I have been on blind too much lately and by looking at the toxic tech enviornmet really forces me to question, is it really worth joing industry. Recently interned at Amzn and honestly one of the most terrible experience. The team i was placed in had absolute zero sense of ML practices. On top of it when i see all these posts on pip, dev plans, pivots and “managers have to complete their pip quota” and “was promissed xyz and manager stabbed me” makes me question is it really worth joining the industry. Or it really depends if you are lucky enough to work with good people. The other option is to go for a post doc and then for tenure track position. I know academics is slow and far less pay but when i see these prof working on their own shit, publishing papers, writing grants, travelling for conferences, no interference from chair and all confuses me. till now i have been working towards finishing my PhD asap and building skills which are more relevant to industry. Should I really reconsider this thought and start adding more academic flavour to my research.
Really want to know your thoughts what should i do. I still have 1.5years left.
I'd also not base your perception of industry on blind. The worst and most shocking experiences bubble to the top here. I've worked in industry a few years now and really love the environment compared to academia - that path has its own set of potential problems.
This is not to say it's a bad idea to pursue postgrad if that's appealing to you. I'd just recommend doing at least one more internship in industry (and some place different than Amazon) to see if you leave with a better taste in your mouth.