June 8, 2009

The road not taken or to be taken

When you are in the situation where:

a) You're in a company that ensures you with great, extensive real project & technical experiences. Numerous projects involved that will give you nice updates for your CV.

b) You have the chance working directly with an established, one of the best well-known competent engineer in the industry.

c) You have the chance to get him as the mentor for your career development (more specific, to obtain the Professional Engineer certificate)and the potential is huge - he's a Fellow Member of IEM.

d) But at the same time, the company don't really care about the human capital, especially the specialists who made money for the company - even outsiders close with the company know the technical staffs here are not made to last. Staffs always complained, and they have almost no motivation to work harder since no point / no bonus, in terms of monetary. Projects aplenty, workload multiplies, but no incentives to avail.
Solutions?Get your associates to do the work / sub the work to another contractor and end up with less profit margin.

e) You really wanted to help him to expand the business, but with little motivation from the company + already demotivated colleagues around you, the mission and vision seems far, far away from reach.

f) Your company is short of manpower and with more projects to come, everybody have to do extra works. Still, the management is too reluctant to hire more manpower eventhough they been able to do so.

g) The ultimate - your reward & benefits is not as good as others.


Well, all of the above reflects my situation right now.

Some may argue, this is a small company and I maybe not working long enough to actually complaining and raise this issue, but it is obvious, especially when comparisons were done with associate companies / companies that are relatively same in size and business scope.

I have asked them about how the company treated them, and they are really happy. Their bosses really take care of them. Even they counteroffer their valuable staffs with bigger perks to avoid them run away to bigger company.

It is true that this issue is mainly monetary.Not being materialistic, me myself yet to have any major commitments. Thus for me, the money is not a major concern.For now.

I have seen my colleagues, the subordinates (technicians) who were working days and nights, even 24 hours at one time. No one seems to care, no one seems to reward them. Man, I really pity them.

No wonder they always complaining.

And as the engineer, I always take the heat.

Nevertheless, this company is a damn good stepping stone. Lots to learn, and I've learnt a lot.

And I believe, this company has lots of potential.

As for you people:

Is it right to raise the issues to the top?

What path should be taken after this?Stay or go away?*

Experience or money?*

*The last 2 questions are to be answered with assumptions you having 1+ working experience.

3 annotation(s):

haziah said...

hurm~ just stay for a while.. gain some experience.. nnt2 ko blah la hehe rough times never last.. o ya.. nnt jumpa aku silalah belanja~ hehehe ada gaji suda kan??

Mohd Syafiq Rashid said...

ko cari aku kat kl.baru aku blanje ko.hehehe

Syed @ Don said...

orait. Assumming I have work for more than 1 year =P

If you can get money a lot better now, then why not but the issue is why people should pay you more when you had no experience?

Thus my suggestion, stay for at least 2 years to earn experience - not just for knowledge but for minimum job requirement in the market as well (simply put, I had to work for 1 year just to reply here, technically - not because what I learn, but the duration of the learning)

If you find the 2 years is something you can bear, then aim for the IR titlement for the next 1 and half year because after that, when you ask for money, people will be happy to slam a lot of it in you face.

Good Luck.