Eng to manager

Adobe HaroldWren
Jul 6 8 Comments

Super happy at Adobe but want to switch from eng to manager. I have an MBA (and a technical Masters degree as well).

Thinking about freelancing with a group of people I know where I would do architecture and people/project management and they would code. I would only be doing this to switch roles at Adobe, not interested in freelancing in general.

— Are there easier ways to gain/show leadership experience?
— Would this be a waste of time?
— Anyone gone through similar transition who would be willing to chat for a few minutes or at least share your experience in a post?

TC 300k (give or take stock fluctuations)

PS
Mostly interested in the switch because I like designing systems and building teams/processes vs writing code. TC would probably be the same, but manager range theoretically goes higher than IC... not really expecting $$ difference.

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TOP 8 Comments
  • Salesforce checking..
    Yoe ??
    Jul 6 1
    • Adobe HaroldWren
      OP
      4 in current role (backend ML), 4 in previous job with different employer (full stack, 1 of them as senior), 1 before that (not sure how to describe it, full time but inter-level tasks) 9 total
      Jul 6
  • Cisco / Mgmt
    ceooflife

    Cisco Mgmt

    PRE
    Infosys, Wipro Limited
    ceooflifemore
    Have a one on one with your current manager , discuss your aspirations and see if he can align few juniors or intern to you and you drive a feature from requirement to production which will help u with planning prioritizing etc. while doing this get align with engineering mgmt group and start helping other group internally and with couple of success under your belt apply internally for any engineering manager job posted at Adobe. Good luck.
    Jul 6 1
    • Adobe HaroldWren
      OP
      Thanks! I have actually already taken a few of these: just launched a feature that I drove from inception and have mentored a jr and an intern in the last year. Glad to hear you think that a few more successes in this direction may be enough. Haven’t brought it up with my management yet but planning to this month.
      Jul 6
  • YOE!!!
    Jul 6 1
    • Adobe HaroldWren
      OP
      9 total, see previous answer for breakdown
      Jul 6
  • Splunk psst..
    Designing systems and building teams are completely orthogonal goals.

    May be prestige is what you are looking for?
    Jul 6 1
    • Adobe HaroldWren
      OP
      I view them as one, my manager does both. For sure there are designated architects but he is in every meeting, making corrections to every diagram etc.
      Jul 6