Post # 1
I work in a highly male dominated profession (engineering) and the majority of people I work with (coworkers and clients) are male. Granted, I would take this any day over a female dominated profession. I am curious if you work in a similar profession, and how do you like it or get along? Do you feel you are treated equally? Also, where does your position fall in relation to the entire company (i.e. top of the totem pole, middle, bottom)? I don’t get to talk to many females, seeing how I’m a rarity here, so I’m intrigued by others in my position.
Post # 3
@GeorgiaBride5: I work in the office of a seismic exploration company. There are literally 4 female employees, the rest are male. However the majority of our guys are from the states and work down there. They rarely, if ever, come into the office. Thankfully I don’t have to deal with much except take their crap, which I don’t, on the phone. I’m an admin assistant so I don’t have much pull with my work.
When the guys do come in, they are generally nice and don’t say much to me. I don’t really have to worry about anything. Plus the other 2 girls in my office are tough and they don’t take crap from anyone. I definetely get treated equally. If I didn’t I would quit.
Post # 4
In the summer I work in a male dominant profession…I love it…I dont get along with girls and since there are few of us here, the males treat us like gold…its physical work so when something is super heavy, yes the men tend to help because they think we cant do it but hey, sometimes i cant! lol so yeah, I love it
Post # 5
I have always worked in a male dominated industry. The college I went to was very specialized and the male/female ratio is 89% male/ 11% female. To me, Engineering is integrated. I say this because right now I am sitting in an Engineering department of a highly controlled industry.
In my organization I am in the middle. I do not feel like I am treated any differently but then again my sister always called me for advice on men because she said I think like a man.
I also teach group fitness so I get to spend time with other women.
Post # 6
I am in a male dominate industry for sure – electric utility, engineering side. I love my job, and the folks I work with are great. I would say being a young female in the industry gives me an edge, and helps me stand out. Not that I “use” being a female to my advantage, just anything to give you an edge these days is always a help…speaking of that, I should get back to work ; )
Post # 7
@GeorgiaBride5: I’m a defense consultant, and it’s a heavily male (probably 75%-25% male-female) industry. I’m pretty no-nonsense at work, so I don’t notice a whole lot of difference in terms of perception/treatment, but I have had some cringe-worthy moments where it was just assumed that I’d take over some administrative- or event-planning-type task (this could just as easily be b/c I’m substantially younger than most of my colleageues, though). I was nervous about my bosses/colleagues finding out about my engagement, because it says more about my personal life than I normally share, and I feel like now they’re all just waiting for me to pop out babies 😛 Many of the men with whom I work are retired military, and not many of their wives work (or if they do, they’re in more ‘traditionally feminine’ careers like teaching or nursing). So while they’re never outright discriminatory, they’re just sort of coming from that world where men work and women support them, and I suppose I subvert that a little bit.
Post # 8
@GeorgiaBride5: I’m an engineer as well. I work in the aerospace industry and it is the same here. There are only 2 women among probably forty men or more. Although it is to be expected, it is a bit challenging at times. I like to think I fall in the middle of the totem pole, but I guess it depends who you ask. Being the youngest, only black and 1 of two women in an entire engineering department makes for some interesting days to say the least. For the most part I get along with my co-workers although it is difficult to connect as everyone is about 20 years older than me on average. Do I fell treated equally…meh…my gender and age come into play more than I prefer it to.
Post # 9
Another engineer here in the defense/aerospace industry.
There are fewer women here (TX) proportionally than there were in my similiar old job in CA, but in a lot of ways I feel like I’m treated more fair here than I was in CA. Often times in meetings I’m the token female, and also the token ethnic person, which makes me feel like the odd person out a lot of the time.
Some days it’s OK, other days it’s not. I do get along with my colleagues, and surprisingly enough, the people I really would rather not see or talk to are other two other women who are engineers here.
