It's been a few months more. It is it still pretty awesome?
Also, what industry is this? I'm currently finishing up my master's in geology, and I'm thinking about going industry instead of academia. What you describe is my idea of heaven, but I don't know if geologists ever get that crazy.
Yeah, still love it. I'm part of a contracting research office (CRO) working within an aerospace company, although most of my work is pretty theoretical and not all with applications to Aero.
Some things are difficult. Fighting to get business development people on board with your research proposals for one.. And you really have to fend for yourself in a CRO. If you don't have a contract or grant to work on, you need to find internal research projects or come up with one. If you don't have tasking, you could find yourself out of a job. It's really for self starters. But I love the competition and I love feeling valued for my work. I never felt that in academia.
I doubt I'll ever go back.