PM to Engineering Ratio

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Mar 14 34 Comments

How many PMs to engineers does your team have?

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  • New
    EMVH32

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    EMVH32more
    Zero. We fired them. They’re useless on a team of competent engineers.
    Mar 149
    • Wayfair str(10)
      Good luck, have fun.
      Mar 14
    • Facebook gEKd54
      Enjoy your work at New
      Mar 14
    • Salesforce Zed12
      So you have engineers talking to customers and driving product decisions? That seems risky.
      Mar 14
    • GoDaddy 5"6 Indian
      @Zed12 - with a team of competent, well-rounded engineers (e.g. not a team full of leetcoders), PM is just unnecessary overhead
      Mar 14
    • Salesforce Zed12
      Interesting. I haven't had the opportunity to work at a place like that, but I would definitely be interested in seeing the benefits/drawbacks. I feel like that would work well for a startup but could go poorly for a large corporation.
      Mar 14
    • New
      EMVH32

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      I’ve seen it work in a large corporation too. It means engineers have to be on their feet and have real conversations and be responsible directly to stakeholders, but it can work.
      Mar 14
    • GoDaddy 5"6 Indian
      I think that's the key point. It can work at a smaller scale but won't work for a larger company.

      Gut feel the biggest factor why it won't work for larger companies is the hiring process doesn't emphasize the "original" culture anymore
      Mar 14
    • Facebook gEKd54
      There is no magic in the work of PMs and neither is there much magic in 99% of the work of swe...

      You can have self sufficient teams without any support and you can run an outsourced team of low paid engineers with a few months training that gets the job done.

      Most high performing teams have strong members of different roles. That's the case in ALL top performing companies (and even the teams that traditionally didnt have PMs are transitioning to pm support after recognizing they are underperforming despite having some of the strongest e6+ engineers)
      Mar 14
    • AIG / Product
      Raging

      AIGProduct

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      Verify profile or GTFO!
      Mar 21
  • Wayfair str(10)
    What if I have a 1:3.5 ratio? How would I choose an option?
    Mar 148
    • Twitch highfart
      Then you should quit your current job and join a company with the given poll ratio before choosing an option.
      Mar 14
    • Wayfair / Eng
      jwxs26

      WayfairEng

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      I’m one of those 1:1, go Wayfair lol. Wouldn’t be so bad if PMs could code like at MSFT. Heck I’d take a PM who knew what an api is...
      Mar 14
    • New / ProductiTri
      Lol PMs don’t have to code, if your PM codes you aren’t doing your job. But if a Pm doesn’t know what an API is; the PM manager is doing a poor job hiring.
      Mar 14
    • AIG / Product
      Raging

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      No wonder, Wayfair is bleeding money ! 😉
      The stock about to crater in a year or so.
      Mar 21
    • Wayfair / Eng
      jwxs26

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      lol exactly, even our performance PM doesn’t have an engineering degree, too many officers (business people) not enough soldiers (Engineering, design)
      Mar 21
    • AIG / Product
      Raging

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      Do you get RSUs? Or are you working like salesforce.org ?
      Mar 21
    • Wayfair / Eng
      jwxs26

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      Yeah when I was hired everyone at Wayfair gets RSUs I think even call center folks though I heard it changed for them recently
      Mar 21
    • AIG / Product
      Raging

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      @op,
      Are you selling those RSUs in time? Or you'd have vested, paid taxes, and may realize that they're a lot less worth as CEO keeps selling every few weeks about $5M worth on an illiquid counter.
      Mar 24
  • Microsoft / Product
    Brazuka

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    Brazukamore
    Microsoft's average is around 1:3-4. Too many PMs and little proactive devs/EMs because of it.
    Mar 147
    • New
      EMVH32

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      ^^^^^ THIS !!
      Mar 14
    • Wayfair str(10)
      This is Wayfair's problem - now imagine layering in a complete lack of technical leadership (CTO and architects who have never been engineers or haven't been writing code for >10 years) and Product leadership who have never been PMs before (management consulting, business development)
      Mar 14
    • New
      EMVH32

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      Yuk.
      Mar 14
    • AIG / Product
      Raging

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      Ragingmore
      No wonder the company is not profitable and the W CEO and other insiders are selling the stock at every available window.

      #HouseOfCards

      Meltdown inevitable.
      Mar 21
    • Wayfair topUser
      I wouldn't say inevitable. You can get REALLY far managing by spreadsheet and hiring poorly.
      Mar 21
    • AIG / Product
      Raging

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      LOL 😂🤣
      Mar 21
    • AIG / Product
      Raging

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      Are you planning to sell your Wayfair RSUs? Why would you keep them when Shah(CEO) and other leaders are selling every few days?
      Mar 21
  • New / ProductiTri
    Totally agree, Microsoft’s issue is PMs have to do too much project mgmt. sometimes devs saying can you open a bug? Pls open your own damn bugs if you find a mistake in your system. So PMs become shitty project mgrs. PMs should be doing more architecture and specs and not being told to schedule meetings.Jesus if you know you need a meeting schedule it yourself I’m not your secretary. If you really need a secretary; grow to A director role and get a business admin. . Now PMs barely do competitive analysis because of all this shit. Leads to shit product.
    Mar 142
    • Wayfair str(10)
      PMs shouldn't do "architecture." They should articulate business needs and customer needs in a clear and concise enough way that engineering understands how to build the thing. It's not up to PMs to do technical designs.
      Mar 15
    • AIG / Product
      Raging

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      Msft acquired product orgs such as LinkedIn are also getting similarly bureaucratic or so I've heard.
      Mar 21
  • Verizon ucHe57
    My manager has 10 full time reports and 10 contractors
    Mar 140
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      jwxs26

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      6+ 🙄
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