Pros and Cons of Consulting vs working at a defense contractor (Lockheed) for Cyber specifically (career outlook, progression, exit opportunities, work life balance, etc)?

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If we are talking entry level then consulting will provide higher starting pay and access to multiple projects throughout all aspects of security.

Industry will give you work life balance and the ability to become a true SME in a few areas.

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For me it would depend on pay and WLB. I know people at Lockheed and Textron/Bell that don’t make nearly what someone in consulting makes based on YOE.

But those companies also give you every other Friday off and you are less likely to get called on a weekend than you are in consulting.

What’s your end game?

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