The best minds are not in government. If any were, business would steal them away.
[The difference I saw between working on government contracts as a “Senior Research Scientist II” at PNNL (I was once told I would be considered a “god” if I had a PhD) and working at Microsoft as a Software Development Engineer was like teaching high school Freshman versus earning my MSEE. But you don’t need to be an engineer to see the truth of Reagan’s statement. Just look an some of our government agencies, like the TSA. This is just part of the reason why government should be limited; they are too stupid to spend our money wisely.–Joe]
I’m pretty sure one of my remarks when you were talking about working at PNNL (back when I was unemployed, so 2003-2004 era?) was that you knew you weren’t going to work for Microsoft when you took the job.
The point you made about the parking lots emptying out early is certainly true.
Yes. I remember that.
I knew that working there would have to be the last job I ever had because after working there for a short time I wouldn’t be good enough to work any place else. I expected the ease with which I excelled there meant that my future was assured. What I didn’t realize until after a friend explained it to me that the reason most people were still there was because they couldn’t get jobs anywhere else and they managed to stay there by being very good with the politics and the back stabbing. I still need to write up the entire story of what actually happened to me there. There are lots of interesting lessons to be learned from it.