21 former and current employees of Jeff Bezos’ space company, Blue Origin said that the company is a toxic workplace.
Alexandra Abrams, the Former Head of Blue Origin Employee Communications, published a post on Thursday about the company. She said that the company ignores the plight of our planet and turns a blind eye to sexism. They aren’t sufficiently attuned to safety concerns and silences those who seek to correct wrongs.
In an interview with CBS, Alexandra said that she is not afraid enough to let them silence her anymore. She also mentioned that Blue Origin had fired her.
Blue Origin Employees Claim That The Company Is A Toxic Workplace
In the post, she wrote that Bezos’ company has more than 3,600 employees and one-hundred percent of the senior technical and program leaders are men. Abrams said that the company has a particular brand of sexism.
She narrated about one senior executive in CEO Bob Smith’s loyal inner circle. Many people had reported about the executive to the Human Resources for sexual harassment.
Another former executive frequently treated women in a condescending and demeaning manner. He called them “baby girl,” “baby doll,” or “sweetheart” and inquired about their dating lives. Some women at the company warned new female hires to stay away from him.
A former NASA astronaut and Blue Origin senior leader had once instructed a group of women that they should ask his opinion because he is a man.
Moreover, the company had used restrictive nondisclosure agreements and pushed all employees to sign new contracts with a non-disparagement clause in 2019. The company’s work culture had also affected the mental health of many employees, as per the post.
On Thursday, The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said that they take every safety allegation seriously. They said that they are reviewing the safety concerns raised by Abrams.