The debate continues: is industry really better?
Yes, I'm sure it sounds like a broken record, both from me and from the commenters.
Funny how commenters usually refuse to read the archives, and so they show up and just ask the same "why don't you...?" questions over and over.
In response to the joke that I "now" have a friend in industry:
I do have friends in industry, quite a few in fact. They've been there for a while. I talk to them frequently. I hear all about industry.
Most of my friends are just as stressed out as I am, since it's never clear if their companies are doing well or if they are, for how long that will last.
If the big drug fails in clinical trials, everyone gets axed. And you're screwed even if you're not one of the people who gets laid off early, because morale goes down like the Titanic. And nobody wants to work in a place like that.
Meanwhile there are no openings anywhere because everyone who just got laid off is out snatching them up.
Despite having been hired with research oriented job descriptions, three of my friends have gotten suckered into doing what's essentially glorified sales and tech support, just to try to keep their companies and their jobs afloat.
Meanwhile they're on LinkedIn, desperately networking, because they've signed contracts barring them from taking a job with any of their current company's clients that they've met while doing sales...!
Gosh, sales and tech support! That sounds like loads of fun!
....Oh wait, I wouldn't want to do that in a million years.
Yeah. No thanks.
As I've said before:
Maybe the people aspects are better because everyone isn't squabbling over pennies like we do in academia?
I'm sure that, like in academia, some places are better than others.
And I'm sure interesting things get done and that I would probably be happy doing them somewhere, if I hadn't found a project I like so much that just isn't application-oriented at all.
Lately I'm more interested in basic principles than I am in applications, but I can certainly see how that would be fun, too.
I guess one component that most people don't mention is my impression that there are more rules in industry.
I know there are very strict regulations on anything that will be used clinically, how the stuff is made and quality control and all of that. I have one friend who has to have someone sign her lab notebook every day, like a notary, to verify what she's been doing and that she's been writing it all down correctly.
Gaaah! That would drive me crazy!
So I might have mentioned this before but... I hate rules. HATE them.
And I'm just not convinced that making more money would make any of my real problems go away, unless I can buy some magic Asshole Repellent Spray that works everywhere and lasts at least 12 hours??
I think I saw some in a boutique when I was on vacation at a spa...
Clearly such things are beyond my budget on a postdoc salary.