I’ve been a PM for 12 years now. I’ve successfully launched Products that impacted millions of users in a positive way over the years, coached and inspired several scrum teams built on the foundation of Trust and relationships.
I’m at a point where I feel exhausted at the end of the day - customer research and feedback, vision, requirements, product design, stakeholder expectations, team leadership, aligning cross functional teams, building relationships, being patient with demanding Engineers who want everything handed to them, project roadmaps, measuring impact/analytics, deadlines and on top of all that investigating production issues, internal politics, team dynamics/issues.. it never ends. Its been a great ride but now in late 30s, don’t think I want to do this for rest of my life.
People think PM role is some fancy easy glorious job where you are the CEO of your product but in reality its dog shit thankless job where you get hit or yelled at from all sides for the most miniscule ridiculous things. Its the most under-appreciated role in Tech.
I’m thinking of changing career paths to:
- Product Strategy
- Business unit?
OR stay in Product but move up to people manager from IC. Does life get better as a manager of PMs? I want to get out of day-to-day trenches with scrum teams and focus on leading at a higher level.
Wanted to get feedback from other PMs who are in similar situation.
YOE: 12 as PM
Interested in the answer to this question as well. I’ve also thought about pursuing PM in smaller startups with a potential to grow into any role based on performance. Will be a pay cut, but might be more fun