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    Default "work in" or "work for"

    Hi!
    Which is correct and please give some explanation. Thanks.

    1. I am working in a pharmaceutical company.
    2. I am working for a pharmaceutical company.


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    Default Re: "work in" or "work for"

    Quote Originally Posted by queux View Post
    Hi!
    Which is correct and please give some explanation. Thanks.

    1. I am working in a pharmaceutical company.
    2. I am working for a pharmaceutical company.

    I would choose the second variant 'for'.

    'In' is good when a place of work is associated with some building, e.g. She works in a toy shop.'

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    Default Re: "work in" or "work for"

    Clark's answer is correct. I would like to add a little extra information though.
    When you are talking about a company, the preferred preposition is 'for'. It is common to use 'in' when you are referring to a building (as Clark says), but also a particular industry or branch. For example.

    I work in graphic design.
    (Graphic design is the discipline or field in which I work)

    I work for a large advertising agency.
    (The agency is the company for whom I work)

    I work in a design studio
    (The studio is the place in which I work).

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