I am seeing a pattern in business I am not sure if it's me, the type of work, or my approach to the issue.
I did my research on the company reputation, CEO, manager all of these people checked out as what kind of company I want to work for, but the senior engineer is usually impossible to do research on. So here is the problem.
The senior engineer has stated he wants all of the work, and if someone has nothing to do then the company will lay them off. I guess he wants me laid off. I wonder if he had someone in mind for the position he has stated he has several kids about my age, and I have seen a lot of nepotism. Every time I have come across this kind of situation where a more entrenched person wants something I have lost the war. So far I talked with the person face to face and laid out the issue of the work load. Then I bring up situations where I could have taken something on and the senior engineer did not have to work beyond his normal working hours. I could do something closer to what I negotiated for, and can contribute to the teams effort where my skill set bring in value. He then stated he should get the work because he knows more, well in private I politely corrected in fundamentals to the job else he would be testing thing incorrectly. He is no longer stating he knows more. My plan for this forward is to remain quiet , not fight with him, and look for a new position.
In the past when I have brought these items up to the boss I have only gotten retaliation from the senior engineers. In general with Aerospace each company needs to have instrumentation to sell their products, but the people who get into those positions don't necessarily have the education behind them. When someone is brought in with the education and while sharing information we find mistakes. Followed by more control of the work load and retaliation to the boss's ear. Most managers will seek and follow the senior engineers opinion on how the new hire is doing. Hence the retaliation in the form of a poor review.
Most people in this same discipline if they have an ethical bone in their body only focus on their own projects then don't say anything to anyone else.
For the last 6 years this is my 3rd situation similar to this. The first the senior engineer would assaulte me then sabotage my work. The sabotage started when the principle investigators started coming to me for information and ideas. I guess the principle investigators wanted to work with someone who showed enthusiasm towards what we did.
The second the senior engineer would put my name on his work then publish it. His work was usually technically incorrect, and at one time he was open about being fired for similar ethical issues. The manager who was a drafts man backed the senior engineer and then blocked me from transferring. I was eventually laid off for whistle blowing on this senior engineer for breach of contract, falsifying test data, etc...
Finally the current senior engineer problem listed above.