsa allo spazio".

    Il fondatore di Amazon Bezos sembrava destinato a essere il primo dei tre a volare nello spazio, dopo aver annunciato i piani per il lancio a bordo della navicella spaziale New Shepard della sua compagnia spaziale Blue Origin a luglio 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 – a luglio 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.

    Anche se il fondatore di SpaceX e Tesla, Musk, ha detto di voler andare nello spazio, e anche "morire su Marte", non ha detto quando potrebbe esplodere in orbita – but has purchased a ticket with Virgin Galactic for a suborbital flight.

    SpaceX became the first of the ‘space tourismoperators 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 sembra essere all'avanguardia nella più ampia corsa allo spazio miliardario con numerosi lanci che trasportano attrezzature della NASA sulla ISS e partnership per inviare turisti nello spazio 2021.

    In febbraio 6 2018, SpaceX sent rocket towards the orbit of Mars, 140 million miles away, with Musk’s own red Tesla roadster attached.

    Elon Musk with his Dragon Crew capsule

    Elon Musk with his Dragon Crew capsule

    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 satellites into space to help form its Starlink network, which is already in beta and providing fast internet to rural areas.

    Branson and Virgin Galactic are taking a different approach to conquering space. It has repeatedly, and successfully, conducted test flights of the Virgin Galactic’s Unity space plane.

    The first took place in December 2018 and the latest on May 22, con il volo che accelera a più di 2,000 miglia all'ora (Mach 2.7).

    Più di 600 clienti benestanti fino ad oggi, tra cui celebrità Brad Pitt e Katy Perry, hanno riservato a $250,000 (£ 200.000) posto su uno dei viaggi spaziali di Virgin. The final tickets are expected to cost $350,000.

    Branson ha precedentemente affermato di aspettarsi che Elon Musk vinca la corsa su Marte con la sua compagnia missilistica privata SpaceX.

    Richard Branson con l'imbarcazione Virgin Galactic

    Richard Branson con l'imbarcazione Virgin Galactic

    SpaceShipTwo può trasportare sei passeggeri e due piloti. Ogni passeggero ottiene la stessa posizione di seduta con due grandi finestre – uno di lato e uno in alto.

    La nave spaziale è lunga 60 piedi con una cabina di 90 pollici di diametro che consente agli astronauti il ​​massimo spazio per galleggiare a gravità zero.

    Sale a 50.000 piedi prima che il motore a razzo si accenda. SpaceShipTwo si separa dalla sua nave da trasporto, Cavaliere Bianco II, una volta superata la soglia delle 50 miglia.

    I passeggeri diventano "astronauti"’ quando raggiungono la linea Karman, il confine dell'atmosfera terrestre.

    L'astronave effettuerà quindi un viaggio suborbitale con circa sei minuti di assenza di gravità, con l'intero volo della durata di circa 1.5 ore.

    Bezos rivelato ad aprile 2017 che finanzia Blue Origin con circa $1 miliardi (£ 720 milioni) di azioni Amazon ogni anno.

    Il sistema consiste in una capsula dell'equipaggio pressurizzata in cima a un "Nuovo Shepard" riutilizzabile’ razzo booster.

    Al suo apice, la capsula ha raggiunto 65 miglia (104 chilometri), appena sopra la soglia ufficiale per lo spazio ed è atterrato verticalmente sette minuti dopo il decollo.

    Blue Origin are working on New Glenn, the next generation heavy lift rocket, that will compete with the SpaceX Falcon 9.

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