MBA in tech

Tesla NNId44
Jul 16, 2017 21 Comments

Trying to decide if MBA is worth it. How much should post MBA PM expect compensation wise?

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  • Google / Product fwqz43
    I did a software engineering undergrad and worked as a software engineer for 5 years for a defense contractor. After an MBA at a top 10 I started at $135k base, $22k target bonus, 320 shares (vested over four years ~$75k per year), and $40k signing bonus. I've got a good shot at promo this cycle after 1.25 years.

    In my opinion the MBA was definitely worth it but the compensation is just a small piece.
    Jul 16, 2017 4
    • Tesla NNId44
      OP
      What if you don't have formal technical background and everything was self taught?
      Jul 16, 2017
    • Google RShacklefo
      So it was basically worth two years of experience as an engineer at best.
      Jul 16, 2017
    • Facebook / Eng instandidl
      So you did an MBA and got ~$205k TC after it.... that's less than you'd get with 2 years engineering experience at FB/Google.
      Jul 17, 2017
    • Hitachi Data Systems / Product
      EUWR14

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      that's 230k per year and 40k bonus
      Jul 20, 2017
  • Intuit tidn643
    Do you already have technical background? If not, you won't be respected as a PM (and for some good reason, it takes empathy for what developers are doing to successfully work with them)
    Jul 16, 2017 0
  • eBay / Eng
    eEGY50

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    What in getting an MBA would be applicable to a career as a PM? It really doesn't seem like there is much overlap, and what overlap there is could be learned easier and cheaper in many other ways.
    Jul 16, 2017 1
    • Tesla NNId44
      OP
      What about ceiling? With MBA you can move around after PM
      Jul 16, 2017
  • Google xLbf77
    it's not about this job or maybe not even about the next. it's about the jobs down the road that say "MBA preferred" and longer term exec roles.
    Jul 18, 2017 0
  • Lyft qqkqr
    useless as pm
    Jul 16, 2017 3
    • Google / Product fwqz43
      I disagree, it's been really helpful to me and I feel like it gives me a different lense than a lot of other PMs.
      Jul 16, 2017
    • Lyft qqkqr
      let me rephrase, useless as PM for compensation compared to opportunity cost.
      Jul 16, 2017
    • Google / Product fwqz43
      I would agree with that. If you are solely looking at compensation and you are already at a Tier 1 company than it probably doesn't make sense. Although you do come in at an L4 and it is easy to move up quickly to a L6 if you are performing well, so the comp can go up rather quickly.
      Jul 16, 2017
  • Google / Product fwqz43
    Google has a pretty hard "technical undergrad" requirement for people coming from MBAs but I know there are other top tech companies that don't. If you are a SWE now they might look past that though.
    Jul 16, 2017 1
    • Google / Product wildwolf
      that requirement isn't as hard as you might think...
      Jul 16, 2017
  • Workday / Product
    YXSb70

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    I came from finance but was making 60k. Went to a top 10 MBA and now am a PM in tech. Salary doubled and culture is amazing. Totally worth it but ymmv.
    Jul 31, 2017 0
  • Acanvas RoyalFlush
    I decided against it for myself and started companies/side hustles instead. Though can't say they've been wildly successful but have some quantifiable results to show for them. These experiences for me were worth more. I recommend starting a business from scratch for 6 months on a fixed budget then evaluate the MBA path again.
    Jul 21, 2017 0
  • Google steveo76
    at Google I hear it's smarter to get a technical master's like CS to eventually be a PM
    Jul 21, 2017 0
  • Microsoft rainier1
    an MBA won't give you a short term salary hike unless you change jobs, it will pay off over 10 years. if you're a program manager, it will help you become a product manager.
    Jul 16, 2017 0
  • Salesforce Devon
    Do MBA at a top 10, maybe 20-25(a lot of the schools are tied). You won't regret it I believe.
    Jul 16, 2017 0
  • Microsoft / Product 🤖paftdunk
    What about the other way around? Have an undergrad in business and thinking about doing masters in computer science. Worth it? Main motivation is to stick it to all the assholes over the course of my career that pre-judge before they know anything about me. Not sure that's the right reason tho...
    Jul 18, 2017 0

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