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Apr 4 21 Comments

I'm not sure if it's having two managers or the fact I've been employed for 2 months but haven't worked on the same thing for more than a week.

I'm almost at the breaking point because people expect me to ramp up to these projects every single week and be the miracle boi and fix all the problems.

Sometimes I feel it isn't worth living out here for the jobs. Can't get into any FANG companies and startups always underpay. Can maybe anyone take time to help me out? Or at least leave some comments about how to actually progress in this career?

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  • Aetna / Product J_4fun
    That is the real world for you, miracle boi
    Apr 4 11
    • Maybe time for you to go back to your job and call your engineers miracle boi?
      Apr 5
    • Aetna / Product J_4fun
      Well, when I call my dev that I’ll mean it with zero sarcasm 🙃
      Apr 5
    • Tip from an old pm: they are NOT your devs, they don't report to you and don't owe you anything. There is that egocentric view for specific PMs that think they are the boss and everyone needs to do what they say. It ruins it for everyone
      Apr 5
    • Aetna / Product J_4fun
      Aww now you’re projecting your past incompetence on me.. but still, thanks the for lesson that I don’t need
      Apr 5
    • You need it based on how you talk. You are welcome
      Apr 5
  • Lyft wonkaa
    Be the miracle boi? This industry rewards people who are comfortable in ever changing situations. If you aren’t comfortable with a small startup join a T2 company and then transition to a FANG. Message people on LinkedIn, ask coworkers for recs and talk to people at other companies. Then us them for referrals, they’ll do it happily for the referral money.
    Apr 4 6
    • Barclays PLC FAANGHNTER
      Your company has no process. We here run sprints and such adhoc requests come through JIRA and time is allotted. OR you are always firefighting because the team is understaffed.
      Apr 4
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      We're also understaffed and the engineers we have aren't the best of quality and our junior engineers are pretty 👎

      Basically anything that's too difficult goes to me or the lead and we're both busy trying to keep the company revenue up. If I could choose what to work on we'd already be in a better place.
      Apr 4
    • Why would Fang be the end goal dream company? Are you putting them again on a pedestal ?
      Apr 4
    • Microsoft
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      Tell the other managers that the CTO told you that X was your top priority, and to take it up with the CTO.
      Apr 4
    • Lyft wonkaa
      I’d echo the person from Barclays. Your team has no process. This is an opportunity to help establish some and bring sanity to your life.

      Explain what’s going on to the CTO, and come to him with a plan for how some processes being added will help streamline the work by protecting your time and ability to focus on a smaller set of projects at a time.

      The other option is to complain to the end of time and feel like you’re going to burn out in 2 months.
      Apr 5
  • Castlight Health whaaaaaat
    Congratulations, you're being forced to learn how to become an engineering manager. Not the people under you part, but the managing up, communication, process definition, and balancing part. Nobody likes learning this in a startup environment but it's valuable experience. What doesn't kill you only makes you stronger. (Based on your description of the work env, your company acts like a startup even if it isn't one)
    Apr 5 0
  • miracle boi...haha, reminds me of sk8er boi song.
    Apr 4 0