I’m pretty close to the bottom as far as totem pole is concerned, although I’ve been with the company for some time, so that counts for something.
There are definitely days I feel like a glass ceiling still exists though, and it makes me wish I worked for a company that was more balanced and socially/culturally forward-thinking.
Post # 10
I currently work as a software developer, one of 2 girls on my floor in the office. I’m changing job to go back to my old workplace as an aerospace engineer in two weeks. Slightly more girls there but still very much the minority.
I’m currently towards the bottom of the pile, I don’t have any managees yet. I like it, I’ve always got on much better with guys than girls and I’m used to it having studied engineering at university as well.
I do feel that I’m generally treated equally but I do also feel there is a bit more pressure to be good, because you already stand out by being female and hence I feel (I have no evidence of this) that mistakes are more likely to be remembered than if you were just another guy.
Post # 11
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Thank you ladies for the great responses! More about me – I am a civil engineer, the only female in my company of 16 (we are teeny). I am just under the principals on the totem pole with quite a few employees below me. Of the dozens of other disciplines I work with, I’ve only met 1 other female engineer and 1 female architect, the rest male. I get along great with my coworkers, and I won’t take their crap and I’ll let them know. 🙂 Contractors are scared of me because I tend to show up to meetings like Lucy Liu in Charlie’s Angles – ooooh barracuda! Mostly just to show I mean business and won’t be taken advantage of (and I’m a girly girl). Sometimes I pull the damsal in distress card when it comes to heavy lifting (I can but why not let the guys do it since they’re all lazy). I do think I get treated a little nicer for being female from my clients, I’ll take it as a compliment. The one area I’m hazy on though is fair pay. Sometimes I think I don’t get paid as well as my equal coworkers – but how do you approach your boss and say that without stepping on your toes? I usually say something in my reviews about getting paid fairly, but who knows what that means to them. I know it’s still one of those touchy subjects, that men will get paid more for an equal position. Sigh.
Post # 12
Bees who work in male dominated professions… so like… drones? The ones who mate with the queen non stop?
I’m sorry I really couldn’t resist. Please ignore me, and proceed with your serious discussion from here.
Post # 13
I currently work in a male-dominated field. I am one of two women in my office, out of about 15. I won’t lie, people are super nice to me usually and I’m a little spoiled by the guys (though, to be fair, I do a lot for them to make their jobs easier). I don’t mind it (though I do wish the company gave a shit about this position) because my last job environment was really bad.
Post # 14
I am also an engineer. So good to see more female engineers here 🙂
I like it mostly, but lately it’s been a bit difficult with some other females working here. They are in administration/marketing. There is a certain clique that I feel like is bullying me. I have no clue why. The one girl hated me from the day I started 2.5 years ago. I don’t know where the hostility comes from. Anyway, I was getting along fine with the others, but now they formed this clique so obviously I don’t like to hang out with them (lunch etc) when the hostile girl is around. It’s quite uncomfortable and is kind of making me into an outsider.
I never thought something like this would happen to me. Now I wish these other ladies would just go away. Never had problems in other companies I worked for. In fact, my last job there were a few other female engineers and they were super laid back. It was so fun!
Post # 15
@GeorgiaBride5: I work in a very male dominated industry and it’s never bothered me. I’m a manager and I have my own team. I am in marcomm, which is usually female dominated, but my industry itself is mostly men. I never feel like they aren’t listening to me or that they don’t respect me. It’s been a non-issue.
Post # 16
- Wedding: September 2014 - Blue Horse Farm
I also work in a male dominated field – IT. I am an IT project manager so the majority of the people I am in charge of and lead are male. For the most part, I am treated as an equal, but every once and awhile I will come across a male that believes he is better and smarter than me simply because he is a male. I don’t let that get to me. I generally prefer to work with males over females because they have a more straightforward approach to things.
As far as where I am in the company, I’m upper middle. I’m not a senior executive, but one step below reporting directly into that level.