Moving into Finance as SWE?

Google ecdhe
Sep 24 22 Comments

I'm interested in moving into Finance after a few years as SWE @ Google. I have a BS and MS in CS (unknown school, grades were okay) and am working towards an online MBA.

How hard is it to break into Finance later in life? What are the odds of making it into BB IBDs with FAANG on my resume? Anyone here who's done it and can share more about their experience?

Edit: Also curious to hear if it's possible to transition from a SWE position within a bank since some recruiters have reached out.

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  • Bloomberg / Eng cpuhog
    If you’re willing to put in a year or two for the transition, you could try fintech. Bloomberg hires from FAANG. If you’re good, we’d be aggressive.

    It’s gets you in the financial domain and would help educate ya on all the nuances of tons of data sets, valuation methods, sector quirks, you name it (provided you end up in a financially focused area of course... eg not news or internal systems).

    Our ICs are heavily targeted by IBs not just for eng work but also for analyst positions. Their offers are quite good... retention there is a PITA for us actually.

    Might be a good step for you and a win for us temporarily (or who knows... you might like it here! Many do )
    Sep 25 0
  • Chubb / Admin atheom
    I work in Finance with an IT background and I would seriously advise against this. All of my employers have abused the living hell out of me for my multiple competencies. I am now the de facto database administrator for a Finance reporting application and I am responsible for actually producing PowerPoint decks and explaining and providing variance commentary on business results. I have take IT off my resume as I am looking for jobs elsewhere.
    Sep 25 1
    • Capital One MV60037
      Spot on. They stretch the living hell out of mid level resources and you are too busy to develop yourself... lose lose situation.
      Sep 25
  • Two Sigma / Eng mgre
    Sounds like a step down to me
    Sep 25 0
  • BlackRock 1oynx
    IBD will be rough hours to pull...
    Sep 25 0
  • Cruise Automation / Eng
    c++4me

    Cruise Automation Eng

    PRE
    Tesla Motors, Facebook
    BIO
    Ex-Tesla, Ex-FB Tech Lead
    c++4memore
    Don’t
    Sep 24 2
    • Google ecdhe
      OP
      Why not?
      Sep 24
    • Cruise Automation / Eng
      c++4me

      Cruise Automation Eng

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      Tesla Motors, Facebook
      BIO
      Ex-Tesla, Ex-FB Tech Lead
      c++4memore
      One must see the matrix for yourself. You cannot be told what the matrix is.
      Sep 24
  • WePay yXfc40
    How about an SWE role in a financial company? Dm me if you need a referral for WePay (acquired by Chase).
    Sep 25 1
    • Google ecdhe
      OP
      Nah, I can do that here too. Stripe and Square might be interesting with my background, but I'd want to get away from SWE if I made the switch.
      Sep 25
  • Merrill Lynch / Finance
    green78

    Merrill Lynch Finance

    BIO
    senior wealth management professional
    green78more
    I've had MBA classmates that used to be SWEs. After they graduate from MBA, some do get into core finance (IB type) positions advising industries they were familiar with. Now 10 years later a few made MD/partners with TC of over a million. But get into a top MBA school (Sloan likes previous tech background, or Wharton etc.), better not online.
    Sep 25 0
  • T. Rowe Price fvvk18
    how about Quant? And don't do online MBA
    Sep 25 2
    • Google ecdhe
      OP
      Not smart enough for quant stuff tbh
      Sep 25
    • T. Rowe Price fvvk18
      what is a reason of switching form SWE to business if you don't mind sharing? is it TC or a lifestyle? Or are you tired of writing a code?
      Sep 25
  • New / Other AuntHilda
    If you are willing to start below the managerial level and work super hard (since you don’t have finance background that takes ~5 or more years to become a manager) like 60-80 hours every week, you can give it a try. Also, you might have to take a pay cut during that transition. What’s your current TC? I can tell you how much you will make in Finance.
    Sep 24 1
    • Google ecdhe
      OP
      Current TC is $170k, hopefully $200k+ next year. Pay cut is fine though.
      Sep 25
  • Facebook JaySucks
    Dawg don’t do this I beg you

    Edit: NVM saw that you specified IBD. It will be a tough transition and you’re in an odd spot where you don’t really fit the hiring profile for an Associate (mainly through OCR and returning MBA interns) and VP hire wouldn’t make sense either.
    Sep 24 1
    • Google ecdhe
      OP
      Yeah, I basically lack the experience for more senior positions but don't fit the hiring profile for junior positions so I was wondering if there's other options. I know the theory and need to find a way to get practical experience on the job.
      Sep 25
  • Credit Karma iyabfmk
    IBD is a terrible career, benefits from media hype.

    Could you imagine yourself as a real estate agent or a life insurance salesman? Those roles are more similar to IBD than SWE is.
    Sep 25 0
  • Merrill Lynch / Finance
    green78

    Merrill Lynch Finance

    BIO
    senior wealth management professional
    green78more
    That is, if you know you are passionate about this career track. If the only consideration is TC, it's just easier to stay in SWE track (&be a good one).
    Sep 25 0
  • BlackRock 1oynx
    Your Google TC is better than IBD also...
    Sep 25 0
  • Neurocrine bluffjezoz
    Which online MBA?
    Sep 24 0

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