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how good or bad is to work in R&D centers?

pooja jain
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how good or bad is to work in R&D centers on software companies?


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Abhijit Kumar
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Good or bad in what way - work/salary/career wise?

AK
Sunit Gupta
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Totally depends on company (and your priorities)...

Many companies might employ you for routine work in the name of R&D but many prestigious companies like Google, IBM, Yahoo, Intel etc. actually indulge in R&D activities, which could be very rewarding if you're up to it.

Words of caution -

1) Choose the company extremely carefully - Pay utmost importance to the financial health of the company, if the company is doing good financially, you're likely to remain employed for a near to mid term future
On the other hand, if you're aware that the company has a 'hire and fire' culture or you've come across news that the company has faced financial losses recently or is a take over target etc., avoid that company as R&D jobs are likely to go the first in such events.

2) Evaluate whether you're up to the challenge - R&D jobs are highly performance intensive, often requiring not only specialized degrees like M.Tech / M.S / Ph.D. etc. + high degree of learning ability and coming up with or working on innovative solutions, possibly in a high pressure environment on a regular basis.

Since a R&D job is likely to be higher paying one than regular ones, companies don't tolerate average performers for long.

If however you think you're up to the challenge and can land up (or have already landed ) in a job with a relatively stable company, an R&D job can be a very rewarding option since both your pay and work content are likely to be more satisfying + a solid experience will always put you in an advantageous position later on.
pooja jain
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Originally posted by Sunit Gupta:
Totally depends on company (and your priorities)...

Many companies might employ you for routine work in the name of R&D but many prestigious companies like Google, IBM, Yahoo, Intel etc. actually indulge in R&D activities, which could be very rewarding if you're up to it.

Words of caution -

1) Choose the company extremely carefully - Pay utmost importance to the financial health of the company, if the company is doing good financially, you're likely to remain employed for a near to mid term future
On the other hand, if you're aware that the company has a 'hire and fire' culture or you've come across news that the company has faced financial losses recently or is a take over target etc., avoid that company as R&D jobs are likely to go the first in such events.

2) Evaluate whether you're up to the challenge - R&D jobs are highly performance intensive, often requiring not only specialized degrees like M.Tech / M.S / Ph.D. etc. + high degree of learning ability and coming up with or working on innovative solutions, possibly in a high pressure environment on a regular basis.

Since a R&D job is likely to be higher paying one than regular ones, companies don't tolerate average performers for long.

If however you think you're up to the challenge and can land up (or have already landed ) in a job with a relatively stable company, an R&D job can be a very rewarding option since both your pay and work content are likely to be more satisfying + a solid experience will always put you in an advantageous position later on.


they can be boring as well, i guess.

no onsite.
pooja jain
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Originally posted by Abhijit Kumar:
Good or bad in what way - work/salary/career wise?

AK


all ways. :roll:
pooja jain
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i also think they are nothing but the product development companies.
Sunit Gupta
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i also think they are nothing but the product development companies.


Quite right. I actually worked in a Product Development company which disguised the role offered to me as R&D related. It was one of the most mundane work I ever did and I left the company in 2.5 months.

As I said - Utmost important to choose the right company.
Abhijit Kumar
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Originally posted by pooja jain:
how good or bad is to work in R&D centers on software companies?


Working in R&D could be challenging and highly rewarding. One gets to work on 'bleeding' edge technologies and usually above average performers get to work in such departments.

If one can work with minimal or no supervision (that is nobody to say deliver this or that, decide your own ways), keep motivated and is a learner, nothing like R&D.

Needless to say this is true for true R&D departments and not those where folks on bench are involved in 'R&D'.

Also there is onsite...folks in my company go all the time.

AK
[ July 24, 2008: Message edited by: Abhijit Kumar ]
pooja jain
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Originally posted by Abhijit Kumar:


Working in R&D could be challenging and highly rewarding. One gets to work on 'bleeding' edge technologies and usually above average performers get to work in such departments.

If one can work with minimal or no supervision (that is nobody to say deliver this or that, decide your own ways), keep motivated and is a learner, nothing like R&D.

Needless to say this is true for true R&D departments and not those where folks on bench are involved in 'R&D'.

Also there is onsite...folks in my company go all the time.

AK

[ July 24, 2008: Message edited by: Abhijit Kumar ]


abhijit, please check your pm.
pooja jain
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if a R&D company is recruiting for a product then it's not R&D kind of job, right? it is product development.
Abhijit Kumar
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Originally posted by pooja jain:
if a R&D company is recruiting for a product then it's not R&D kind of job, right? it is product development.


Not always or exactly. First, I don't get what do you mean by 'R&D company'. Are there any such companies? An organization can't be 100% R&D and STILL be a company. A company is there to do business and make profits, so it has to deliver/manufacture some product and it does R&D for that.

Also a company has R&D department to improve upon the existing product or develop new products. Like MS was a 100% software company some years back, but they are now also into gaming hardware (Xbox) after some heavy investments in R&D (hardware designs, Game SDK etc.).

If possible let me know the company, and I could assist better.

AK
pooja jain
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Originally posted by Abhijit Kumar:


Not always or exactly. First, I don't get what do you mean by 'R&D company'. Are there any such companies? An organization can't be 100% R&D and STILL be a company. A company is there to do business and make profits, so it has to deliver/manufacture some product and it does R&D for that.

Also a company has R&D department to improve upon the existing product or develop new products. Like MS was a 100% software company some years back, but they are now also into gaming hardware (Xbox) after some heavy investments in R&D (hardware designs, Game SDK etc.).

If possible let me know the company, and I could assist better.

AK


please check your pm. thanks.
 
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