Musk fired 7 top engineers in June

Nvidia Ohge
Oct 31, 2018 14 Comments

I am curious what holds people in this company. These engineers were fired upon personal disagreement with Musk over the pace of developing and testing Starlink satellites. Musk wants to rush it. I know people already work crazy hours without compensation in SpaceX. Among fired are the VP and the top designer.


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TOP 14 Comments
  • Microsoft 白人への死
    He's trying to push his engineers to pump out the satellites faster than they think is reliable.

    This has so many implications when it comes to security and reliability. Not a good move to push through something like this.
    Oct 31, 2018 0
  • Microsoft richardhea
    Cults are like that.
    Oct 31, 2018 0
  • SpaceX / Eng SlaveX
    To quote a dept manager who works with starlink, "it's a typical SpaceX scrapy kludged together mess"
    Oct 31, 2018 0
  • Expedia Ahdjwkz
    To be part of a mission with a vision to actually do something awesome. At most companies, the work is basically meaningless. SpaceX or Tesla or SolarCity or Boring Co for that matter are all doing something cool. Not saying it's right for folks to overwork, but I suspect that's a large part of the mindset.
    Oct 31, 2018 2
    • SAP $!D
      SpaceX, boring co yes. Tesla and solarcity are quite mainstream. Not much work there is unique and new. There are 100s of solar companies before.
      Oct 31, 2018
    • Expedia Ahdjwkz
      Tesla mainstream? Which other manufacturers do over the air software updates that directly improve braking performance and range of their cars? Solar city isn't necessarily the most interesting but paired with Tesla batteries the potential is significant
      Oct 31, 2018
  • Sorry, what's the question here?
    Oct 31, 2018 1
    • Amazon TCT snoop
      The first sentence
      Oct 31, 2018
  • Facebook tAXF40
    TC or gtfo
    Oct 31, 2018 0
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    • Nvidia Ohge
      It's not the first time he fires top people over personal disagreement. General opinion of people who directly report to him is that he is a despot. You either agree in everything, or you out. The overwork culture for no money is a reflection of this selfish attitude.
      Nov 1, 2018
  • Amazon TCT snoop
    Having a clear mission and contributing to something that drives the greater good is more motivating to me lately than money or title or whatever else. Wlb is also becoming more important to me now that I have children. Unfortunately neither my current employer nor spacex are great fits...any good non profits out there that pay a reasonable wage?
    Oct 31, 2018 1
  • New / R&D

    New R&D

    United Nations
    Musk and the rest of the PayPal founders have a lot of sway in tech, and are considered visionaries rightfully or not. Lots of people want to get in on the ground floor of something which might turn out to be the next Fairfield or General Magic, failure included.
    Oct 31, 2018 0
  • Uber / Eng hotboi
    Who got fired?
    Oct 31, 2018 0


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