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?
- New elpapi69I asked this question while I was interviewing. The managers I spoke with seem not to care about MBAs... YMMV.
- 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.
- New / Data DTbbqMBAs 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.