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Based on 178 responses, the job of Principal Mechanical Engineer has received a job satisfaction rating of 3.95 out of 5. On average, Principal Mechanical Engineers are highly satisfied with their job.
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Q: What is it like working as a Principal Mechanical Engineer?

February 2019
Principal Mechanical Engineer in Minneapolis:
Pros: challenging projects, doing good for society
Cons: intercompany communication, direction
February 2019
"Nice people, changing culture, good place to work."
Principal Mechanical Engineer in Pittsburgh:
Pros: Flexible work schedule, can’t take work home
Cons: Strict security policies
March 2019
Principal Mechanical Engineer in Washington:
Pros: Lots of options
Cons: Traffic
August 2019
"Satisfying position."
Principal Mechanical Engineer in Mystic:
Pros: The opportunity to tackle a variety of assignments
Cons: Inadequate maintenance/upkeep of buildings
August 2019
Principal Mechanical Engineer in Los Angeles:
Benefits reduced in past few years. Benefits not at all competitive with other aerospace companies. Young engineers are leaving within first five years, after working and getting trained. They are leaving for Boeing, Northrop, Raytheon for better balance between work and life, better working conditions, benefits.
December 2014
Principal Mechanical Engineer:
Pros: Technically challenging; opportunity to pursue areas of interest; teach others.
Cons: Sometimes don't feel like knowledge level is appreciated; seem to be sheltered from visibility to higher levels.
November 2013
"The needs of others"
Principal Mechanical Engineer:
Communication and team-building are key to becoming successful within the role. In order to have reached the position of PE you have demonstrated technical capability above the average level. It is easy to become focused on the solution to a challenge and forget that the team you support need to make the journey with you. Although this can be frustrating at times, it is a fundamental part of the role and should never be undervalued.