Good support to specialize, but difficult to grow & advance career
Mechanical Designer (Ancien employé) – Montréal, QC – 27 février 2019
Typical day at work requires to do design work at your desk. Very few meetings with team and leaders.
Workplace job/life balance is very good, with flex time and ability to work from home with approval.
Mechanical design job good for only doing & learning mechanical design. Not good for advancing career. Difficult to transfer skills to software department, or other. I would recommend starting in software engineering instead.
Hardware engineering management is okay. Most leaders are from technical background, and value technical expertise. Difficult to see company's vision trickle down to Hardware Engineering department. Unclear vision.
The hardest part is the focus on schedule and budget above innovation and customer-experience. It makes it difficult to find value in CAE like events, involvement, meeting people, receiving coaching. It is indeed difficult to find mentors, due to lack of interest and time of possible mentors.
The most enjoyable part is getting involved in company events and working in the open-concept spaces.
Learned: importance of finding a mentor who believes in your work & networking within company for next career path. Should have switched jobs sooner! Do not stay in one job over 5 years. In Hardware engineering, many have been there for many many years, therefore it is easy to start believing that you too will stay there forever.
Hardware engineering hires many people in 20-30 age group, Older employees find it difficult to be valued.
open concept, job security, access to technical resources
focused on results and dollars, responsibilities are very specific, not easy to find mentorship, difficult to advance career