What is it like working as a Mechanical Engineer?
Mechanical Engineer in Greenville:
Pros: I like that there is short amount of time compared to most corporations from the time I release a design to when is it fabricated and shipped to the customer. For the most part it is a very laid back culture.
Cons: It is extremely unorganized and the work I do is unappreciated at best. Management sees the engineering department not as value added to the company but as a necessary evil to keep producing custom designs.
Mechanical Engineer in Fort Wayne:
Pros: I like that I am challenged with different projects and that we don't ever create the same building. It forces me to stretch my mind and think outside the box, thus strengthening my skills as an engineer.
Cons: I do not like how easily we can be pushed by the owner/contractor to make late changes in a project. It forces us to put a lot of time into a project when we were supposed to be wrapping it up. That, in turn, ruins our schedule for other projects.
Mechanical Engineer in Idaho Falls:
"Great amount of flexibility."
Pros: I love the work itself. Participating in and improving the energy industry is very motivating to me.
Cons: Upper management is dishonest and sneaky.
Mechanical Engineer in St. Louis:
Pros: Designing products.
Evaluating complex problems.
Implementing solutions and taking ownership.
Interesting technical problems.
Cons: Conflicting interests from different departments.
Slow to adopt modern software and technology to improve efficiency.
Bureaucracy, slow to implement changes.
Changing requirements and schedules.
Unrealistic expectations in scheduling.
Older employees resist change.
Mechanical Engineer in Chico:
"I get to solve problems."
Pros: I work with a good team. We work together to find effective solutions to the problems our company faces.
Cons: The pay. Our company hires fresh out of college engineers which is great, but that combined with living in a medium sized town means that our pay does not reflect the national average.