What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?
Quality Manager in Columbus:
"Spend more time planning out your career."
Spend more time planning out you career and think about the steps you need to get where you want to go. Change jobs as needed to get closer to your goal. Always do what you love to do.
Quality Manager in Washington:
"Lots of work."
Most times you will be the only one doing all the work. Most organizations will cut quality before they cut other departments. Make sure to keep management engaged and buy-in to the process or they will do away with it, if they do not see the value.
Quality Manager in Lafayette:
"Quality Commitment from Upper Management & Mentoring."
During the interview process, ensure that there is a strong quality commitment form upper management. This should be spelled out with specific past and future actions and detailed policy and material support.
Ask to speak with the General Manager, and even the President of the company, and obtain assurances as to specific commitment to quality culture and what support you can expect from them personally.
Interview your would be direct supervisor and ensure that they are someone with the qualifications to mentor you in your advancing career, or that you will have access to a competent mentor.
Ask to speak with your would be pears one on one and ask them honestly if they are happy at the company, and why or why not.
Quality Manager in Salt Lake City:
Update your certifications annually. It is much easier to stay current than it is to catch up.
Quality Manager in Phoenix:
"Would Have Stayed More Technology Current."
Along the way I choose a management and quality path letting the technology slide. If I had it to do over, I'd continue with technology.