Convenient place to work (central to southwestern Ontario). Excellent Engineering firm. Poor management.
Senior Project Engineer (Former Employee) – Cambridge, ON – 30 April 2013
The day started at 7:30 AM and ended after 5:00 PM. As an SPE the phone calls & E-mails start right away. There would be a constant stream of urgent issues to attend to immediately. Some die down would occur after 10:30 whereupon I would attend to long term issues (ordering, technical reports, meetings). After 12:30 there would be another rush of urgent issues, usually shop related. The afternoon would be spent resolving issues and setting up meetings regarding the issues as required. Prior to leaving all E-mails would be cleared and at home in the evening I would check if new E-mails had arrived.
Besides technical matters, I learned to mange my time efficiently.
Management was not sensitive to people issues; how to manage people to achieve the best results without ruining them, how to mange personal conflicts, how to best use people. Management did understand technical issues. However, a deplorable lack of people skills made it a difficult place to work.
My co-workers were excellent. Friendly, cooperative.
Hardest part of the job was dealing with management.
Most enjoyable parts were dealing with co-workers and getting results.
Good personnel. Benefits are above average.
Salaries are below average. No advancement. Management cannot relate to people.