Pros: equiptment, personnel, product line
Cons: long commute (40-45min each way), 10-hour standard workday
Hours are from 6am to 430pm, 15min break @ 930, 30min lunch
Time is spent designing small tool&die press equipment with internal and customer design reviews
I'm new to that industry, so am learning best design practices for using tool/die presses to cut/shape sheet metal, sharpening skills with Solidworks and adding enhancements to that CAD system with visual basic.
Management was personable, active, mobile and friendly - good small-company atmosphere: There was really only one level of management.
Great co-workers: dedicated, knowledgeable, hard-working and helpful (I have lots of stupid questions, being new to tool & die).
The hardest part of the job is simply the 1-1/2 hours spent commuting: that's almost a whole working day spent in the car. The 10-hour workday is good for pay (automatic overtime, etc.), but keeps me from being as supportive at home (working wife) and limits outside activities.
The best part of the job is a tie: designing precision tool/die parts with Solidworks and interacting with co-workers.