Only 64 percent of Japanese respondents expressed satisfaction with their careers overall, compared with 85 percent for respondents in India and North America, 82 percent in Europe and 70 percent in China. The Japanese respondents also demonstrated less enthusiasm for both the engineering profession in general and their employers in particular, trailing their counterparts in North America, Europe, China and India in 10 of the 17 critical areas assessed by survey respondents.
Only 57 percent of the Japanese respondents believe their companies respect engineers, compared with 79 percent, 78 percent, 77 percent and 68 percent of respondents, respectively, in North America, India, Europe and China. Even more striking, only 33 percent of Japanese respondents believe their companies reward engineers for innovation, compared with 63 percent in North America and 62 percent in India.
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Japanese engineers also appear to believe their employers are not doing enough to maintain a competitive edge. Only 53 percent of the Japanese respondents think their companies are mar- ket driven, as opposed to 85 percent in North America, 82 percent in Europe, 80 percent in India and 70 percent in China.
And when asked whether they believe the equipment they work with is current, only 47 percent of the Japanese engineers answered in the affirmative--the lowest regional score, by far, among the survey respondents.
With this outlook, it's not surprising that Japanese engineers are not too keen on recommending the profession to their children. A slim majority, 54 percent, said they would encourage their offspring to choose engineering, compared with 74 percent each of North American and Indian respondents, and 65 percent of European respondents.
Chinese engineers, however, had the lowest positive response rate for this question, with only 42 percent saying they would recommend the profession to the next generation.
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