(IE Manager) Moved to Austin because my wife got a job with Google. How do I transition my skills into a tech company?

New / Mgmt gMRV24
Aug 2 24 Comments

My wife got an oppurtunity to join a Tech Company so we moved to Austin Texas. I currently am an Industrial Engineering Manager who works from home 50% of the time and travels the other 50%. I manage three IEs across the country as well as own the labor management programs across our distribution centers (CA, MI, KY).

Our distribution centers have an upgrade cycle that that is lead by our IT department but all configuration and most mod requirements are created through me and my manager who is the Director of Industrial Engineering. I am proficient at SQL, the WMi system we use (software: Manhattan) and love data analysis.

I have two questions for you what jobs in tech companies could I apply for, even if i have to step down from a manager role (at first) I actually love managing professionals. Second, what programming labguages/ skills should I learn to join a tech company as a sales or customer engineer?

Main reason im looking wven though i love my job is that I only make 112k after base/bonus/stock, midwest company for ya...

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  • New / Product GRHw77
    Scale of 1-10, how good are you at data analysis? SQL basically
    Aug 2 5
    • New / Mgmt gMRV24
      OP
      I would say 7-8, is there a good way to grade your proficiency?
      Aug 2
    • Lockheed Martin / R&D vxos
      write a query that produces a table of blind users who’s tc > 100k
      Aug 2
    • New / Product GRHw77
      Cool, message me your resume. I can refer you at Expedia
      Aug 2
    • RetailMeNot JMch87
      @Lockheed

      SELECT * FROM users
      Aug 2
    • Microsoft / Eng 🍤🍤&🌭🌭
      Select * fails a code review ...
      Aug 2
  • New / Product GRHw77
    Also, are you into supply chain? Given you are an industrial engineer
    Aug 2 5
    • New / Mgmt gMRV24
      OP
      I like supply chain it just seems like like going the full tech route is the way to make money, currently I make 112k after all compensation.
      Aug 2
    • Amazon Dhlf30
      That TC is depressing after 28 years of experience
      Aug 2
    • New / Mgmt gMRV24
      OP
      That’s my age not years of experience
      Aug 3
    • Oracle / Eng Toastyfire
      There are lots of supply chain issues in tech. Look into the cloud companies. Become familiar with capacity and demand planning, theory of constraints, etc. Your SQL will be a great asset to you.
      Aug 3
    • Amazon Dhlf30
      Just as depressing
      Aug 3
  • Microsoft BAvp72
    Separate q for you. What is your wife's new TC? Been thinking of a similar move myself
    Aug 2 3
    • Amazon hgjuyf
      +1
      Aug 2
    • New / Mgmt gMRV24
      OP
      Her TC is 145k.
      Aug 3
    • Microsoft BAvp72
      Thanks! Was hoping for eng info but the data point is interesting.
      Aug 3
  • Yeah I think data analyst or data scientist is a good. Might need to do some Coursera courses to solidify your knowledge.

    But you have a good start already.
    Aug 2 3
    • New / Product GRHw77
      Data analyst man. Data Scientist does require much core mathematical background. depending on the company of course
      Aug 2
    • Yeah probably a better fit.

      Or data engineer would fetch you higher TC, but you need to know coding and CS concepts related to networking and storage.
      Aug 2
    • New / Product GRHw77
      Yes, I agree with that. If you can build efficient data pipeline then data engineering is a lucrative job
      Aug 2
  • Zume / Eng AlexGarden
    Product manager, program manager, data scientist
    Aug 2 2
    • New / Mgmt gMRV24
      OP
      What’s it mean to be a program manager and can you be one if you have no experience with said product?
      Aug 2
    • Zume / Eng AlexGarden
      Never being one, I imagine all roles have an entry level... Program manager needs to coordinate multiple teams &/ multiple products possibly cross office toward one goal. Could be to secure a customer, to prepare for a demo, or anything that needs multiple teams to work together.
      Aug 2
  • Oracle / Data bendy
    Op Amazon has a team called scot, supply chain optimization team.

    There is a group on meetup that solves cracking the coding interview cases.

    Even if you don’t land in Amazon, black locus(Home Depot) and some shipping companies should be interested in your skill set
    Aug 3 0

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