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How Robust Is Your Career?
Apr 18, 2012
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I wrote about this in my latest column (http://electronicdesign.com/article/analog-and-mixed-signal/robust-career-73753) and I was wondering how many of you have been asked to compromise yourself (either professionally or ethically) while employed for someone.   How did you handle it.  I would like to know.  So would other readers.  I would also appreciate any feedback on this column.

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Comments:
strauch1 wrote:
I thought the Electronic Design column was pretty interesting. Fortunately, I was raised by a police officer (truth and doing the right thing were universal constants). The University of Michigan engineering school had an honor code, and I signed every blue book I took a test attesting to not having given or received aid on the test.

I went to work for a National Laboratory, managed by the University of California (and their value system), that largely avoided ethical challenges (largely because the Lab was insulated financially and politically from interference). In crafting my senior management training sessions, I cautioned about being encouraged to be "flexible" on an issue. To me, that is code for someone wanting you to compromise a principled position. Lastly, as you noted with your "FU" fund, our culture was one where someone would lay their badge on the table (i.e. quit) before succumbing to having a gun put to their head.
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