In the company I work for the position as an engineer is a dead end. To get ahead, engineers must move into management. A little over a year ago I accepted a position as a manager of a new, small office. I took the position because of the location and three promises. I would have a person to do marketing, my old boss would be in the new office two days per week to help me, and I could spend one half my time working on projects. The marketing person was never hired. I was told we needed more work before we could hire anyone for marketing. I didn't really believe the second promise but thought I might get some help. I got none. Given the need to do marketing (I hate it) the lack of help I have not spent one half my time on projects. This lowered my performance appraisal because I was supposed to be 50% utilized. I requested a demotion but was told that I was intelligent and would learn to be a good manager and was promised management training (none so far).
My questions are:
Does an engineer ever learn to like management?
Are there companies that value engineers for their technical skills and not just because they might be a good manager some day?
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