I have spent the past three years conducting doctoral research within a university for a large gas turbine company. I have worked amongst many other Ph.D.'s in the same circumstance and have found the company employees to be, in general, *very* serious. I understand that the nature of the industry involves safety and cost issues, however, I believe it is also related to the inherent difference between engineering and science, where business plays a large role in the 'seriousness' of engineers. I work on a futuristic project and I am passionate about physics, however, a lot of my ideas get dismayed and the industry seems to be painfully slow moving and orthodox. Is this the unfortunate truth about large companies? Does anyone else feel this commercial/business pressure from their seniors when conducting engineering research? Are more physics based companies less like this i.e. those related to solid state physics? I thought gas turbines were pretty advanced, where fluid dynamics is at the heart of the physics research. My university is relaxed (to a normal extent), but the company is not. The company seems to outsource all the interesting work to universities and the in-house work seems really boring i.e. well defined methods and limited physics problems. I would like a postdoc position after, although this is unlikely to materialise for obvious reasons, therefore I am sad to think my life will turn out to be a concoction of formal business acumen and a miniscule dose of physics. Any thoughts are much appreciated.