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CEO of Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin responds to poisonous office allegations

The CEO of Jeff Bezos’ rocket firm Blue Origin responded to studies that it fostered a “toxic” and sexist work setting, assuring workers that the rocket-maker has “no tolerance for discrimination or harassment.”

However, Blue Origin chief Bob Smith didn’t admit any wrongdoing or apologize in an electronic mail to workers on Thursday.

“It is particularly difficult and painful, for me, to hear claims being levied that attempt to characterize our entire team in a way that doesn’t align with the character and capability that I see at Blue Origin every day,” Smith wrote.

Smith’s electronic mail got here hours after 21 present and former Blue Origin workers revealed a letter alleging that a number of firm leaders have been “consistently inappropriate with women.” Those leaders allegedly included one senior govt inside Smith’s interior circle. 

“Even so, Smith personally made him a member of the hiring committee for filling a senior HR role in 2019,” the letter says, with out naming the senior govt.

Many firm leaders additionally confirmed a “clear bias against women,” in response to the letter, which was signed by Alexandra Abrams, who labored as Blue Origin’s head of worker communications till 2019. The 20 different signatories had been nameless. 

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The letter was signed by 21 present and former Blue Origin workers, together with former head of worker communications Alexandra Abrams.

In Smith’s electronic mail, the CEO didn’t reply to any particular allegations however instructed workers “we will promptly investigate any new claims of misconduct.” 

Thursday’s letter additionally accused senior management at Blue Origin of fostering a tradition of “suppression of dissent” that has put security in danger.

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Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin gave beating different billionaires to house precedence over security, in response to the letter.
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“Blue Origin has been lucky that nothing has happened so far,” one nameless engineer who signed on to the letter is quoted as saying. The letter provides that “teams are stretched beyond reasonable limits.”

Blue Origin appeared to present beating Elon Musk and Richard Branson within the billionaire house race precedence over security considerations, the group added. 

On Thursday, the Federal Aviation Administration said it would review security allegations raised within the worker letter. 

In Smith’s electronic mail to workers, the CEO shot again at accusations that led to the FAA evaluation. 

“The New Shepard team went through a methodical and pain-staking process to certify our vehicle for First Human Flight,” wrote Smith, who has led Blue Origin since 2017. “Anyone that claims otherwise is uninformed and simply incorrect. That team is appropriately proud of the work they’ve done and we should be as well.” 

Asked for touch upon the FAA evaluation of issues of safety, a Blue Origin spokesperson didn’t touch upon the FAA evaluation however emailed an announcement about Alexandra Abrams, the letter’s solely named signatory. 

“Ms. Abrams was dismissed for cause two years ago after repeated warnings for issues involving federal export control regulations,” the spokesperson mentioned. 

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Blue Origin CEO Bob Smith mentioned the corporate went by way of “methodical and pain-staking” security checks.
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Smith signed the e-mail with “Gradatim Ferociter,” Blue Origin’s motto and a favourite phrase of his boss, Jeff Bezos. 

“Basically you can’t skip steps, you have to put one foot in front of the other, things take time, there are no shortcuts but you want to do those steps with passion and ferocity,” Bezos once said of the phrase. 

Smith’s letter was offered to The Post by a Blue Origin spokesperson. It was first reported by CNBC

Additional reporting by Will Feuer