Engineer regretting MBA decision

Salesforce / Eng Downton
Jun 11, 2018 15 Comments

This is about a friend who used to be a good software engineer and did MBA late(early thirties). He now regrets going to business school as most of his friends who stayed in engineering are doing way better in terms of position and compensation. Also, most startups and even established software companies value engineers more. Should he go back to engineering? He is in a pm role in a big tech company now.

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  • VMware / Eng nonamehere
    What’s money if you’re unhappy? If your friend has passion as a engineer, then of course go back. If PM is your friends passion then focus there. They’re completely different careers. There will ALWAYS be someone who’s doing better than you in terms of compensation. Stop comparing yourself. Run your own race.
    Jun 11, 2018 0
  • Credit Karma Hftfdds
    What is your passion? Why keep chasing after the next shiny thing?
    Jun 11, 2018 0
  • New / Eng Scarn 😎
    If he wanted to make money then why not go for lawyer or something? You get into mba if u prefer management level stuff. There are high paying people in all fields. Its stupid to think of software devs are making more money so I should go for that. He can make big money by finishing mba and joining bank or something.

    Play with the cards you have, don't look at others.
    Jun 11, 2018 0
  • Apple frnW38
    Typically, Engineers pursue MBAs if they’re passionate about “business-driven” roles. Exactly, like Product Management or even Management Consulting (McKinsey, Bain, BCG)
    Jun 11, 2018 1
    • Salesforce / Eng Downton
      OP
      He went to a top 20 school. But he feels like he spent too much time (and money )on business school . If he had just put more time and effort in his software career he would have built upon his existing experience and gotten ahead more instead of starting from scratch in a new line of work mid career
      Jun 11, 2018
  • Apple frnW38
    Did your friend go to a top-tier business school to get his MBA? (Harvard, Wharton, Stanford, MIT, Kellogg, Booth, Haas). Typically, a top-tier MBA is what drives the compensation boost.
    Jun 11, 2018 0
  • Rubicon Project / Eng pikachu88
    Maybe switch to engineering management?
    Jun 11, 2018 3
    • Salesforce / Eng Downton
      OP
      Won’t that be a hard switch? He’s been out of engineering for 5 years now.
      Jun 11, 2018
    • New / Eng Scarn 😎
      PM role is at the intersection of engineering & mba. May be do that and get into fang
      Jun 11, 2018
    • Rubicon Project / Eng pikachu88
      I met few technical project managers who became engineering managers. Not sure how they did it though.
      Jun 11, 2018
  • Microsoft / Eng Archer9
    How does an MBA help engineers? I feel like MBAs are more about the connections you make and experience you gain than anything else
    Jun 11, 2018 2
    • Cisco / Eng chipsntea
      It's important for someone in say a PM role to at a minimum posses some level of business acumen. MBA could help with identifying room in the market for growth, estimate business value of products or changes, etc.
      Jun 12, 2018
    • Microsoft / Eng Archer9
      Will MBA qualify you for salary increase (engineer or PM)? What about engineers starting a startup?
      Jun 12, 2018
  • Salesforce / Eng Downton
    OP
    He’s already in pm role in fang but pay and promotions are way better in engineering ( engineer roles) in his company.
    Jun 11, 2018 1
    • Google XVWX88
      The trick with PM role is making sure you have a good product. As you are competing with startup founders
      Jun 11, 2018