Elon Musk fires SpaceX staff

Liam_Selby

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Elon Musk fires SpaceX staff

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has visited the company’s satellite broadband division and made major management changes to accelerate the timeline of the project.

According to a Reuters report, Musk fired at least seven members of the project’s senior staff over disagreements regarding the pace of development.
 

D tj

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A frightfully confusing heading, surely you don't fire rocket staff?
 

KT-B

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He is the boss. Let's see what happens.
 

D tj

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^ No, all rocket staff want to be fired up.
I hope he said" I'm making sub-sonic men out of you."
 

Johnatan56

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This looks like Musk doesn't like people telling him his time frames are unrealistic.
So far this year, about 50 employees left the company “on their own accord,” one of the SpaceX employees said, though the reason for those departures was unclear. Overall, SpaceX employs more than 6,000 staff.

As of Tuesday, there were 22 job openings - including a job making espresso drinks - for the Redmond office, according to SpaceX’s website.

After this story was published, a second SpaceX spokesperson said two of the managers left the company on their own accord as part of the re-organization within two weeks of the Musk visit in June. The spokesman did not provide additional details about their exit.

Among the managers fired from the Redmond office was SpaceX Vice President of Satellites Rajeev Badyal, an engineering and hardware veteran of Microsoft Corp and Hewlett-Packard, and top designer Mark Krebs, who worked in Google’s satellite and aircraft division, the employees said. Krebs declined to comment, and Badyal did not respond to requests for comment.

The management shakeup followed in-fighting over pressure from Musk to speed up satellite testing schedules, one of the sources said. SpaceX’s Behrend offered no comment on the matter.
Those look like talented people who were quite good in their field that have left, pretty sure it wouldn't be their work ethic.
So Musk is probably to blame with some unrealistic targets.
 
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