Originally Posted by LA Guy
This is a great illustration of why working in a big firm would probably suck. Seriously, we can wear whatever we want to work, and only an idiot would judge a researcher on anything other than his productivity and ability to find and articulate new ideas. One of the best, most respected researchers in the field wears a Costby sweater, too short trackpants, and running shoes most of the time. Another looks like he reads and follows the advice given in the American Trad posts in AAAC. Either way, what they wear is completely irrelevant. Maybe it's just me, but I do not want to work at a place where your choice of eyeglasses glasses will affect your chances at promotion. Maybe it's purely prejudice, but I would think that the people in charge are idiot savants at best, but are more likely to be just idiots. I don't like working for idiots.
Ideally this is true in a university setting, but I've been working at a university for the past 10 years and this certainly isn't the case. Academia is just as political as the corporate world, and I've worked in both. I have friends who are fed up with academia because they write all the research papers, chug numbers and get grant money, but someone else gets the promotion or first author on a paper and they aren't even mentioned. So then they go looking for work in the corporate world only to realize they are only getting offered jobs 1/2 of what they think they are worth with less vacation time. And the cycle repeats
I've pretty much accepted that being The Man is the only way to stop working for him.
Wasn't there a time years back when people were expected to wear nicer clothes in academia? It probably wasn't as important as at a law firm, but still I don't think people would take you as seriously if they came in barefoot, which I see all the time.