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Old 04.06.2020, 18:41
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Re: Transitioning from academia to industry

A company I worked for hired an ex academic (about 20 years professor) who was a stress specialist. He was a horror to work with due to his attitude of perfection before timelines. Every typo, every piece of information referenced in depth, every calculation down to the smallest decimal place. Often where a back of the napkin calculation would suffice he'd insist on a full FEM model.

The company kept him for his ability to talk to other academics for grants and uni based research. Any work with a timeline was kept away from him and we used to joke about his "Doctorarbeit" timelines. It didn't matter when it was finished as long as it was to a publishable standard.

That's my experience, it may have been down to his attitude more than his background but I think they were related.

I think he got the boot after I left, by that time they had multiple connections to the grant side of things and he cost too much for not enough work.