Would you recommend being a PM at these Big N companies?

LogMeIn waterdrop
Apr 16 13 Comments

Title. Companies such as FB/IG, LinkedIn, Spotify, Airbnb, DBX, Square, Verizon/Oath, Uber, Salesforce, Twitter.

TL;DR: They're a junior at uni trying to transition in PM. They're interested in your exp based on the title. Also, any feedback for transitioning to PM based on their general info below is helpful too.

This is a post on behalf of a former colleague of mine who’s a junior at university. They currently don’t have a work email right now and therefore can't post. I'm not a PM so I couldn't really help them.

Some facts about the colleague for context:
-Business and Info Sys. major with 3.7 c.gpa
-Interned at MassMutual as a Project/Prod mgmt intern (minimal prod exp)
-Incoming proj mgmt intern at Prudential Financial this summer
-Lead research assistant at a HCI based research lab
-Previous summer instructor at a coding summer camp (technical coding background)
-Myers Briggs: INTJ (for the context of general personality)

If you want to talk more in detail about the colleague, or have any other questions I’m open to DMs, just be genuine, let’s not waste each other's time. Thanks for reading.

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TOP 13 Comments
  • OpenTable Meliodas
    A lot of the companies on the list won’t be interested in a PM with no experience.
    Apr 16 4
    • LogMeIn waterdrop
      OP
      The colleague is trying to get a entry level internship for context
      Apr 16
    • OpenTable Meliodas
      Oh, it’s a bit late for summer intern programs.
      Apr 16
    • LogMeIn waterdrop
      OP
      Yeah the colleague has an internship at Prudential this summer, they're trying to get a PM one for next summer so they'll probably starting applying August.
      Apr 16
    • OpenTable Meliodas
      In that case, my recommendation would be to start networking with PM’s at prospective companies now for a referral next summer.

      We don’t have an intern program for PM’s, but could, if a PM wanted to take on the load.
      Apr 16
  • Oath / Mgmt Atinlay2
    TLDR
    Apr 16 3
    • He's not a PM, otherwise he would have PRIORITIZED reader Engagement and other metrics like that.
      Apr 16
    • Oath / Mgmt Atinlay2
      Clearly
      Apr 16
    • LogMeIn waterdrop
      OP
      Haha, true. Hopefully, this is better.
      Apr 16
  • Sirius XM Yndnd
    Some companies have better training or learning opportunities for someone new to product to grow from than others. They are usually the bigger companies who have more structure and bigger training programs or funds. Unfortunately, many big companies also come with their own bad habits... bad process nobody is willing to change, unnecessary politics, too much bureaucracy to get things done. Best advice is, learn all you can from outside sources and whichever direction your friend chooses, don’t stay at one place for too long... get different experiences so you can have better perspective sooner.
    Apr 16 3
    • LogMeIn waterdrop
      OP
      Awesome, thanks for the advice, I'll relay this information.
      Apr 16
    • Yup. SiriusXM is right. BTW, sorry I cancelled your service, but not sure how you can improve that product.
      Apr 16
    • Sirius XM Yndnd
      No worries. Use Pandora instead if you want.
      Apr 16

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