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Old 06-19-2018, 11:22 AM
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So, a number of threads have covered, at times, the corporate bureaucracy, whether complaining about how things work, asking why, or generally trying to figure out how to play that game. The vast majority of actuaries work for large corporations, as employees or as consultants (and their consulting firms are increasingly also large corporations), so understanding that game is important.

This will be a thread for musings on such topics as well as links to threads on the topic. I encourage young people starting out to think about these questions and (unlike me when I was your age) focus your efforts on succeeding in the environment you're in, rather than complaining about or trying to change something that you won't be able to change.

As with all of the Westley-endorsed threads, feel free to add questions and anecdotes of your own. These are not intended to be just me expounding philosophically to an audience.

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Old 06-19-2018, 11:25 AM
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Links to other threads will go here (and be updated in the future)

How do people get promoted at very large companies?
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is there a billing code for filling out my billing codes or what
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How can I get R or Python installed on my computer if official corporate IT policy is not to install open source software?
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That is such a bad policy. It's like traditional risk management where they just think about potential negative impacts from exposure to certain types of risks rather than considering also the possible upsides to having flexible programs like Python to work more efficiently, etc.
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That is such a bad policy. It's like traditional risk management where they just think about potential negative impacts from exposure to certain types of risks rather than considering also the possible upsides to having flexible programs like Python to work more efficiently, etc.
It's hypocritical too. Odds are the base installation of whatever their computers come with has open source software. The microwave in the break room probably runs on open source software.
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It's hypocritical too. Odds are the base installation of whatever their computers come with has open source software. The microwave in the break room probably runs on open source software.
This type of inconsistencies is seen across many companies in the industry, including large, well known ones. This just shows how risk management activities in these companies aren't integrated to treat exposures consistently.

That company must be really risk adverse or has minimal tolerance for risk (or both).
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MS has its own supported version of R, so you can use that, but you have to pay for it.
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Actually I don't know if you still have to pay. But you should look into it as an option.
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