I worked at Econolite full-time (More than a year)
Econolite is without a doubt the best company I've ever worked for!!!! I'm a mechanical engineer and I've had 6 other engineering positions throughout the past decade and Econolite is the best employer I've ever had. The culture there is so laid back, but productive. When a mistake is made people don't even ask who made the mistake, just simply "how do we fix this." The culture trickles down from the owner and president to everyone else. The owner, Mike Doyle, and the president genuinely care about all their employees and they're really big on the work life balance. And the owner is not only one of the nicest people I've ever met, but he's actually a lawyer so he's highly intelligent. They even offer internal programs to help their employees grow into future positions, like management. I've never worked for a company where everyone there was actually happy and not stressed out. But that's the great side effect of not pointing fingers when mistakes are made, I do NOT believe anyone there thinks their job is in jeopardy b/c as long as you show up to work and just try to do good your job is secure. And my direct boss, Ryan Bullock, was extremely nice, easy to get along with, and intelligent. Never once did he micro manage me or make me feel inadequate. As long as I did my work he was happy. And it was convenient having a engineering manager/director that had a background in mechanical ad electrical engineering since I only know mechanical and the product line is mainly electronics.
In final, if you have a chance to work for this company I highly advise you do b/c not only will you be able to achieve something great in the traffic control industry, but you will probably sleep good at night, have plenty of time for outside activities, and just be generally happy and stress-free.
The only con for me was the drive. I wish I would of just moved closer vs. quitting like I did, but I had personal reasons to stay at my current residence. And even when I quit the owner, president, and my boss were all still very nice and truly wished me the best.
Advice to Management
My advice to management is to keep doing what you're doing.
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