Apple internal transfer to TPM role (Technical Project Manager). Do you recommend?

Apple / Eng Popeye1
Mar 9, 2018 19 Comments

I am currently an ICT3 in tools and infrastructure team, i have an offer for internal transfer to a TPM role.
My career goal is to become a Product manager or Director of the Infrastructure teams someday. Will taking the TPM role take me closer to my goal? Should I make this move anyway? There is absolutely no way that I can grow in my current role for atleast 5 years.

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  • Apple CartMann
    Hi even I'm planning to get to tpm role in future. Did you apply internally? How many years of experience do you have?
    Mar 9, 2018 4
    • Apple / Eng Popeye1
      OP
      Yes, its an internal transfer. 6 years.
      Mar 9, 2018
    • Apple CartMann
      How many at Apple?
      Mar 10, 2018
    • Apple / Eng Popeye1
      OP
      2
      Mar 10, 2018
    • Apple CartMann
      Thanks.
      Mar 10, 2018
  • Apple / Other &aa&
    As far as I know, HW TPM is a very good and high visibility role, it involves a bit of travel and excellent RSUs. I have been try to get a TPM role but hiring managers are not very positive as I do not have any technical experience. Can you share your background
    Mar 9, 2018 6
    • Apple / Eng NBD1234
      No ICT3 gets $100k RSU annually.
      Mar 10, 2018
    • Apple / Eng Popeye1
      OP
      I get around $60K yearly RSU in my current role.
      Mar 10, 2018
    • Apple / Other &aa&
      OP - What is your background?
      Mar 10, 2018
    • Apple / Eng Popeye1
      OP
      I am currently an ICT3 in tools and infrastructure team. Have 6 years of work ex.
      Mar 10, 2018
    • Lam Research gurukool
      I’m in HW TPM IC4.. how much RSU can I expect in refresh ?
      Mar 31
  • Apple frfnee
    Apple is cutting down on EPM, move is risky. This is true outside of Apple too.
    Mar 11, 2018 2
    • Apple / Eng Popeye1
      OP
      Any data to back this comment about Apple cutting down on EPMs? By the way my position is TPM (but i think they might be same).
      Mar 11, 2018
    • Apple frfnee
      I don’t have official stats, I’m talking from what I’ve seen in my group and friend’s group. Both of our groups are part of Craig’s SWE. We used to have few EPMs for features in main iOS release, now we have one. The other is a hw epm.

      Msft used to have so many PMs, look what happened to them. Same is true in amazon.
      Mar 11, 2018
  • Apple cFdp34
    may i know how it goes?

    I want to hear more details after you move
    Aug 1 0
  • Lam Research gurukool
    Is internal transfer easy at Apple ?
    Mar 31 0
  • Thanks! I am also trying to apply for EPM roles at Apple (currently HW design engineer with 10+ yrs experience) and wondering if this is right move in terms of career growth and financially compared to staying in the same domain.
    Mar 10, 2018 0
  • Is TPM same as EPM at Apple?
    Mar 10, 2018 0

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