What companies will consider me for PM?

Cisco IQVm25
May 27, 2018 11 Comments

I graduated in 2016 and am SDE2 at an SF tech company (not Cisco, a little better). I have built features on my own, started a business in college that had 5-figure revenue, also done (somewhat) substantial side projects.

I want to transition into PM at FANG or a unicorn, but my CS degree (bachelor of arts) is from a no name liberal arts school. Do I need to go back for an MIS/MBA at Berkeley or something to achieve what I want?

I was also thinking of lateral move to a decent company (sub-FANG) then working my way up to FANG. This would shield me from the substantial opportunity cost of doing school full time again. However, it may have a lower chance of long term success since I have no brand names on my resume.

Cal will cost ~30k in state, and I lose a salary of $150k/year which is really just 100k after taxes. I do not plan on receiving assistance from my parents for school.

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TOP 11 Comments
  • New / Eng Scarn
    Curious to know, why go for fang if u have ability to generate 5 figure rev on side projects...just do that more
    May 27, 2018 5
    • Microsoft ryML78
      No kidding....fashion statement??
      May 27, 2018
    • New / Eng ++
      That side business may not scale. For example: SEO consulting for 30 hours a week with $1k of sales a month. There is a reason OP went for SWE
      May 27, 2018
    • Cisco IQVm25
      OP
      Exactly ^^ business did not scale and we got competed out. we were the first to offer a product and after a while competitors brought better products to squeeze us out. It was a great way to pay for study abroad, not a great way to make a living.
      May 27, 2018
    • Cisco IQVm25
      OP
      Also, 5 figure rev is nothing. I want to go to fang to learn (in a safer environment, I have no financial support from family).

      I did SWE because I knew I could not fall back on my college degree or network (at time of graduation), and wasn’t ready to pass the bar for APM roles.
      May 27, 2018
    • Microsoft IronSlug
      Five figure might mean $10 000 a year
      May 27, 2018
  • PayPal vdAR66
    I went to cal for my mba and it’s not 30k
    May 27, 2018 2
    • Cisco IQVm25
      OP
      How much did you pay
      May 27, 2018
    • PayPal vdAR66
      ~120, you can google the tuition today
      May 29, 2018
  • Microsoft / Eng roj
    One way is to use your network. Another way would be to start MBA and find an internship, make a good network. Another way is to start as a contractor.
    May 27, 2018 0
  • Microsoft ryML78
    Why do you think you need a masters at all to work for a FANG???
    May 27, 2018 0