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Amazon / Product XxxG52
Mar 28, 2018 14 Comments

Hello - Iโ€™m wondering what my chances are at joining another FANG company as a non-tech employee.

I joined Amazon shortly after college in an entry level position earning about $80k TC and have been promoted twice since then (4.5 years). Iโ€™m now a Senior Product Manager (again, non-tech), earning $200k TC, and Iโ€™ve held account manager and marketing manager positions in between.

Iโ€™m 28 and Iโ€™m coming up on five years at Amazon with great projects/accomplishments under my belt. But, Iโ€™d like to accelerate my career with my next move for the long-term ($$ and responsibility-wise).

Would these (Facebook or Google) companies even look at me? Whatโ€™s the best approach on getting โ€œinโ€ and not being lost amongst the masses?

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  • Amazon / Design MiddleWest
    Of course theyโ€™d look at you. A good PM from Amazon is valuable to any company, and FB and Google donโ€™t exclusively take technical people. The more tech knowledge you have the better, for sure, but if you can talk about great Amazon projects youโ€™ll be fine!
    Mar 28, 2018 4
    • Amazon / Product XxxG52
      OP
      Thanks, MiddleWest. Any experience bouncing between amazon, Facebook, and google?
      Mar 28, 2018
    • Amazon / Design MiddleWest
      Not as of yet, but like many other designers I get recruited pretty regularly. I know a few people whoโ€™ve gone from one place to the next, and each has its ups and downs.

      Iโ€™ve only met a handful of people who are truly happy at Amazon. Most whoโ€™ve left it for elsewhere did not regret it in the slightest.
      Mar 28, 2018
    • Amazon / Product XxxG52
      OP
      Tbh I donโ€™t know much else since I came here right out of college. Thanks for the insight- that POV is appreciated.
      Mar 28, 2018
    • Amazon / Design MiddleWest
      For sure. PMโ€™s have a lot of influence at Amazon, so itโ€™s usually a not-terrible experience at worst. Of course, I know a lot of strong PMs who get worked to death. In fact...if youโ€™re interested in roles at AWS, message me here.
      Mar 28, 2018
  • Amazon / Eng
    Hooliganss

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    Why wouldnโ€™t they look at you? You seem to have been successful here.
    Mar 28, 2018 1
    • Amazon / Product XxxG52
      OP
      Tbh- I feel like I am a dime a dozen. I donโ€™t have an MBA and most MBA-grads come in as Sr. XYZ.

      I guess experience counts for something, but does it outweigh others my same age with less experience and an elite schoolโ€™s MBA degree?
      Mar 28, 2018
  • Snapchat snappygal
    Congratulations on Successful career!
    Mar 28, 2018 1
    • Amazon / Product XxxG52
      OP
      So far so good, thanks. But I do want to make the next step - even if I have to take a lower/lateral move first.

      I know itโ€™s not the best decision to stay at a company too long if youโ€™re looking to grow.
      Mar 28, 2018
  • Amazon / Product XxxG52
    OP
    Iโ€™m not even getting a phone call from Facebook, despite being referred. Is my resume shit? Is it just quantity of applicants?
    Mar 29, 2018 2
    • Amazon / Design MiddleWest
      How long has it been and what roles are they hiring for?
      Mar 29, 2018
    • Amazon / Product XxxG52
      OP
      Tried referral for a โ€œstretchโ€ position 1 year ago. Declined before a phone screen.

      Applied outside of referral in August for a role right in line with what I can do (PMM) given my marketing and product management exp. Not even a phone call or follow up - just confirmation they received my app.
      Mar 29, 2018
  • Amazon wwqwwq
    Experience counts more than mba, unless u graduate from top 5 program.
    Mar 29, 2018 1
    • Amazon / Product XxxG52
      OP
      Thank you, good insight.
      Mar 29, 2018