The role of technical writer at Foremost hardly involved interacting with anyone else because the nature of their production and sales is based on orders of the same limited line of products. It wasn't too difficult to create parts manuals for the next order because 90% of it would be based on prior models of the same type of heavy equipment with only very minor modifications. So one would find themselves doing the same thing over and over from day to day and from week to week.
I learned to utilize Adobe graphics software applications as well as engineering-centric applications....but for the most part in their environment was self-taught or trial and error because there was no one free or available to provide guidance and no one saw it as part of their role to train anyone else.
Management took great risk in what was hoped would be the way to advance the business and increase market share by acquiring or taking over other complimentary businesses but it resulted in hastening the near-collapse of the entire operation with the unexpected worldwide decline of the O&G industry. This resulted in over 70% of staff being laid off throughout their 8 locations in Canada.
Co-workers were generally sociable and congenial.
The hardest part of the job was envisioning professional growth within the company. It did not appear that there was a path, nor a proactive employee development plan.
Probably the most enjoyable part of the job was the predictability of each day. You knew what needed to be done and when things were expected to be completed and there were very few surprises along the way.