BD calls all of engineering including sustaining engineering “R&D” which is
A bit Confusing. Fairly conservative risk-averse company currently trying to learn to be more innovative. It seems to be difficult for engineers and scientists to get promoted if not on people or program management or MBA track.. in other words company needs to figure out how to value technical people and encourage innovation, which is not going to come from throwing all the salary money at managers. Good company for people with families, big emphasis on work-life balance, diversity, tolerance, professionalism in the work environment. Projects tend to be understaffed or have too high a ratio of managers to people who actually execute the work so they tend to fall behind schedule, as the project schedules are often unrealistically optimistic in order to please conservative risk averse executives. Excessive reliance on short
Term contractors to execute R&D / engineering work who understandably are not committed to long term project goals.
Good work life balance, pleasant work environment and campus
Difficult to get promoted, environment can be frustrating if you want to do cutting edge innovative engineering work