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Old 03-16-2008, 07:38 AM
 
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What are some of your thoughts on the pros and cons of working in academia in the Boston area compare to working for a corporation in a similar position (i.e. Analyst, Project Manager, Researcher, etc.)?

Thank you for your input.
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Old 03-16-2008, 01:22 PM
 
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#1: Job security.
#2: Benefits (vacation, retirement--esp. at places like Harvard and MIT). My husband is an academic in the area and his college contributes 12.5% of his annual salary to retirement. He contributes an addition 5%.
#3: Less of a corporate mentality: generally speaking, workers aren't treated simply as an easily disposable cog.

Corporate over academia:

Money. It's the only reason I can think of to choose corporate.
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Old 03-16-2008, 05:08 PM
 
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#1: Job security.
Only if you tenure...
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Old 03-16-2008, 06:10 PM
 
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Only if you tenure...
Not really, smarty. Colleges/universities tend to retain their workers, if at all possible. Even though they are becoming more corporate by the moment, the people who work there are usually not seen as disposable.
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Old 03-16-2008, 11:44 PM
 
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What are some of your thoughts on the pros and cons of working in academia in the Boston area compare to working for a corporation in a similar position (i.e. Analyst, Project Manager, Researcher, etc.)?

Thank you for your input.
Corporate-can easily put in 50 to 60 hours a week. A higher salary. Many added perks (depends on company). The corporate world can be really cut-throat. Retirement packages are based on how well you can negotiate one.

Academia-Hours worked very on a daily to weekly basis, but expect to bring your work home, often (depending on what you end up doing). More then likely will have summers off, depending on what you do. Not as many perks as a corporation, but generally a really good package. Lower salary but a more distinguished position. If you stick around long enough, you will be well taken care of, or at least taken care of.
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Old 03-17-2008, 07:32 AM
 
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My comments are based on my experience working a staff position like analyst, project manager, etc (as opposed to faculty) at a very large university vs. large corporation, size of the university or corporation may make a difference.

Academia (I currently work as an IT project manager at a very large university)
Pros: Very good work-life balance, especially time off (I disagree with poster that stated you bring your work home in academia, also we do not get summers off), typically casual work environment (I could wear jeans almost any day)
Cons: Overly consensus driven, decisions/policies are very difficult, very decentralized environments which can be frustrating to get things done, pay may be lower depending upon position, some concern that you are not keeping up with the latest technology/best practices (seems counter-intuitive, but universities tend to lag private business in actual implemetation of these areas)

Corporate (I worked for several years as an IT project manager at a Fortune 50 company):
Pros: Better pay, more dynamic, keep up with the latest technology/best practices
Cons: Longer Hours, more competition to "climb the ladder"
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Old 03-17-2008, 10:05 AM
 
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I agree with most of the above, but want to add that corporate life's "money" can be a LOT more money. I know someone who literally doubled his salary in academia by making the jump to corporate, and while he traded a few benefits and comforts, I'm pretty sure that it wasn't $70k worth of benefits and comfort.
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