I am a PE, even though I work under a corporate umbrella and am not in the state of my license, I still adhere to best ethical practices when dealing with engineering decisions of others. Quite simply, without making a show, personally ask the to show you how the came up with their conclusion and there supporting documentation, and civilly discuss.
Unfortunately from an engineering standpoint, 99% of the people I work with on a daily basis are not engineers. Also everyone around me are clicky good ol boys, which for years I have managed well. However in the last year, my boss has grown very bold in believing he is an engineer, even to the point of telling people he is one (which he is not). We had several spats throughout this year when I refused to criticizes the others. Even to the point of pulling my boss into an empty office and telling him I will not discuss another PEs work that I don't fully understand, and that our company has PEs that are knowledgeable in the topics and I would happy speak with them to insure we understand the engineer in questions work. This type of issue has come up several times throughout the year.I really when people just back stab each other and expect me to join the stabbing.
So now in my annual review it came up that I am not being a team player and also that I need to regain their trust….
This is half me venting since my normal person to bring sanity to my job, jumped ship to a competitor… I have had 3 bosses in this roll, this is my 3rd leadership team, probably the most gossipy and backstabbing I have seen in my 10 yr career.
… regardless of whether I ride out this regime or not, its all going to be good, and I don't do this for the “being a team player” bonuses.