…oh, and stock, too. The severance payout also included an (unspecified) amount of stock.
Personally, I thought the story as originally related here sounded pretty seriously dickish, myself.
Which is why I was fairly confident it didn’t happen like that. Elon is sometimes a bit too… ummm… direct… (-: for some peoples’ taste, but an asshole psycho-boss monster, he most definitely is not.
Lacking any actual evidence of the particular encounter in question, though (I certainly wasn’t there at the time!), I didn’t say anything earlier, lest I be mistaken for a Cult of Musk fanboy apologist.
I mean, “I dunno, but that sure doesn’t sound like Elon to me” is hardly probative. (-:
I love Elon dearly, but he’s no superhero. Brilliant, deeply rigorous engineer, deeply insightful and creative business strategist (his most often overlooked quality, but one of the most important, IMHO), hopeless video-game nerd, maker of bad ‘dad jokes’, and one of the most reflexively open and honest (yes, to a fault, sometimes!) people you’ll ever meet. (He’s really bad at “cagey” or “evasive.” (-: )
But he has his bad days, too. (-: Don’t we all?
He’s not always the easiest guy to work for (insecure egos should definitely not apply!), especially if you don’t share his enthusiasm for his visions (definitely not a place for 40-hr-a-week clock-punchers!), but employee surveys consistently report the highest job satisfaction in the industry; indeed, some of the highest across all industries.
Honestly, if this is what Evil Capitalism looks like, I’ll take it.