Best path to engineering at creative company

Microsoft pkmc
Jun 19, 2018 4 Comments

I’m interested in being an engineer at adobe, Spotify, Pixar, etc. Currently I’m a support engineer at MS with a non traditional background (self taught). I have the opportunity for apprenticeship as a video software engineer for hourly wage (~60% salary cut) and no benefits at a well connected and well funded start up. Is it worth the trade off to learn?

I’ve been taking weekend classes but it will be different from the hands on learning I will gain from the job. If my performance is good I will have the opportunity to convert to full time after 6 MO.

If you were to look at my resume as a hiring manager or peer, would you appreciate the initiative or do I have a better chance of moving to a large company staying in support or business program manager roles at MS and continuing to take classes and learn on the side?

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  • Microsoft / Eng Crabb
    I'm interested in this too, currently in support at MS but want to move into engineering. Also debating about taking a 40% pay to join another company as a junior SWE vs keep studying on the side and hope to get SWE at MS one day
    Jun 21, 2018 1
    • Microsoft pkmc
      OP
      Yea cuz you can’t really study on the side while in CSS because they like to work us to death ☠️
      Jun 22, 2018
  • Microsoft / Eng secureity
    Not worth the trade off for that kind of paycut.
    Jun 19, 2018 0
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    DM your resume. What kind of an engineering role do you want at Spotify? Have the job req?
    Jun 19, 2018 0