Value of MBA?

Georgia-Pacific / Eng kCDm78
Nov 11, 2017 16 Comments

I'm a network engineer, and I'm curious how much value an MBA would add to my career. I'm in the National Guard, so between the National Guard in my employer, I am able to go at no cost. However, it is a lot of time and effort to invest, so I would not want to do so if it were not of much value. I'm thinking down the road, c-level jobs. Any experience or guidance you could offer?

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  • Salesforce / Eng
    PennyWise

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    PennyWisemore
    Please don’t spend 6 figures for an MBA only to return to engineering as a individual contributor. I have yet to meet a engineer + mba that ever capitalize on the MBA portion.
    Nov 11, 2017 5
    • Microsoft golantrevi
      Nadella, pichai, tim cook, shantanu narayen all engg + mba
      Nov 11, 2017
    • Oracle
      Deckard300

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      Deckard300more
      But did they do executive MBA? That works differently than a 2 year conventional program
      Nov 11, 2017
    • Amazon / Ops Hysterical
      Only Nadella is executive MBA.
      Nov 12, 2017
    • Salesforce / Eng
      PennyWise

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      PennyWisemore
      I am pretty sure Nadella and Tim Cook didn’t get there because of their MBA. The MBA helped get the job done but didn’t get them the job.
      Nov 12, 2017
    • Oracle
      Deckard300

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      Deckard300more
      I have seen quite a few managers do well, reach high levels without MBA. I suppose the mentor ship and trainings /offsites at the company help.

      I was considering MBA myself (conventional 2 year) but decided otherwise since ROI did not quite match up considering the experience I could get at the job and losing two years of my current salary along with MBA fee. Also, I am in my 30s now, would be on the older side of spectrum.

      Perhaps an executive MBA in a few years...
      Nov 12, 2017
  • CoreLogic / Product
    Asiandude

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    Asiandudemore
    MBAs are squat in comparison to shipping big shit.
    Nov 11, 2017 2
    • Uber / Eng
      Rqwx5o

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      Rqwx5omore
      That's right. You gotta shit the big ships or at least squat
      Nov 12, 2017
    • Oracle
      Deckard300

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      Deckard300more
      And look at Uber for inspiration on shitting big ships.
      Nov 12, 2017
  • Microsoft hug
    Increases your skills and market value and job opportunities. Mba from a good school prepares you for the c suite
    Nov 11, 2017 0
  • Georgia-Pacific / Eng kCDm78
    OP
    The school I got my BS is Liberty University. They also offer military tuition rates, making it affordable. Would you consider it to be valuable? Or no?
    Nov 11, 2017 1
    • Uber GMie27
      No. I would prefer a MSCS in top 15.
      Nov 11, 2017
  • Intel gpdshdcrd
    If you do not go to a top 10 school then it does not matter where you go. 5 years after you leave school the only people that care are the ones that happened to have attended the one you went to. If your not going into finance or some group that likes pedigrees not sure an MBA is worth more than a Masters in some Science 🔬.
    Nov 11, 2017 0
  • Salesforce / Other
    RodC7

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    RodC7more
    It does open up a longer road for you. Specially if you don’t have to invest out of pocket, the time and leaning will be worth it. Definitely go for one of the tier 1 school though.
    Nov 11, 2017 0
  • Cisco LsGW58
    If it is no cost and you can get into at least top 15, go for it. It will open up lots of opportunities for you in the long run.
    Nov 11, 2017 0