product management or techical role?

New cucu
Nov 12 11 Comments

hey, I’m currently a CS student. has anyone sudied CS and ended up in PM?

what is the path for a PM? (career progression) would this experience help one in running a company later in life?

what is the TC compared to, say, SWE?

are PMs looked down upon by engineers?

i am good at computer science and programming, but don’t have much professional experience. i happen to have plenty of project management, leadership experience compared to others my age.

could really use some advice

UPDATE: the reason for this post is Google sending me an interview invite for a PM role i randomly applied for. i’ve applied to SW positions in the past and never got an inverview

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  • New / Product
    MBBFAANG

    New Product

    BIO
    Not a 🍌
    MBBFAANGmore
    Yes I went from CS to PM and regretted it.
    Nov 12 4
    • New cucu
      OP
      What was the main reason for regretting it?
      Nov 12
    • Amazon / QA
      qam

      Amazon QA

      PRE
      Motorola Mobility (a Lenovo Company), Veeva, Proteus Digital Health
      qammore
      Would like to know too
      Nov 12
    • Axtria BabyKoala
      🍿
      Nov 12
    • New / Product
      MBBFAANG

      New Product

      BIO
      Not a 🍌
      MBBFAANGmore
      I went into CS and not Mgmt for a reason. Because I love that way of systemic thinking and I liked programming.

      I lost my technical edge over time and became just one of the thousands of business focused PMs out there. Anyone with an MBA is a business PM.

      If I was starting over again I would (knowing how much I like CS) I would do the following:
      1. Only take on technical PM roles
      2. Get mentors who stayed technical even as they climbed the ranks
      3. Maintain some side projects where I can keep my programming skills more current
      4. Don’t be ambivalent about career trajectory and don’t prioritize TC all the time
      Nov 12
  • Presidio WxUF30
    I was a developer that became a PM, you don't get looked down on so to speak, but devs, engineers, dbas, etc are all very wary of you at first because most have had bad experiences with PMs. This is mostly because there aren't enough technical PMs, most come from a business background and don't take the time to learn anything about how coding or migrations or deployments actually work. So you do, initially, deal with difficulty until you prove yourself to your team. From my experience, 6 years as a PM now, if you work hard for your team, get to know them, go to bat for them agaisnt ridiculous requests, timelines, etc you'll earn their respect. More importantly you'll need to know how to politely tell people internally (sales, management, etc.) and externally ( customers, VP level personnel) that their request may or may not work, why it might not and provide a solid solution. Remember, most people only think they know what they want, question is can you be persuasive enough to show them what they are really looking for?
    Nov 12 0
  • Samsung
    chajimogo2

    Samsung

    BIO
    Stressed out but surviving
    chajimogo2more
    I didn’t study CS but learned and did web based front end programming back in the early 2000s, then did release engineering and transitioned to product management.

    Pay wise SWEs are almost always a higher band at most companies. Exception is maybe Facebook but then pay scale in the last few years have shifted towards the core technical roles.

    PMs are a thankless bunch. As a pm I deal with all the administrative headaches and the team will always get the credit whether they deserve it or not. When shit hits the fan the PM gets all the blame.

    In retrospect I wish I continue to develop deeper front end coding skills and then start picking up backend to become full stack than wasting me time on other roles that now pay less.

    Don’t do it unless you really don’t want to code
    Nov 12 0
  • MACOM FEtk32
    People , who are technical and grow into managing projects and products do a much better job and have a better chance of career progression. My 2 cents .
    Nov 12 0
  • OpenTable Meliodas
    Junior PM’s are looked down upon, because they don’t have experience. Good PM’s with experience aren’t looked down upon.
    Nov 12 1
    • Presidio WxUF30
      That's because good PMs with experience have already proven or know how to quickly prove themselves
      Nov 12
  • New cucu
    OP
    TC around £25k
    Nov 12 0

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