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How are the Work Conditions in this establishment?

How are the Work Conditions in this establishment like, I'm fairly new to this occupation and would like to get some recommendations on how everything operates.

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Ms. Ray’s Answer

Hi! For the most part I agree with what Ryan said. Work conditions really do depend on what your specialty/field within mechanical engineering is and the company you work for and the level of your position.
Myself, I am in the field of maintenance and reliability engineering which can mean being on call 24/7, working in a plant hands on and getting "dirty", however as I have progressed in my career and moved up to manager, I find that the conditions have changed to more office/meetings and less in the field. I have friends in other fields who are 100% in an office setting, and several who went into sales engineering and/or field engineering and pretty much work out of their vehicles.
As far as company goes, it. An very greatly from company to company and office to office. I ha e worked for companies where it was. Ery clear you were just a replaceable cog in the machine and ones where there was a great sense of community and "family" atmosphere. As part of the interview process for any position, they are not only interviewing you, but you are also interviewing them and that is your opportunity to find out about the work conditions there by asking questions and tlakig to people as well as doing research online on sites like Glassdoor - although I would add that those with a grain of salt as they tend to skew negative since happy workers are less likely to post.
I hope this helps.

Good luck!
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Ryan’s Answer

This very much depends on which specialty you choose, which type of company you work for, and how much money you want to make.

With a degree in mechanical engineering you have a lot of different options. Try to use college to find a concentration (functional area) to pursue. It’s not mandatory while in school, but it helps to try out various fields and decide which you fit in with best.

Generally you will have better work-life balance with a large company or federal government but see generally lower overall pay. Small companies can be more demanding, but may have benefits like employee ownership (dividends) or large bonus pool (>10% base)

So it’s really up to you how much you want to work. The question is: how efficient can you be at whatever skill-set you choose?
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