Advise to get to 500K + TC in next 4-5 years

Lam Research gurukool
Mar 26 25 Comments

Will be joining Apple soon as IC4 TPM with TC~ 250K . I come from hardware EE engineering background and am learning ML and data science on the side to acquire a new skill. Just need advice if learning AI/ML would be beneficial with relevant domain knowledge to get to 500 K + TC in next 4-5 years or just need to focus on getting promoted as TPM? Also please advice if making a switch to product management is feasible from program management ?

Thanks

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  • Indeed rage a lot
    🍿🍿
    Mar 26 2
    • Intel / Eng DonaldDD's
      What’s your plan to get 4 tubs of popcorn in 4-5 years?
      Mar 27
    • Indeed rage a lot
      Leetcode
      Mar 27
  • Microsoft gfba68
    Pray there isn't a recession
    Mar 26 0
  • Uber ldkd
    Rob a bank. TC 2.5M
    Mar 26 0
  • New / Eng young$$
    Don’t limit yourself. You could make 1MM TC by then.
    Mar 26 3
    • Apple / Eng P e w
      One million million?!
      Mar 26
    • Intel / Eng DonaldDD's
      One *Mamillion*
      Mar 27
    • New / Eng young$$
      1 mega million!
      Mar 27
  • Microsoft strange t
    Microsoft has a legendary PM - Corey Sanders who had been promoted every single year. He became a partner within 8-9 years since joining Microsoft after Princeton. Partner get over a million usually.

    He became CVP in another 3 years. PMs who demonstrates their ability well get promoted faster than engineers. Most of Microsoft leadership are former PMs. But you gotta work way harder than engineers. Engineers need to focus hard and get tired easily as a result. PM workload tends to demand long hours but less stressful work usually. In case of Corey, people wondered if he sleeps at all because you get a reply for your email within 10’mins whether it is 2 am or 5 am.
    Mar 26 2
    • Lam Research gurukool
      OP
      Just checked his LinkedIn profile. Has a solid programming background which I don’t . Would be hard to replicate the same in HW but let’s see
      Mar 26
    • Microsoft abcdblind
      Except he's gonna get laid off this year. Him and Judson above him
      Mar 26
  • Facebook pobar
    You are approaching it all wrong my friend.

    The focus should be to do good work in ML field and then once you have proven yourself opportunities (and TC) will follow.
    Mar 26 3
    • Lam Research gurukool
      OP
      I know but have never worked in ML field. I’m learning now via mooc boot amp and online. Idea is to become a TPM for AI Ml based services in the next 2-3 years
      Mar 26
    • Facebook / Eng _Ethereal_
      Not true, focus on TC to optimize TC. Build up on leet code and take as much project ownership as you can
      Mar 26
    • Lam Research gurukool
      OP
      I didn’t quite get you. Leet code? But that’s for core SW programmers. It’s too late for me to get into that. I have strong math and statistics background. Just need to get good at python . But no one would hire me for entry level ML positions. Not even interested . Just want to find opportunities to leverage product/ program management , HW and ML
      Mar 26
  • Microsoft
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    Drop on your knees and get to work buddy
    Mar 26 2
    • Amazon / Eng cryptolord
      Standard 4chan answer for a standard 4chan question 😂
      Mar 26
    • Uber ldkd
      Maybe MS means praying
      Mar 27
  • F5 Networks RRA
    Not sure it's possible to get to 500 as a TPM. Maybe at FB?
    Mar 26 1
    • Lam Research gurukool
      OP
      Need to become lead TPM or director of TPM at other means s size company . Else try for IC5 which I know is hard
      Mar 26
  • Amazon / Eng cryptolord
    Real answer : Study Leetcode, switch jobs twice among high paying FANG + hope for massive stock growth
    Mar 26 0
  • Amazon NoColusion
    I majored in EE and left HW after 3 years, so I know the struggle. To be honest, you won't be able to catch up to others as an IC who are CS first unless you still got youth and come from a top university. But as a PM or TPM you can come at it from a unique HW/SW perspective to differentiate. For myself, I went back to school and now I'll be a PM for AI/ML ;).
    Mar 27 1
    • Lam Research gurukool
      OP
      well there’s a personal satisfaction one has to be content with . If a IC in SW makes 500 K with 10 YOE and similar in HW makes 250-300 I’ll take it . But I do think acquiring new skills will boost my prospects . Planning to take the MS in analytics from Georgia tech online. I already have stats experience just need to get good at python and sql. Could you advise what skills are needed for a PM on AI/ML ?? I assume PM won’t do the dirty job of coding ??
      Mar 27
  • Apple / Eng P e w
    On this note, what about new grad SWEs at FAANG. How to get that?

    (I’m not starting at Apple btw)
    Mar 26 0

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