Haas MBA / L6 Manager

Amazon Foogle
Sep 21, 2018 14 Comments

Hi
I am considering a L6 Manager role at Amazon after spending a decade as a Software Engineer (now a L6 engineer)

Given that I have some technical knowledge, would an MBA help me progress faster in management role?

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  • I asked this question while I was interviewing. The managers I spoke with seem not to care about MBAs... YMMV.
    Sep 21, 2018 6
    • Two of the L8 that interviewed me. I was accepted to the EMBA at Warthon. They said it wouldn’t matter much.
      Sep 21, 2018
    • Amazon Foogle
      OP
      Thanks for the reply!
      Did you pursue EMBA course from Wharton? Do you find it helpful to your career?
      Sep 21, 2018
    • I had to delay my start. Hopefully I’ll start next term. I’m doing it for me, more than anything...
      Sep 21, 2018
    • Amazon Foogle
      OP
      Good to know.
      Can you also share your background?
      Are you currently a manager w/ an engineering background?
      Sep 21, 2018
    • Dm
      Sep 21, 2018
  • Amazon Player 2
    I think you would be respected more if you don’t have an MBA.
    Sep 21, 2018 2
    • Amazon Foogle
      OP
      Why do you say that?
      I am not planning to leave my job. I am planning a part time evening MBA
      Sep 21, 2018
    • Amazon Player 2
      Exactly, if you are going to stay here for awhile then strong performance and team management experience will be enough to get you all the way to L8. It will give you a stamp of approval through and through as a true tech leader. But if you have an MBA, it gives people a strong impression that you are only a people manager with constant intentions to step on other people’s foot. It also indicates that you may have been feeling insecure about your career, because ultimately, MBA is for those who are looking for another path in their career. If you are happy and certain that you are staying, then it wouldn’t add much value to you.
      Sep 21, 2018
  • New / Data DTbbq
    MBAs are more about networking. What do the people on your class cohort achieve? If you end up at Wharton or GSB or something, it can have a large amplifying effect on your career. That said, I'm guessing at L6 the opportunity costs would be quite a lot. I probably wouldn't do it unless you aspire to Executive Leadership and your employer will pay for it.
    Sep 21, 2018 2
    • When you say amplifying effect , does it mean - someone from your cohort is a VP , you can get hired there as a director ?
      Sep 21, 2018
    • Amazon Foogle
      OP
      Employer would never pay for it!
      Atleast when employer is Amazon.

      I dont want to stuck for years trying to move up the ladder. I know there are no shortcuts to it, was wondering whether an MBA would give me any edge over 1000 others like me.
      Sep 21, 2018
  • Microsoft Iamnewhere
    Not in engineering track
    Sep 21, 2018 0