I've had a 6-month job in a university and I've been invited to a interview for another one. Having dealt with various university professors in the past, a picture is starting to emerge.
There's a really big proportion of people who like to minimize any interaction with other people. Many are reluctant to share information. Great number of people avoid teamwork. People generally don't help each other a lot. Everyone expects the best of everyone else, and they are generally annoyed at the sight of anything but a stellar performance. There's very little guidance, coaching or anything of the sort. People are expected to learn their job on their own. There's a great deal of freedom and independence.
Part of me likes this culture, part of me doesn't. I can understand the introverted approach to communication. It is really boring to explain simple stuff over and over again. In an institution of higher education, most research staff would probably want to focus on their own research rather than help lazy students and lazy assistants with some questions about simple textbook stuff.
I've also started a teaching job at a business school, and I haven't noticed similar phenomena in their work culture. They got a big emphasis on verbal communications skills whereas the university doesn't.
I've thought of how to adapt to this university culture. Probably it would be best for me to prepare for my job well enough so I won't have so much of those inconvenient questions. Thoughts?