OceanGate drew criticism after netizens discovered a job listing for an immediate opening for a submersible pilot.
Just last week OceanGate's submersible Titan was missing, feared to be running out of oxygen and was in need of immediate rescue. The craft was on a $250,000 ticket sightseeing tour of the remains of the sunken Titanic.
Based on debris found near the Titanic, it is now believed the Titan suffered a catastrophic implosion underwater, killing its five passengers instantly—including OceanGate CEO Stockton Rush who was on board.
And the internet now believes the company's first response is to refill those vacated positions.
After widely sharing the news of the search for the Titan, followed by its implosion, "online detective" TikTokers began to roast the company for the job listing they found for an "immediate opening" for a submersible pilot.
The listing in part read:
"The management of OceanGate, Inc. has an immediate opening for a Sub Pilot/Marine Technician to help manage and operate our fleet of manned submersibles and support vessels."
"We are looking for a committed and competent individual with [a] combination of strong mechanical and interpersonal skills who can work on sensitive marine equipment, perform regular maintenance and operate complex systems to support dive operations (this is not an ocean sciences or marine research position)."
"This is an excellent opportunity for a high-energy professional who is interested in a long-term position with a growing company."
TikTok immediately called OceanGate out for not valuing their employees.
One clip was captioned:
"Don't ever work yourself to death for any company."
"They'll replace you before you're even buried in the ground."
"Don't kill yourself for a job that will replace you within two weeks."
When the news hit Twitter, people were absolutely disgusted.
Some also took a moment to point out how little most companies care about their employees.
The ad has since been taken down, but it can still be read thanks to the Wayback Machine.
It's unclear at this time exactly when the ad was posted, but the "immediate opening" left an unfortunate taste in many people's mouths after the Titan tragedy.
Though the company did the right thing by immediately taking the job listing down after it started receiving social media attention, hopefully they will issue some sort of statement to clear up when this job listing was created and that no disrespect was meant to the families of those who died.