Senior product manager vs Staff product manager Walmart

Wayfair Vbbk01
Jun 28 17 Comments

Hi I am interviewing for different roles in Walmart Sunnyvale and was wondering what's the difference between these two roles. Appreciate the help

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  • Workday / Product amg!
    Staff is usually one step above Senior. Also known as Group or Lead elsewhere.
    Jun 28 3
    • Walmart.com / Product lore
      ^^ fake news .. confirm with the recruiter if you're interviewing at level 5. In customer experience org, senior= level 5. In Engg org, staff = level 5.

      Also, level 6 = group PM .. So we have that position as well
      Jun 28
    • Workday / Product amg!
      lol fake news it seems. 😂
      Jun 28
    • Walmart.com / Product whyserious
      Lore is right. Depending upon the team, level 5 is senior or staff. Staff PM is an actual position. Some teams have senior PMs at level 4. Just make sure you are going at level 5. One below principal.
      Jun 29
  • Walmart.com CoolDb
    It depends on which vertical is hiring you.
    Some verticals have
    L4 - Product Managers
    L5 - Senior Product Manager
    L6 - Principal/ Group Product Manager

    Other verticals have
    L4 - Senior Product Manager
    L5 - Staff Product Manager
    L6 - Principal/ Group Product Manager

    Check with the recruiter whether it's for L4 or L5.
    Jun 29 0
  • Wayfair Vbbk01
    OP
    So does that mean staff and Senior PM is the same role
    Jun 28 5
    • Jet LKJHHH
      Nope. Staff sounds like some fake engineering product role. L5 is Sr Prod Mgr. L6 is GPM.
      Jun 28
    • Wayfair Vbbk01
      OP
      What does fake engineering product role mean? I 🤔
      Jun 28
    • Jet LKJHHH
      Engineering team hiring a PM. It happens. Run away.
      Jun 28
    • Wayfair Vbbk01
      OP
      Sorry for multiple questions. engineering team looking for a PM that's weird. Why should I run away?
      Jun 28
    • GrubHub f7gwj9
      It’s not a product role
      Jun 28
  • Walmart.com HKFP47
    If you want to be in pure product , only opt for senior . staff is more or like treated as scrum master or program manager.
    Jun 29 2
    • JCPenney / Product RvcE20
      My understanding was Sr -> Staff -> Group. Is that not the case?
      Jun 29
    • Walmart.com rand.randm
      There is a mess up in levels and they are normalizing it now. L5 is Sr Product in some teams and and Staff in some where normalization has happened.
      Jun 29
  • Wayfair Vbbk01
    OP
    Thanks all for great tips and clarifications
    Jun 30 0
  • Walmart.com rand.randm
    Staff is L5 in engineering ladder , in PM ladder L5 is Sr. They are changing it though. Staff PM is same as Sr PM
    Jun 28 0
  • Wayfair Vbbk01
    OP
    I mean they have the position listed on the website. Is it just a different external title for a Senior PM role
    Jun 28 0