Finance to PM?

Amazon 345ewa
Sep 29, 2017 19 Comments

I recently started in a finance role at Amazon after getting my MBA and I'm not a huge fan of the work so far. It doesn't feel like I add much value. It seems like product managers have much more interesting roles. Is a transition like this possible/common? I don't have any previous PM experience so I don't know if this is realistic. If not product manager roles, what about program manager roles? I just feel like I want to get out of finance and be within the business where I am more involved in the running of the business. Thanks in advance for your help.

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  • Amazon kyVl58
    There was a panel talk in August about transitioning to Product Management. Search Career Development Series Product Manager in the Amazon internal video portal
    Sep 29, 2017 1
    • Oracle / Eng ivar
      Put it up on youtube for the rest of us.
      Sep 29, 2017
  • Oracle / Eng ivar
    Having no experience seems to be an advantage for PM recruiting.

    Don't be a program manager, they're typically project managers.
    Sep 29, 2017 5
    • Oracle Boooo
      Never ..Never talk low about any role. Every role has its place and is there because of a reason.
      Sep 29, 2017
    • Google flwH01
      They're talking about product managers. Very different from project managers.
      Sep 29, 2017
    • Hitachi Vantara / Product
      iotpm

      Hitachi Vantara Product

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      GoPro, United Technologies
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      PM for Industrial IoT with strong engineering, entrepreneurial and PM experience
      iotpmmore
      You should re read the question. OP also asked about program manager roles
      Sep 29, 2017
    • Oracle / Eng ivar
      Not talking low about them, they just aren't a good fit for the typical PM seeker.
      Sep 29, 2017
    • Google flwH01
      My bad.
      Sep 30, 2017
  • Yahoo c4
    There is a book called “Cracking the PM Interview” that discusses strategies for getting into product management.
    Sep 29, 2017 1
    • Boeing / Product UpInTheAir
      Is the book on Amazon? 🙃
      Oct 27, 2017
  • Google flwH01
    Are you in FP&A?
    Sep 29, 2017 5
    • Amazon 345ewa
      OP
      Thankfully not. I'm in a product finance role so I interact with the product team a lot, but ultimately I feel like I want to be in a role that has more say in the direction things are going. A lot of my role involves reporting weekly/monthly metrics but there is a fair amount of ad-hoc analyses that the product team asks for. But once I produce those analyses, I'm sort of out of the picture and they run with it themselves. I feel like a PM role would allow me to have a greater impact. Also, I feel like it was almost a waste of getting a top MBA just to be a glorified accountant at Amazon
      Sep 29, 2017
    • Google flwH01
      I spent several years in FP&A and product finance. Always felt the same way as you, even with good business partners. I switched onto the PM ladder in the last year and feel like I’m having 10x the impact. Leaders take note of what I say and I’ve seen several changes from analysis I’ve run with some teams. Finance gives you great access to senior meetings, great presentation and communication skills and you learn how to influence. If you learn SQL and a language like python very well too, you shouldn’t have a problem switching at many companies.
      Sep 30, 2017
    • Amazon / Other
      Day 3

      Amazon Other

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      Day 3more
      Doing finance at Amazon after getting an MBA from a top program is a waste. Joining Amazon was the biggest mistake I ever made.
      Oct 1, 2017
    • Oracle Boooo
      @day3 what do you say that ?
      Oct 2, 2017
    • Amazon / Other
      Day 3

      Amazon Other

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      Amazon
      Day 3more
      I turned down investment banking for Amazon. Huge mistake. The work isn't that interesting, finance is not respected, lousy comp, and Seattle sucks monkeys balls.
      Oct 2, 2017
  • Amazon genkee
    This happens all the time. Spend a little more time here and you'll start to meet PMs who have done that same switch and ask them how they did it
    Sep 29, 2017 0
  • Microsoft Googy
    What did you expect from the finance role?
    Sep 29, 2017 0
  • Boeing / Ops Airbus
    Switch to operations or supply chain role. Also getting PMP greatly increase your chance.
    Sep 29, 2017 0

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