Fun job, terrible management
Field Service Engineer (Former Employee) – Greenville, Texas – June 2, 2017
As an employee, it is quite stressful. In addition to the workload, there is a constant fear of being fired. When work on a project dies down, they tend to be creative in how to get rid of people; as firing is cheaper than laying off. To make matters worse, the management above most direct supervisors have a lot of pressure on them to meet impossible deadlines. Naturally, this rolls downhill. And then you get pressure from the other end: the union. They pressure you into joining the union because they are funded by union dues (from each member). They do provide the employee protection, but only if they are on the higher end of the pay scale (again, the interest is in the employees financial contribution to the union). Historically, the union also doesnt do very well in negotiating agreements with the company in terms of benefits. If you arent in the union, you still get the fruits of these agreements though.
With all that said, they do have opportunities to pursue interesting jobs and the compensation is fair. Additionally, the benefits are decent as well. Longevity is not something I would bank on here, but it is a good starting position to get into the field.