The reaction of SpaceX officials was not long in coming. Gwynne Shotwell, the company’s president, emailed several of the employees behind the letter that they no longer work for SpaceX.
The New York Times and The Verge were able to read this e-mail, in which Shotwell tries to justify this decision. ” The letter, the solicitations and the general process made employees uncomfortable, they felt intimidated, harassed and/or angry because the letter made them sign something that did not reflect their point of view “, reacted the president.
” We have too much critical work to do, and we don’t need this kind of excessive activism “, she added.
According to an employee involved in writing the letter, the general feeling at SpaceX about this reaction is that management is doing the ” deaf ears to hide real problems. She explains that the process of writing the letter took a month, to be sure to reflect the opinion of the majority of the company.