I spent sometime recently at a HR department of a government company (in the utilities) in the US.
I accidentally found a file that listed out interview outcomes for new applications for a technical position (spreadsheet jockey - nothing fancy)
Out of the 10 applications, 2 of which had a PhD, 1 with a masters degree and the others unknown.
One of the PhD (call him PhD A) had spent considerable time doing research at a university, the other (call him PhD B) just recently finished his PhD program.
The comments to the interview outcomes as follows:
spent considerable time in university, have academic (not real world) experience
might have difficulty adjusting to a new environment
may contribute to discussions
not likely to be followed up
fresh out of university, have less experience than PhD A
research is too narrow
What I found funny is that very few people who actually works at the organization have PhDs (or masters for the junior staff), you'd think they would get a staff rotation just to improve upon their overall knowledge level.
Do you also feel that people with higher degrees are not welcomed with open arm in the job market? Why do you think that is the case? Have you personally faced discrimination or prejudice when applying for a job that is not too academic in nature?