Several weeks in the private sector and some general observations to offer. Go here for background, if needed.
These are generalizations so don’t get all worked up.
1. Everyone puts their pants on the same way. Though it may come as a surprise, people are just people. They have families, eat, drink and breathe all the same. Well that one isn't a generalization.
2. If you love your job, you work hard. It doesn't matter who you work for citizens or clients, you work hard. An often stated misconception is people in the private sector work longer hours or harder. I don't believe that is true. People that work hard do so regardless of their industry.
3. Private sector has a better talent pool. This one is nuts. I've had the opportunity to work with very talented people in both positions. Intelligence or lack of should not be judged based on title, or employer.
4. They can do anything they want. I have heard this on both sides. Public service has the impression ‘private sector has unlimited funds and can do whatever they want too.’ The private impression is ‘public sector has no risk’. Both are wrong, but you all knew that…
5. Private sector is more agile. This one seems to be true on face value. It is much harder to hire an individual in the public sector. That said, I still believe the bigger the ship, the harder it is to turn, regardless of what sector. So may be agility is more closely coupled with an organizations size.
Am I enjoying my new gig? Yes, there are plenty of challenges and I am enjoying digging in and trying to solve problems.