Best work experience I've ever had, but with a caveat...
R&D Engineer (Former Employee) – Gallatin, TN – March 8, 2018
A typical day at work was pretty relaxed for me. I was generally able to set my own schedule during the day and choose what to work on. I was able to learn about a new industry (for me) and about different metrology skills and 3D printing. Overall, the management team in the corporation seemed competent, ethical, and balanced. The workplace culture, especially the target (stated) culture, is second to none in my opinion. (See Barclay Simpson's 9 Principles of Doing Business.) The most enjoyable part of my job was the team aspect of product development.
The hardest part of my job was communicating with the individuals who didn't necessarily live up to the stated principles or standards of the company on a consistent basis. Of course, those types of people are not unique to Simpson any way.
When I went through orientation in 2010, Simpson was touted as a career rather than a job, meaning that they hired for the long-term. They didn't view themselves as the next hop in a career of hopping. Those were slow economic times. Now, in times when the company is doing very well and my division is doing better than most of the others, and after hiring two new engineers in the last three years, my position was eliminated out of the blue. While they are well within their rights to do this, I believe it is a symptom of a change in the culture following the death of the founder, Barc Simpson. It will be interesting to see how the company changes moving forward.
Relaxed environment, product development is a team activity, committed to investing in technology and innovation
culture seems to be changing, the jury is out on whether it's for the better