PM positions at FANG and growing startups

New / Product newBlindUS
Aug 28, 2018 9 Comments

I’ve heard that you have to either be an MBA, an ex-founder or a VP/Director of Product at a smaller company or have >5 yoe as a PM, to actually become a PM at FANG or other startups(especially Airbnb)?

Is this true? Have PMs with an engineering background, from other non-FANG companies been able to successfully move to FANG? I went from engineering to PM at my current company and am looking to move but have had the PM title only for a year (have been doing this role under an engineering title for a while now)

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  • Microsoft vplc07
    Interesting. I have about 2 yrs under my belt and got hot up by google recruiter for product mgr role
    Aug 29, 2018 4
    • New / Product newUser19
      Interesting. Maybe that’s what it is? I don’t have 2 years of experience on paper until a couple of more months. How was the interview? Did you get in?
      Aug 30, 2018
    • Microsoft vplc07
      I told them I didn’t want to do it yet. Want to stick around with my team for some time to learn and deliver some more wins first
      Aug 30, 2018
    • New / Product newUser19
      Got it. Does MSFT have PM teams? AFAIK they have TPMs that also play the role of PMs right?
      Aug 30, 2018
    • Microsoft vplc07
      Yeah but it’s an ambiguous title. Some people do product management job. Some people do TPM-like job. Some roles are kind of like both
      Aug 30, 2018
  • Google / Product Matsuma
    I joined Google about 8 years ago and have been a PM since. I can’t comment about other companies but in my experience we tend to hire top MBAs or if you have a significant win in the past, been acquired etc. We do have engineers get to the PM ladder, but there’s a process where you need to exceed expectations for at least two cycles and find a supporting team that wants to take you. Having said that fang should be doable, what’s your background OP? Do you have any successful product launches under your belt?
    Aug 28, 2018 1
    • New / Product newBlindUS
      Yes the current product I work on at my company was a success and is a fairly large revenue generator for them. My background is in CS and engineering. Have been an engineer for about 5 years and officially moved to a PM role internally this past year.

      I’d love to be a founder but that’s a bit too risky for me currently. I have a pretty good GMAT score but decided against an MBA as it is too pricey for me at the moment. Plus I don’t see a value in an MBA now that I’m already on the PM track.
      Aug 29, 2018
  • Verizon / Product YElC85
    Same as above, 2 years for me and got hit up google recruiter
    Aug 29, 2018 1
    • New / Product newUser19
      We’re you actively looking? Were you able to make the move?
      Aug 30, 2018