culture of tension and CYA
Supplier Quality Engineer (Former Employee) – Indianapolis IN – December 16, 2015
This place used to be a jewel of Indy, one of a handful of places where people felt lucky to land a job. No longer. Ever since the split from GM and the subsequent IPO to the stock market, there was an ever-increasing strangle on the engineering arena, and other contacts throughout the salaried arena reported the same.
Pushed to do more with less (just like everywhere else) but the politics behind it was almost sinister. The 'cool kids' that were aligned with a good manager were OK, but there were quite a few managers that believed in posturing themselves and tossing blame around. If you got transferred under 1 of them (and that happens without you being asked) they better like you or your goose is cooked, as your reviews will be peppered with criticism if the company is preparing for another round of layoffs (which happen about every 6-12 mos, depending on how the stock price looks). You'll know when you're on the to-be-fired list, as nothing you do is good enough and your every flaw will be used in triplicate on your review. A review that's about 6-8 pages of essay questions that you must respond to, about how flawed your work is and how you'll try to do better next time. I wish I could have that time back.
The best part about this job is you learn how to juggle too many projects, how to predict which things will haunt you, which to ignore, will how to dodge bullets, and keep your tail covered with CYA documentation. You learn project management/survival skills that will likely make you an MVP at your next job. A job where you'll be appreciated.
great learning experience to land a better job