Originally Posted by LarryMelman
You never worked as an engineer, so no, you don't get to say that you "think like one". If only because the shallow stereotype of "thinks like an engineer" is meaningless and kinda insulting.
"thinks like an engineer" is a real thing. I'm married to a former architect who thinks like an engineer. He really should have been a civil or structural engineer.
I'm sorry you had crappy interactions with some F.A's... I've had a similar reaction from an HR rep when I reversed engineered their ridiculous bonus for extra hours program (that actually paid less/hour the more hours you worked.) She skoffed and said "of course it's an engineer who figures this out. Um yeah, she was talking about my paycheck AND it was an engineering/tech company. She was an idiot. She thought she was insulting me because I 'thought like an engineer". I took it as a compliment for exposing (because I shared the disincentive structure with my fellow engineers once I'd confirmed it.)
Please don't be so quick to dismiss someone who hasn't worked 40 years in engineering. They can still 'think like an engineer".