I did my Master's from a top 5 school. Now I have to make a choice between these two professors. While the R2 school is a private school with a great track record of research in my field - there's an assistant professor there who's willing to hire me. He has a good network, is very driven - and so - I'll be publishing a lot. Plus, the R2 school works in close collaboration with industry - so, getting a job after the PhD will be much easier.
The R1 school professor is a stud though, and has amazing collabs. But, precisely because he's a stud, I don't think that he's very inclined towards having his students in industry (the whole if you're not in academia you're a failure culture). His students have good postdoc positions or work for research positions for the govt.
Going for R1 school will restrict industry possibilities - he is not very much into industry collaborations. But he has an established lab and an established network - so I'll probably go into academia - and hang out with people who do research for the love of it - with zero industry emphasis. I don't want to get stuck in academia - and want my life to move forward after industry.
Going for R2 school is kinda a gamble. The professor did win a prestigious grant and has full funding - and since he is new, he's more aware of recent trends, and not exactly in his own world (ain't nothing wrong in that). I am very well aware of that fact that I'll be working on the projects that he has grants for and won't necessarily be the guy that has a breakthrough during PhD because of the nature of those grants. But the R2 school is pretty renowned in my field in industry, and the school has a lot of industry collaborations.
I'm hella confused. I also have an offer from my master's school (top 5) but with only one year of TA and no RA currently. Also the research domain is new-ish, so not really excited about the top 5 school.