Are Program Management roles worth it in tech?

Raytheon Rasengan96
Jan 11 30 Comments

I am considering Program Management as a career path - at companies like Google, Apple, Microsoft, FB.

I have an engineering background, but am more interested in business strategy and intra-prenurial work.

#program #management #Technology #career

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  • U wanna work towards becoming non-contributing worthless member of the team?
    Jan 11 7
    • Amazon / Eng lemongras$
      I've been a PM and then switched back to dev in the last two years. PM is a difficult and thankless job that engineers shit on because they don't understand that there are things to do beyond coding.

      Honestly my mental health has improved a ton since becoming an SDE again. The emotional drain was intense.
      Jan 11
    • Panasonic USA jqpd💡
      I agree. PM (program or pedi time managers) have lots of responsibilities. Many bosses and many teams to work with. It is required different skills of collaboration and being nice, still get the work done. Note - I have never been PM. But in last project, since last 2 years i have worked closely with few and realized their load, responsibilities. They are under rated by SDEs unfortunately.
      Jan 11
  • Nike / Eng Biwv61
    Blind is heavily biased towards software engineers which often don't have a great relationship with PM's. So I would take everything you hear here with a grain of salt.
    Jan 11 1
    • Raytheon Rasengan96
      OP
      Yea I know.
      Program Managers are actually very good high visibility roles. You get to see how the business runs.

      The follow on question would be do they move up the ladder due to more visibility?
      Jan 11
  • Don’t do it unless you cannot code
    Jan 11 2
  • Kaiser Permanente / Product 999JW
    To the engineers in here what would make a PM great in your eyes? All I ever see is how engineers in particular say they are useless.
    Jan 11 5
    • Okay. Reading it again, they didn't specify either.

      But I chose to read it as "what can a PM do to not be called useless". I agree ur reading can be just as valid as mine.
      Jan 11
    • Kaiser Permanente / Product 999JW
      @Bellatrix I personally feel I am aware of what can be done in that role to be great but I come from a non-engineer perspective, so my question is to gain insight from the engineers POV. From my past experience learning and hearing out from all sides makes people respective of the value everybody brings, and helps those pick up the slack or fill in the holes where need be.
      Jan 11
  • F5 Networks RRA
    Worth it if you use it as a stepping stone to something.
    Jan 11 3
    • F5 Networks RRA
      Engineering management.
      Jan 11
    • LinkedIn UiUw57
      Every team needs to have someone to throw under the bus.
      Jan 11
  • Amazon techbro123
    you might be in meetings all day
    Jan 11 2
    • PayPal kbDQ88
      Yea , as program mngr you’re the dedicated meetings note taker
      Jan 11
    • Amazon techbro123
      yeah i just feel the skillset for PM makes you more replaceable than say a coder
      Jan 11
  • PayPal kbDQ88
    Depends on the company, you’re just going to be contributing to annoyances by asking for deliverables. It’s necessary sometimes, but do you want to be that person?
    Jan 11 2
    • Raytheon Rasengan96
      OP
      I guess someone has to?
      Jan 11
    • PayPal kbDQ88
      Oh yep not to knock against it, just not for me. Coming from a technical background, program management, depending on the company can either be full milestone tracking and prioritizing without domain knowledge, or small mix of both. Just clarify on the interview
      Jan 11
  • Rockwell Collins engineer.u
    From my experience in Aerospace, program management is the next step up the ladder and are considered more influential and have a lot more respect. After interviewing in tech I quickly realized that’s not the case at all. The one thing to consider though, if you ever want to into another industry and rest and vest, PM could be a good avenue to do that.
    Jan 11 0

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