Last month you weighed in on whether you were happy as an engineer. For the most part you are, although you're not nearly as completely satisfied as the average American.
Slicing up the data, it was interesting to see that consultants are three percentage points happier than those of you employed full time (Easier to get a tee time? Probably not. More flexibility and control? For sure). Also of note: The happiest are those who have been in the profession 5-10 years. That compares with:
- <5 years (62 percent)
- 10-15 years (59 percent)
- 15-20 years (53 percent)
- 20+ years (59 percent)
Based on the comments, a lot of the frustration comes not so much with the profession (although there's some of that) as with your workplace. And because you're a fairly mobile group (on average you work for four organizations in your career), it's hard to blame that on a few companies.
Company culture seems to stick in more than few craws. Do you feel valued? Is management out to lunch? Is your team the best you've ever worked with? Or does your situation suck? Is there something different about the management style in electronics companies that differs from software companies that differs from biotech companies?
Let's explore it. Please take 2-3 minutes to complete the survey
below (or by clicking on this link
). No names; just your thoughts. I'll dive into the results in the next couple of weeks and share and we'll see where that conversation takes us!