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From: Bill Polhemus [mailto:bill(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Wednesday, August 22, 2007 3:19 PM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: Re: Job Opportunity

Wesley Werner wrote:
    The company offers a good work environment with a quick pace. Hard work is well rewarded with pay raises and bonuses tied to performance.
Wesley, be honest.

This is a nicely-worded way of saying "sweat-shop," isn't it?
[Wesley Werner] No. Everyone is paid hourly. Any extra time you work is overtime pay. I typically work 45-50 hrs which I think is a reasonable work week. One of the main purposes of hiring a new engineer is to get someone that can devote uninterrupted time to design. More and more, I am fielding questions from other employees (steel detailers, field workers, etc.), and don't have the time to get a lot of design done. When questions do arise, usually the answer is needed quickly hence my comment about the quick pace.

Not that there's anything wrong with that; it seems that more and more "specialty design-build" firms of which I'm aware are "sweat-shops" these days. It's a good place for a kid just out of school to get his baptism of fire, but you also get a large turnover and a small but significant number of "burnouts" who quit engineering altogether to go into real estate (or worse, to law school), etc.

Just sayin'.
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