Contractors are overworked and underpaid
FIELD TEST ENGINEER (Current Employee) – Bellevue, WA – June 10, 2017
Decent job for 1-2 years, but after gaining the experience, move to something better. In addition, not all positions are equal in terms of work hours and working requirements, but pay and pay increase is minimal regardless of aptitude or education level.
Job turnover and burnout is very high in most positions. Job advancement is very unlikely, however because of the high turnover changing positions is very common.
Management is highly varied, in positions that directly report to client most work is manageable but capable working aptitude is required; in positions that indirectly report to the client via Middle Managers, work is simple, but there are too many miscommunications and far too much is expected from the contractor.
There is no employee handbook or list of useful information given to new employees. Most job training is done in the field, and organization of information is inconsistent and is often misplaced.
Most field tests take place in moving vehicles while looking at stationary screens. Professional dress is minimal, except when to enforce job security. Work hours can be long, and a couple hours of overtime is standard.
Healthcare, Entry Level Position, H1B Sponsor
Pay, Pay increase, Work-Life Balance