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Date: Mon, 23 Dec 2002 16:25:23 +0100
From: Rene Tschaggelar
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> Hello everyone,
> I read the posted salary survey and it indicates that only the good
> engineers are rewarded by getting promoted to management thus getting a
> higher salary. If the incentive for good work is money through management
> than I am wondering perhaps there is another route for engineers to advance
> - It seems to me in order to become a Design engineering manager you need to
> get a PhD nowadays, much harder than getting an MBA and becoming business or
> finance manager, so why not cut corners to better income ?
> (design is not so great anyway when you hit deadlines or lose track of
> current stuff)
> - Can some of the pros let me in what becomes most important with
> experience, age and family ( right now I love design puzzles, being around
> smart people and doing teamwork but I suppose as I mature my views on career
> are going to change?)
Mostly management has no idea what an engineer is doing, so there is usually
no pay rise, except by changing the job.
Sonner or later you forget deadlines and cost issues and do what has to be
done when it has to be done. And it takes as long as it takes and costs what
You tell them how long you expect a job will take and it takes three times
longer. Sooner or later they get used to it. Or you tell them a three times
longer expected time. Then they'd balk first but also get used to it.
A manager is simpler to replace than a designer. Is a maximized salary your
aim ? then you're completely wrong in engineering. Do lawyer, politics,
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