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‘No One Likes Working with Elon Musk,’ Says Supposed SpaceX Engineer

‘No One Likes Working with Elon Musk,’ Says Supposed SpaceX Engineer

by Clay Michael GillespieJanuary 5, 2015

An anonymous SpaceX engineer took to the keyboard to answer the question of what it’s like working with Elon Musk recently, divulging secrets of the crazy workplace Musk operates.

The supposed engineer said on Quora:

I’ve been an engineer with SpaceX for over five years now. I’ve seen and helped the company grow from less than 500 people in to the powerhouse it is now.”

The engineer provided no proof that they worked for SpaceX, but went on to craft a story about how hard it is for engineers to work for Elon Musk. While it’s important to point out that people on the Internet do lie and that this could clearly be a case of fraud, it’s also reasonable speculation to believe that if the person identified themselves they would be immediately fired.

Musk’s Version of Reality is Highly Skewed

Elon Musk

Elon Musk

The supposed engineer said SpaceX is awesome, and doubts that there is a cooler company in the world, but said that what’s been discussed in the past about Elon Musk is just one part of the story. They were on a mission to tell their side; a side not seen all too often. They explained:

This side of what it’s like to work with Elon shows that no one likes working with Elon. You can always tell when someone’s left an Elon meeting: they’re defeated. These are some of the hardest working and brightest people in the world, mind you. And they are universally defeated.

They said that the reason so many of the world’s highly accomplished engineers leave Elon Musk’s office broken, tail between their legs, is because of Musk’s high standards. The anonymous engineer said Musk’s version of reality is highly skewed, much like Steve Job’s “reality distortion field.”

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“If you believe that a task should take a year then Elon wants it done in a week. He won’t hesitate to throw out six months of work because it’s not pretty enough or it’s not ‘badass’ enough.”

Included in the story was the notion that Elon Musk didn’t allow for any time outside of the office. According to the supposed engineer, Musk couldn’t care less.

“If you want a family or hobbies or to see any other aspect of life other than the boundaries of your cubicle, SpaceX is not for you and Elon doesn’t seem to give a damn.”

They continued, claiming Musk once said that not enough of the engineers were working on Saturdays during a company-wide talk. Nothing they ever do seems to be good enough, forcing them to find their own value without praise throughout their 80-hour work week.

“In order to continue working with Elon, you have to learn to ignore almost everything he says and you have to be prepared to be jabbed over and over.”

Elon Musk has not commented on the allegations, though a good place to monitor is his Twitter account that he actively uses. Elon Musk will hold a Reddit AMA on 5 January at 9PM EST, which will be a good opportunity to ask him to comment. Of course Hacked journalists will attend the AMA and report selected highlights.

Again, these allegations were made by an anonymous person providing no proof that they work at SpaceX. Reasonable speculation stands that they could be hiding their identity, but it shouldn’t be taken as a fact.

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