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Top Companies to Work For as a Mechanical Engineer

Engineers are in demand. If you’re a credentialed, mechanical engineer, you’re in luck. The Bureau of Labor Statics (BLS) reports: “Employment of mechanical engineers is projected to grow 9 percent from 2016 to 2026, as fast as the average for all occupations.” But this only shows one dimension of the employment picture for mechanical engineers.

Mechanical engineers have versatile expertise. Their skills are in demand across various industries. This means that the growth rate for this occupation is nuanced, because mechanical engineers can be positioned in various fields. The BLS explains: “As a result, their growth rate will differ by the industries that employ them. Mechanical engineers are projected to experience faster than average growth in engineering services as companies continue to contract work from these firms. Mechanical engineers will also remain involved in various manufacturing industries, particularly in automotive manufacturing.”

With rich opportunities for growth, it’s a good time to work as a mechanical engineer. According to Glassdoor data, mechanical engineers’ salary falls within the $57,000-$106,000 range. Earning the bachelor’s degree that the job requires can be rigorous. Plus, mechanical engineers are also often required to earn certifications to enact their work, depending on what their roles require.

Companies hiring mechanical engineers

Illumina

Glassdoor Company Rating: 4.1/5

Number of open roles for mechanical engineers: 36

Leadership rating: 92 percent approve of CEO

What employees say: “Amazing work to impact human health. We care deeply about our employees and technology! I am treated fairly and given tons of room to grow my career.”

Microsoft

Glassdoor Company Rating: 4.1/5

Number of open roles for mechanical engineers: 95

Leadership rating: 96 percent approve of CEO

What employees say: “Lots of good engineers with lots of interesting projects to work on. Finding a good fit in a team is mandatory.”

Johnson & Johnson

Glassdoor Company Rating: 3.9/5

Number of open roles for mechanical engineers: 88

Leadership rating: 94 percent approve of CEO

What employees say: ”Advanced opportunities-they believe in talent development and stretch assignments. Great place for Engineers.”

SpaceX

Glassdoor Company Rating: 4.3/5

Number of open roles for mechanical engineers: 58

Leadership rating: 92 percent approve of CEO

What employees say: “Very few companies have as strong of a direction as SpaceX has. You learn very quickly and can apply your talents immediately.”

Boston Scientific

Glassdoor Company Rating: 4.0

Number of open roles for mechanical engineers: 58

Leadership rating: 97 percent approve of CEO

What employees say: “The newest technology, the most creative managers willing to assist in all aspects of your job to make you better at what you are doing. They care about their employees, work-life balance, health, education, betterment.”

John Deere

Glassdoor Company Rating: 4.0/5

Number of open roles for mechanical engineers: 47

Leadership rating: 93 percent approve of CEO

What employees say: “John Deere has an admirable mission. The company has a long history of success. Working as an engineer you have the ability to be rewarded for hard work.”

Apple

Glassdoor Company Rating: 4.0/5

Number of open roles for mechanical engineers: 179

Leadership rating: 90 percent approve of CEO

What employees say: “Great culture, attention to detail, resource availability, un-compromised product and user focus. I love the seriousness of being the greatest hardware maker.”

Google

Glassdoor Company Rating: 4.4/5

Number of open roles for mechanical engineers: 92

Leadership rating: 94 percent approve of CEO

What employees say: “You can’t find a more well-regarded company that actually deserves the hype it gets. You’ll work on cutting edge projects and solve important issues that impact your community and the world. You’ll meet interesting people who are your colleagues, managers, and senior management.”

Lockheed Martin

Glassdoor Company Rating: 3.7/5

Number of open roles for mechanical engineers: 585

Leadership rating: 85 percent approve of CEO

What employees say: “Really interesting and challenging work, purpose-driven job that supports government missions.”

Ford Motor Company

Glassdoor Company Rating: 3.9/5

Number of open roles for mechanical engineers: 41

Leadership rating: 77 percent approve of CEO

What employees say: “Great place to work, family atmosphere.”

GE Aviation

Glassdoor Company Rating: 3.7/5

Number of open roles for mechanical engineers: 151

Leadership rating: 84 percent approve of CEO

What employees say: “Everyone in the building was a subject matter expert at whatever it was they were doing. Fascinating work on cutting edge technologies.”

Boeing

Glassdoor Company Rating: 3.5/5

Number of open roles for mechanical engineers: 173

Leadership rating: 81 percent approve of CEO

What employees say: ”Good work life balance. Lots of infrastructure to help get new engineers up to speed. A variety of interesting design work.”

Finding a Mechanical Engineering Job

If you have the intellect and the work ethic to earn a mechanical engineering degree, put those skills to work as you reflect on what kind of position and corporate culture will best suit you professionally. Plus,  according to Glassdoor data, the national average salary for a Mechanical Engineer is $75,158 in United States. Salary estimates are based on 18,795 salaries submitted anonymously to Glassdoor by Mechanical Engineer employees.

Glassdoor helps you understand what a company culture may feel like by giving you the lowdown that past employees and interviewees have shared. Be as informed and enthusiastic a student of your job search as you were an engineering student. Happy searching!

    

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