I have work experience in both the private and public sector, and have noticed a fair bit of commonality between the two. This is not surprising, as no matter what kind of work you are involved in, no matter where the funding is coming from, there is a job to be done.
I worked at a space engineering corporation in the private sector for a few years. Like any corporation, the whole point of its existence is to make money, and thus the whole function of the worker at the end of the day is to contribute to that cause. This is the fundamental reason why I could not stay in the private sector; the capital driven corporate culture does not propel me out of bed in the morning. My reaction was not extreme disgust, but rather, apathy for the cause. How much does money drive corporations? It is illegal for a CEO of an American corporation to make a decision that could reduce its shareholder’s share value. Illegal!