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A great place to work despite union issues

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Former Employee - Intern  in  Bath, ME
Former Employee - Intern in Bath, ME

I worked at Bath Iron Works

Pros

Great place to live if you love the outdoors. Very interesting work, get to see the entire shipbuilding process from design to final product. Lots of opportunities to move around within the company and see a wide variety of parts to the business. Very friendly place to work, everyone is very open and willing to help out. Mainers are a great group to work with, a very unique (in a good way) culture. Don't let my negative comments below sway you away, there are a lot of great things about BIW that make it a great place to work, if you can accept a few minor problems.

Cons

For and engineer, #1 worst thing about working there is the unions, particularly the draftsman's union. Union contracts dictate that only union members (who are not engineers) can work with CAD. This makes it very very difficult to work there as an engineer. Think of writing notes on paper and handing it to a modeler so he can put it in CAD... The manufacturing union also has a stranglehold on the company, with very strict roles for each trade within the shipyard, often limiting what salaried employees can get done and slowing down progress in general.

Very isolated in Maine, one of very few engineering job opportunities in Maine. Not much chance of advancement in General Dynamics beyond Bath Iron Works. Intern program is a little slim at the moment but is definitely working towards being a full fledged program. If working with manufacturing, often very difficult to get people on board for change. The manufacturing workforce there is aging and sometimes very resistant to change.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Do something about the unions! Especially the draftsman's union. To me and others I have talked to, that alone is a reason not to work at BIW as an engineer.

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    Clearcut benefits and drawbacks

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    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer III  in  Bath, ME
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer III in Bath, ME

    I have been working at Bath Iron Works

    Pros

    Flextime, variable schedule, health, vision, dental benefits. There is a shift differential pay for working second or third shift. It is easy to be proud of working here, the sheer magnitude of the projectLocation is desirable if you are trying to get out of the mainstream. There is zero traffic here. Bath is a charming and small city, probably too small for some, though.

    Cons

    Location does seem to adversely affect salary, there are not a lot of alternative employment opportunites. Professional progression is not clear, and it is hard to “break the mold” for excellent performance. Parking is generally much more difficult than it should be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There should be better rewards for good performance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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    Bright Employees, but management is driving the company into the rocks

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    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer III
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer III

    I have been working at Bath Iron Works

    Pros

    Flex time
    Ok benefits
    Employees are good people

    Cons

    Little chance for promotion
    Company pays employees roughly 30% under industry average
    Management is completely incompetent
        - many are the same people who ran Maine Yankee Electric into the ground
    Recent layoffs mean reduced pay and triple the work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You can not layoff 1/3 of your engineering workforce and then complain that deadlines are not being met. Management scratches their heads that younger employees are leaving the company in record numbers, piece of advice, pay people what they are worth and treat them with respect....maybe some will stay.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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