I am an engineer with 10yoe as SWE (infra SWE) as well as a manager. I have been in early startups where I grew and managed teams of 2-6 people for interesting projects, some with incredible deadlines and super crazy requirements. At the same time, I also like technical work, I have been in the front line many times, am listed in several patents, opinionated about tech, write code as much as I can, read programming books in my free time, ...
Here is the thing: I am burned out in my current company and would like to apply to a FAANG. The Google recruiter told me I can apply as a SWE or Manager due to my resume experience.
I like technical work and would like to stay technical but, as I am approaching my mid-30s I wonder if I should be more strategical and officially have my managerial career take off, by either trying for a manager at faang or a director at a growing startup or tier 3 company, with the hope of being some VP in 10 years rather than a “super duper principal engineer”.
As I look online, it seems like software engineers with decades of experience are a liability these days, for the most part salaries for ICs don’t scale as well as managers. Getting 500k as IC is a pretty sweet deal and almost impossible outside faang, getting that as a manager with some experience is more common, and as a director is cheap.
In short, I am terrified of ageism, as waves of young engineers keep flooding the market.
I completely shield teams from bullshit, and I always give all credits to the team, especially to the more introvert good performing engineers. I routinely go to my skip managers and praise to them people in my team for specific accomplishments, giving them and their work visibility.
I also mentor them, I taught many engineers how to grow harder balls and learn to say no to unreasonable requests, as well as taught more selfish engineers how to become more generous towards juniors and poor performers. I have a very assertive personality so people seem to like listening to my advice.
Why is Blind always so negative, always in offense mode... chill my friend. I asked a question and you don’t have to reply just to be an ass.