I retired from Honda R & D, which I joined as a new graduate, in just three years-afraid to do nothing rather than challenge and fear failure.
As for the point that "all the work is done by subcontractors, so you don't learn any technology.
As for the point about not being able to learn technology because of subcontracting, it may depend on the workplace or the department.
This is a very large company, so the culture probably varies by department.
In my workplace, what was actively practiced was measures to reduce costs.
Incidentally, if you make a suggestion about a new technology, you will usually be shunned.
The idea was to have multiple suppliers produce parts with the same function, compete on price, and bargain.
This is, of course, a basic business practice and something that all companies do. Naturally, it is a necessary task. However, the more the percentage of this work increases, the more empty it becomes, don't you think?
In the teachings of the Omi merchants, there is a saying, "Sanpo yoshi.
It means that business should be good for the buyer, the seller, and the world. This is a good business practice.
Honda also used to have a motto, "The joy of buying, the joy of selling, and the joy of creating.
(It is still on the company website, but it is rarely heard in the company).
I think it has something in common with the teachings of the Omi merchants.
People get a sense of happiness by contributing to others. People do not gain happiness by making others suffer, with some exceptions. For me personally, it is questionable whether there is a "joy of creation" in today's Honda.
There is also a saying, "karma is retribution," and if you repeatedly make unreasonable demands and create hate, the consequences will fall on you.
What we really want is to create new value, not to bargain for the parts we purchase. What we really want is not to cut the price of purchased parts, but to create new value and thereby contribute to the world.
Are there really a minority of engineers who think this way?