Director of Engineering vs Director of Software Engineering

New VkCl25
5d 26 Comments

I got the offer for a new position as Director of Software Engineering at a purely cloud based SaaS company. No hardware involved at all. I thought about asking to change it to Director of Engineering to keep things simple and short.

Are there any reasons outside of the “looks” that should be considered to favor one over the other?

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  • Salesforce jinyang🥡
    Really? And you said you are a director?
    5d 6
    • Salesforce jinyang🥡
      Really? And you said you are a director?
      5d
    • Amazon BananaBro
      At big companies, directors have like 100 people under them. 7 is like an engineering manager.
      5d
    • Salesforce jinyang🥡
      And directors don’t ask such stupid questions.
      5d
    • New VkCl25
      OP
      It reflects well the responsibilities involved to reach that 100 people stage. Scope and focus is beyond an Engineering Manager, so it is fitting.
      Does company size matter in terms of the title “of Engineering” vs “of Software Engineering” ?
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  • Facebook / Eng Jon B
    Why does it matter? You can put whatever you want on your LinkedIn.
    5d 3
    • New VkCl25
      OP
      To me it doesn’t, just curious if there would be any reasoning that I’m not aware of
      5d
    • Facebook / Eng Jon B
      I wouldn't notice a difference really.
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    • New VkCl25
      OP
      Thanks for your feedback, I see it the same
      5d
  • Salesforce ldaybkgfey
    How did they even hire you
    5d 3
    • New VkCl25
      OP
      Pretty standard, phone screen, coding assignment, coding interview, cultural fit through interview ladder, offer
      5d
    • Two Sigma npamxjr
      They gave a coding interview to director of engineering? Are you expected to code day to day?
      5d
    • New VkCl25
      OP
      For current team size and company stage, yes.
      5d
  • Atlassian gandola
    Tc company and YoE
    5d 2
    • New VkCl25
      OP
      160k and 9y, past 3y senior lead roles. This is first “Director” title
      5d
    • Atlassian gandola
      Ask for 200k startups do give 200k base
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  • Atlassian gandola
    Op must talking abt stealth mode startup thats why he / she is not reveling the name.
    In such startups titles do not matter. Have seen fresh college grad saying founding engineer 😆
    5d 1
    • New VkCl25
      OP
      Fair point. Interesting to see how much company size seems to matter.
      5d
  • Atlassian gandola
    I am CEO and cofounder of my life lol
    4d 1
    • Salesforce jinyang🥡
      You may be CEO, but your parents are the co-founders.
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  • Atlassian gandola
    Company?
    5d 1
    • New VkCl25
      OP
      Just under 20ppl startup. Engineering team is 7
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  • Booking.com B. Coast
    "I'm a director of engineers at my friend's garage"

    lmao op, it's a startup nobody cares you can put whatever you want on your resume, the founder will verify it (if you can get him on the phone, 5 years after the startup fails)
    4d 0
  • Snapchat mrjackson
    Director Of The Same Thing or Director of Same?
    5d 0

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