5 significant career facts aircraft firms don’t tell new engineers (until they’ve GOTCHA)
I worked 15 years inside a big aircraft manufacurer.
Along the way, my beliefs about the industry were up-ended. Here’s what I learned.
Whether noob or veteran, these will resonate.
1. Being an aircraft nut reduces your income.
The company’s view is, part of your compensation is a satisfied passion. They can pay you less!
Cuz you’re desperate to work there.
2. There are dragons in here.
Read: Control freaks, sociopaths.
In big companies, it’s easy to hide your incompetence, and sniff out victims. Easy to hole up, should the posse come hunting. I watched one such intimidate everyone under him. Numerous engineers went off on stress leave.
Some never returned.
3. If you’re ambitious, don’t be too competent.
“Laddie, do a good job around here, and you get to keep it.”
Oh boy, you get to keep it. When I wanted a change, roadblock after roadblock was thrown my way. If I stayed put, I kept a problem solved.
Oh …. don’t be too nice, either.
4. We’ll pay you the same as the other lemmings ….
First year designing the A380, I got a 2% pay hike. Sweet. Next year, busting my butt, arguments, stress …. same 2%. Third year, nearing burnout, not expecting anything …. 2% again!
5. The company doesn’t care if you’re brilliant; just be controllable.
Just Play the Game.
Don’t rock the boat. Improve just a leetle bit at a time. No brilliance or enthusiasm needed.
Same goes if you’re NOT that brilliant, btw.