Great company but continuous change in upper management and little communication from immediate management
Pros: working with engineers, short commute to work, beautiful place to live, mild winters
Cons: apartment rentals in the area were expensive, reduction of subcontractors due to budget cuts
We have had 3 CEOs in three years. Company was recently bought and merged with another company and I suspect there will be Reductions in Force due to the potential of duplicate positions.
Love my work as a subcontractor to various work sites. Typical day is to work with systems engineers to review/update/generate software quality documentation - perform /observe software tests. Learned a lot about how PLCs work and their interface with control systems. Can't program them but I understand them much better. Hardest part of job was the change in the mindset of the engineers. The complex where I worked in my last assignment, was under the control of the University of California but recently DOE put in private contractor. The scientists did not like the change nor the DOE requirements that became mandatory. They gradually accepted the change but modifying the mindset of "we never did it that way before" to the rules/regulations of DOE was a challenge but rewarding. Co-workers were the engineers I worked with - as a subcontractor, I worked for the facility manager and interfaced daily with him, his staff, and the systems engineers. The most rewarding part of the job was that they appreciated the help/guidance that I provided. Too bad budget cuts forced a majority of the subcontractors, including myself, to leave the complex.