Should I get an MBA?

Facebook / Other qx
Dec 6, 2018 25 Comments

I have 8 years of experience. Making $170k total comp. Current role is comms planning, but wanting to switch to product marketing. If I attempt to get an MBA, I would only target top 3, like HBS or Stanford GSB. Would it be worth it? Tuition would be $140k, opportunity cost would be $340k. Should I go for it? Or should I just find a PMM role at a smaller company then boomerang back as PMM at FB?

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  • Splunk KE94107
    It’s a lottery to get in. Tried & failed: good recommendations, near perfect GMAT score, had already worked at big well-known companies /and/ started a company that was successful enough to sell into a private-equity deal. 6 top schools all turned me down, and most of my friends who’ve tried have found similar long odds. Not impossible, but the application process is a lot of effort for a low likelihood of success.
    Dec 6, 2018 6
    • Twitch / Product CP0
      ^ if a program is making enrollment decisions based mostly on those after you've worked for 8 years, that program is pretty shitty.
      Dec 7, 2018
    • Apple Yoman1
      I am surprised by this. Never heard about something like this.
      Dec 7, 2018
    • Splunk KE94107
      Majored in EE at a well-known non-Ivy school. GPA 3.3. (Not saying name of school, anyone on LinkedIn could search on employer+school to narrow down my identity.)
      Dec 7, 2018
    • Probably because of age. It is well known that M7 particularly HSW likes them young, 27 or under (exceptions for Mormon or Military).
      Dec 7, 2018
    • Bloomberg / Eng iVX372
      @Splunk you may have been overqualified. I know someone who graduated from Dartmouth in econ and has had top Wall Street jobs ever since. She joined TPG Capital (the top private equity firm) about 3 years ago and was turned down by all top business schools sometime thereafter. She became a VP at TPG before leaving for a VP private equity position at another firm, at age 29.

      Looking at the admitted student profiles at some of these top B schools, it seems that they prefer diversity to the extent of admitting many people from non-top undergrads and non-brand name companies. Perhaps they figure that the full tuition will be paid regardless, and want to make the largest possible impact on people's lives. TBH, you would probably benefit less from a top MBA than many of the people they actually admit.
      Dec 7, 2018
  • Amazon / Ops Greenteam
    Find PMM role in FB. It’s going to be difficult but not impossible. You don’t need an expensive top MBA for that.
    Dec 6, 2018 0
  • Microsoft Wiiiiii
    Get NBA if you like basketball.
    Dec 7, 2018 0
  • IBM
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    masalamoemore
    If you can get in to one of those programs 100% go for it. Get in to consulting or finance get stupid rich and run for Senate.
    Dec 6, 2018 0
  • Twitch / Product CP0
    What was your elementary school? What was your middle school GPA? How many gold stars did you get in kindergarten?
    Dec 7, 2018 1
    • Facebook / Other qx
      OP
      Lol gamers
      Dec 7, 2018
  • Amazon Awse
    Not worth it. MBAs time is GONE...
    Dec 6, 2018 0
  • Microsoft Memegenplz
    Not worth it. Your comp is already higher than entering MBA. Look at an executive MBA program if you really want to and get work to pay for it
    Dec 7, 2018 0
  • Adobe / Mktg etvv78
    I have an MBA and currently am a PMM. An MBA helps a lot, but you might be able to convince a no name company to take a chance on you. I say try getting a PMM role in the next few months and if you’re unsuccessful, go get an MBA.
    Dec 7, 2018 0
  • Credit Karma Dbhcuvksnn
    What was your undergrad major and was it from a prestigious university?
    Dec 7, 2018 2
    • Facebook / Other qx
      OP
      Economics, Not a good school
      Dec 7, 2018
    • Credit Karma Ggt43578
      Go ahead and apply to the top programs. Branding matters, especially in non-technical roles.
      Dec 7, 2018
  • Not really sure of the value of MBA these days when SDE’s are making 500k++
    On the other hand, I plan to do an international MBA next year for “fun”.
    20++ YOE 500k+ TC (not software dev)
    Dec 7, 2018 2
    • In Japan I presume? Sophia U? Also "omoshiwai," say whaaa?
      Dec 7, 2018
    • Planning to attend MIT international MBA program as it is hybrid. Omoshiwai = “it is funny”
      Dec 7, 2018
  • Facebook supichai
    Did you join FB after college?
    Dec 7, 2018 1
    • Facebook / Other qx
      OP
      No
      Dec 7, 2018
  • Twitter Saulder
    i think u just answered ur own question.... and u already did the math..
    Dec 7, 2018 0
  • Netflix / Eng Az2H91
    What’s your expected comp as a PMM? You gave the costs but not the potential earnings.
    Dec 6, 2018 0

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