Engineers don't trust management and lack career opportunities in their companies, according to a new survey
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The biggest dissatisfaction emerged with the question: "I’m satisfied with the career opportunities available to me at my company."
Only 6 percent
strongly agreed with that take, while one in five strongly disagreed and one in four disagreed (for a total "disagreement" total of 55 %).
"After 27 years there is no career advancement available unless it is going into management. This is pretty much true no matter how talented you might be. Also after a 'certain age' they stop handing out 'healthy' stock option grants.
And then corporate Vision has become replaced with marketing jargon and politically correct double speak.
Sad, sad, sad.
satisfied with the career opportunities available to me at my company
"Poor foresight and lack of recognizing actual contributions hamper not only the employee's career plans, but also the company/division itself."
Despite, that, there are pockets of satisfaction even among the most-senior engineers. Wrote one respondent:
"I work for a small, privately held firm. This is the best job of my career and the last (next step is retirement)."
All of which leads us to our next discussion
, which in fact was prompted by ZeeGlen
on the original post that kicked off this survey
"Wonder if Brian would be interested in starting a discussion on experiences of age impediments to finding employment."
It's clear from slicing this data that the older you are, the more claustrophobic you feel about your career opportunities. Fully one third of the respondents who said they disagreed
that their company offered career-growth opportunities have been in the industry 15 years
So, let's hear from you. Tell us the barriers you've run into trying to find employment and/or advancing within your current company. And when did you first experience the "look"--when you felt someone assessing you based on your age, rather than your accomplishments.