MBA in Bay Area?

Google deshita
Oct 28, 2018 31 Comments

For those of you who have done an MBA in the Bay area or an online MBA while living in the Bay area, what led you to do so, and how did things turn out after graduating?

Current SDE with 1 YOE after bachelor's degree. Currently doing well in this tract but want to switch to product management. Trying to get the most bang for my buck, and unsure as to how selective schools like Stanford/Berkeley are, how much the school name matters, how I can to prepare to apply, etc etc. Bonus points if anyone had completed an MBA part while still working full time.

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  • Facebook / Mgmt RonWalt
    Did a top 5 MBA. Biggest waste of time and Mony. Wish I had worked instead
    Oct 28, 2018 17
    • Microsoft vplc07
      Different industry. Non-tech to tech (but not top tier). And yes he got this job through alumni networking
      Oct 28, 2018
    • Facebook alt_qq
      If your friend was so meh before HBS how did they get in? Sounds like it may be a problem with them and not HBS
      Oct 28, 2018
    • Cisco ChecksOut
      I think pre-mba work experience factors into post-mba opportunities. Someone in tech before an mba might have better odds of getting into higher levels in tech after.
      Oct 28, 2018
    • Microsoft vplc07
      My point is that some people expect an MBA to be transformative. However, if your pre-MBA background isn’t strong, you can’t expect HBS to magically land you a job at the most competitive place.

      On the other hand, my ex banking/consulting friends who went on to b-school seems to have good exits. So your pre MBA experience matters as much as (or even more than) the MBA itself
      Oct 28, 2018
    • Cisco ChecksOut
      Agreed.
      Oct 28, 2018
  • Microsoft vplc07
    A top 7 MBA is still useful if you want to switch to management consulting, finance, or other careers. Otherwise it’s a waste of time and money
    Oct 28, 2018 2
    • And What would the top 7 be ?
      Oct 28, 2018
    • Microsoft vplc07
      The M7 schools are Harvard. Stanford. Wharton. Sloan. Kellogg. Booth. Columbia. Now I’m not sure if it’s actually an organization (like the Ivy League) or just commonly grouped together because they consistently rank in the top 7. I would argue that Tuck, Haas and maybe Yale SOM should be considered too
      Oct 28, 2018
  • Twitter 0nMyWay
    MBA is so early 2000s. MBAs are cash cows for universities and not worth it anymore in the year 2018 for the students. You can learn more and make more money (instead of paying 50k a year) by transitioning into a PM role at google.

    P.S. “online MBA”s are an even bigger scam. Universities don’t have to do shit and they get idiots to shell out thousands of dollars to attend their “online classes” which amounts to nothing more than getting access to some material online behind a login.
    Oct 28, 2018 0
  • Facebook Pilmzadjrk
    Did Harvard and it opened up doors for me.
    Oct 28, 2018 1
  • Twitter 0nMyWay
    Spending that time leetcoding will make you far more money than any MBA would. Of course this only works if you stay the IC engineer route.
    Oct 28, 2018 4
    • Cisco ChecksOut
      C levels make millions a year. One year at c level can be worth more than a career at IC Eng.
      Oct 28, 2018
    • Twitter 0nMyWay
      Getting an MBA isn’t gonna make u C level at twitter. There’s thousands of employees at twitter and less than 10 c levels. In general, MBA or not, IC eng or not, the chances of making C level are very difficult. At any decently sized company.
      Oct 28, 2018
    • Cisco ChecksOut
      Was referring to more than one company. MBA.’s usually move up the ladder when they move companies. There’s a lot of companies out there. Look at board seats too and who fills them. BoD get paid 250k+ for those roles too which are usually in addition to a full time role elsewhere. Some are on multiple boards.
      Oct 28, 2018
    • Twitter 0nMyWay
      do u know how boards work? Getting a board seat is harder than making c level. Most spots are filled by the investors (VC firms who invested in the company),the open seats are given to known people with different perspectives (female, black) that may not even be in the same industry.
      Oct 29, 2018
  • New / Eng uhYr23
    So if I'm an L5 IC at FAANG or similar, and get a top MBA, it will increase chances of moving up the ladder post MBA? In what track? It wouldn't be IC anymore...
    Oct 29, 2018 0
  • Facebook / Mgmt RonWalt
    Are you joking ? MBA role at FANG is L4. Stay where you are
    Oct 29, 2018 0