Engineering is not a professional organization
Software Engineer (Former Employee) – Mundelein, il – September 21, 2014
I worked in Engineering at Certified Power for 14 months. I have had worse jobs, but this was close. The building is cold, drafty and noisy. The offices are junk. Overtime is mandatory. There is little understanding of what an embedded software engineer does for a living. If a project is late due to a management miscalculation, it is not uncommon for an engineer to be blamed. I cannot say that I was poorly treated. They said that they would treat me better. However, it never happened. I saw engineers that performed miracles receive very ordinary reviews.
Certified Power hires only two types of engineers: fresh outs and refugees from hard times. There is a paycheck. Don't leave a regular gig to go there. And if do go there, keep looking. And don't spend any of your career years there.
From the moment that I walked in the door, I always felt like a contractor in name only. I was right.
Insurance is poor, The vacation policy is arbitrary, to put it kindly. The 401k is literally the worst that I have ever seen. Middle management is constantly back biting, protecting turf, and not working as a team.
There is a paycheck. I believe that upper management actually does care.
They have been purchased yet again and loaded down with debt