What is the best career if you want to move back to India?

Neurocrine h61cs9
Sep 2 35 Comments

What roles pay the highest in India, given similar experience?

Also, from my understanding, India values MBA more than MS. Is it better to do an MBA and then return to India (but that would be so much debt)?

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  • Google burnItDown
    What do you mean by India values MBA more? As a country?

    Opportunities wise, you’re much better off as a Software Engineer if you have a strong skill set.
    Sep 2 5
    • Neurocrine h61cs9
      OP
      Better opportunity for those with mba degrees. They get paid higher, is what I guessed. IIM, ISB, FMS - graduates from good mba schools in India take up managerial positions and get paid higher. They also don't always need to be on top of the game (like LC for engineering positions or ML for data scientists), so moving around is easier. Correct me if I am wrong.
      Sep 2
    • Google burnItDown
      I have friends who’ve graduated from IIMs and earn way lesser than software engineers at Uber, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Amazon, Google etc.

      To earn top salaries as an MBA grad is harder than earning top salaries as a SWE.

      For instance - many companies offered 30+ base for new grad SWE in India. Unless you’re top 5% of the class in IIMs you won’t get that base in India.

      But of course, if you’re an average SWE, you’d earn much lesser.
      Sep 2
    • Neurocrine h61cs9
      OP
      Do you mean an average swe earns higher than an average mba person (let's say a consultant at McKinsey or product manager at Flipkart or program manager at Amazon because those are the jobs that MBAs get into)?
      Sep 2
    • Google burnItDown
      No.
      You could be top 10% SWE in the industry that’s over populated with low talent and high demand and earn more than top 10% MBA from IIM/FMS/XLRI - I’m including the Goldman Sachs, Flipkart, McK, PwC profiles
      Sep 2
    • Neurocrine h61cs9
      OP
      I don't want to compare the top 10% because I know that's not where I am. I would rather compare median values to assess my risks and think about next career moves.
      Sep 2
  • Amazon qxYV43
    SWE skills are more valuable than MBA. A colleuge of mine joined as Program Manager L5 with 3 YoE and MBA from FMS. I would take 2-3 years to get promoted from L4 to L5. Also, tech salaries are generally higher and non tech ones, for same level
    Sep 2 2
    • Neurocrine h61cs9
      OP
      Insightful. What classifies as a tech role - software engineer, data scientist/analytics, ML scientist? And the non tech roles would mean program manager, product managers, business development? Is that correct?
      Sep 2
    • Amazon buzwabok89
      Amazon has a classification - PTM vs PM( program manager)
      PM(product manager) vs PMT

      In Amazon tech roles get a higher salary

      However doing an MBA does not bar you from tech roles if you have a tech background
      Sep 2
  • Apple Shouldyou?
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    Sep 2 0
  • Facebook PKMKB_1
    Software engineer and get a job building the next generation of signaling software for the Navy of India.

    The weapons systems of navy airforce and army need to be integrated.
    Sep 2 6
    • Facebook PKMKB_1
      Op is an indian citizen.
      Sep 2
    • Microsoft mmddyyy
      So your (serious?) suggestion is to move to India, apply for a job in navy, go through training (which is not a Silicon Valley style boot camp) and then work on remote ships?
      Sep 2
    • Facebook PKMKB_1
      Don’t really have time or crayons to explain this to a microsoftie.

      1. Move to India
      2. Apply for a swe gig at reliance defense or some other contractor
      3. Work on the combined arms system for the ins vikrant ii

      You’re a real fucking idiot mmddyyy. No country in the world worth its salts has people building weapons systems in service itself. Even america does it this way.
      Sep 2
    • Facebook PKMKB_1
      Also tc and yoe or gtfo

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      Sep 2
    • Microsoft mmddyyy
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      Sep 2
  • Amazon buzwabok89
    May be you should move back first then decide ( I am in the same boat) doing an MBA from US and moving back to India is not a good move IMHO ...because the cost is too high and you won't get an equivalent benefit in India ...

    Plus Tech has some good salaries too ...I second the opinion that techies/tech managers in Amazon, Google Flipkart would be making more (at least similar) to other IIM ISB folks
    Sep 2 6
    • Amazon buzwabok89
      I meant I am in the same boat in terms of moving back to India. I am clear that I am not doing an MBA (atleast in the US) ...I feel that I would have enough money and more money would not make things better...but that's just me
      Sep 2
    • Neurocrine h61cs9
      OP
      Yes MBA in US is not a good idea, especially if you want to move back. It's a lot of debt. But if I move back, I don't want to be at a disadvantage because I don't have an MBA as compared to ISB FMS folks in India. But reading the responses here, it doesn't feel that way.

      What are your timelines of moving back or are you just evaluating your options, like me?
      Sep 2
    • Amazon buzwabok89
      2021 ..not doing MBA for sure from here ... Not evaluating any options either ...just saving money ...put in a balanced fund ...and chill in India... Amazon pays quite well ...but that's just me again
      Sep 2
    • Neurocrine h61cs9
      OP
      Good to hear that. Will you be retiring then? Do you have a family/kids here?
      Sep 2
    • Amazon buzwabok89
      No plans of immediate retirement :) ... I feel that there has to be some work to be happy ...I plan on taking more sabbaticals though to balance things ( not sure how it will pan out) ...no kids as well ... Childfree for life...family - yes ...wife and parents and in-laws ...you know how the whole family deal is in India
      Sep 3
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    Sep 2 2
    • Workday / Product tdf
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    • Facebook PKMKB_1
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    Politician.
    Sep 2 0
  • Amazon kwvRg6
    Software Engineering but in an India-based product company, having no clients in a ridiculous time zone. Looking at the laid-back culture of working here in US, Indian engineers are working 2x for one-fifth of the salary, that too adjusting to US time zone for meetings.
    Sep 2 1
    • Neurocrine h61cs9
      OP
      Is that universal? I see a lot of FB, Amazon, and apple folks here as well working long hours, people are constantly worried about increasingly high bars of interviews, a fear of being laid off, and constant visa issues (if that applies). Given all that, can't say about you but I am super middle class in the US.

      The point about time zone meetings is definitely true. I am not sure about the other points. India also comes with the perks of labor affordability which gives me back some time, unlike here where I plan my meals everyday or eat out which ain't healthy or financially-wise.
      Sep 2
  • Workday / Product tdf
    VC 😂
    Sep 2 1
    • Neurocrine h61cs9
      OP
      Let's be real 😂
      Sep 2
  • Microsoft mmddyyy
    What is your goal? 9-5 job? More flexibility?
    Sep 2 0