What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?
Senior Project Engineer in Danvers:
When taking on a new project, set performance based incentives.
Don't allow the owner to put his/her name on your patents or worse, claim them as their own when they had no input into the development.
Senior Project Engineer in Chicago:
Strive for clarity for yourself and your team. Project requirements, job descriptions, chain of command, all that. Ambiguity fosters low morale and low performance.