Expectations to high for someone with no experience.
Builder (Former Employee) – London, Greater London – 11 June 2017
I feel the problem starts with the recruitment process, as your knowledge and ability to build bikes is never really tested.
I had a basic knowledge but nowhere close to what was required for the role and before I new it I was on my own building bikes.
The other mechanics where very helpful but they have there own work load so you never get the one on one training you really need.
I was encouraged to research and learn in my own time, and after being there a couple of weeks was expected to meet the required deadlines what I felt given the lack of training and knowledge was unreasonable.
The work itself I enjoyed, is relaxed most of the time, and only became stressful when I was under a deadline and couldn't solve a particular problem with the bike e.g. (Brakes, Gears)
I'm glad for the experience and the knowledge I have learned during my time there, but be warned if you are looking to be a bike builder for the long term, you either need to have very good knowledge of bikes or be prepared to require this knowledge in your own time.
Pay, unrealistic expectations.