I work in an engineering environment with very smart people.
However, with some co-workers, I get the feeling that if you have a dynamic mainstream life outside of work, you are not a real engineer.
I do have (some what) of a life outside of work, including a wife, kid and a few friends.
There is a large number that don't have wives, kids or many friends outside of work. I understand they have a life doing other things but if your life is not like theirs, I get the feeling they view it as not worthwhile or juvenile.
Some engineers view going out for drinks, volunteering, playing club sports and other social activities with mainstream society as stupid or illogical...so I never really talk about it, to subscribe to the mentality.
Some individuals even try to make one feel bad for having a life/work balance - while they stay late and work on the project.
What are some strategies when working in this context?
Right now I just keeping everything strictly to work.
What are some things I can do to make this experience more enjoyable?