Non-technical members of blind, what do you do?

Nov 26, 2018 311 Comments

I'm seeing mostly SWEs and data scientists on here. Would love to hear more stories from non-technical members. Job market insights, interviewing experiences and obviously TC if you're comfortable sharing that.

How did you get your current role? Do you like it? What sucks about your company, what do you love about it? How much demand do you think there is in the market for your skills?

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  • U.S. Dpt. of Veterans Affairs / Other 😃😄😃meh
    Nurse practitioner. TC 180. In the lowest paying healthcare system in the Bay Area. I stay because I feel like my healthcare system care more about the patient than other hospital systems.

    New registered nurses make 160-180k in private hospitals, and registered nurses with a few years of experience (2-5 yoe) make 180-240k in private hospitals. If they do overtime, I have heard of RNs earning close to 300k but those are the workaholic ones. Nurse practitioners make 200k+ in private hospitals. Market is hot and if you get into a state hospital, the pension plan is 70% of the pay. TC is all cash and no one really worries about job securities.

    This TC is mainly in the Bay Area though because of high cost of living. I have heard of people flying into SF to work a few weeks of the month and return to their home state to chill the rest of the time.
    Nov 26, 2018 13
    • U.S. Dpt. of Veterans Affairs / Other 😃😄😃meh
      Quality of life is dependent on what you do. Most NPs work office hours and depending on your role, some might do 4 days a week with remote component and some do 8-4 M-F. There are NPs who do 12hr shifts so they have days off and can take vacation every month without using PTO.

      RNs work 8hr or 12hr shifts so depending on hospital and role so they can be working M-F or half of the week. If the hospital allows you to schedule when you work, as a RN you technically can have a vacation every month for a week.

      Quality of life is as flexible as you want it to be haha.
      Nov 27, 2018
    • U.S. Dpt. of Veterans Affairs / Other 😃😄😃meh
      East coast is a little funny. What kind of NP is she? Doctorate as in DNP or PhD? The DNP is pretty useless for clinical roles. But she can go into hospital admin with DNP and certain roles do pay that. And then she can climb up and make more.

      Since NY is also a high cost area, it might be plausible she will start around 150k. In the south east, they start around 100k and the south east is very very cheap to live. 100k in the southeast is equal to 180k in SF. Finding Np jobs in a good healthcare system as a new NP is also tricky in saturated markets. Hope she went to a good school with a good network.
      Nov 27, 2018
  • IBM
    chad.

    IBM

    PRE
    Blue Origin
    chad.more
    Sales. TC 370k
    I started out in engineering.
    Nov 26, 2018 11
    • Uber lol11
      Is there a leetcode for sales?
      Nov 26, 2018
    • A good CRM is the leetcode of sales
      Nov 27, 2018
  • Amazon / Mktg
    pkwD00

    Amazon Mktg

    PRE
    Microsoft
    pkwD00more
    I am responsible for arranging “female company” for execs coming in from out of town.
    Nov 26, 2018 10
    • Amazon / Design Fruitless
      PkwD00 instead of participating in smut be the change
      Nov 27, 2018
    • Haha which group is this ?
      Nov 27, 2018
  • Amazon / Product xiwu58
    I am a PdM in Supply Chain... 10+ yrs of experience...my day job involves listening to SDEs about how the requirements are not clear.... and telling their managers how the only way to make them clearer is to write the code myself... night job is to occasionally read on blind about 1. how every SDE irrespective of their pay, YOE or general talent or skill set is the most awesome gift to humankind... and 2. how they are not being paid enough or how they don’t get the right perquisites like free food, toilet paper from Gucci and kitchen towels from Armani.... in my free time I handle a lesser diva...my two year old daughter
    Nov 26, 2018 2
    • New dUNA71
      "requirements are not detailed enough!" -> add details -> "requirements are too prescriptive, let us do our job!"
      Nov 27, 2018
    • Paychex / Eng Rnub16
      Killing it! Those Millennials...hahaha.
      Dec 9, 2018
  • Microsoft MMKy42
    According to the technical people of Blind, nothing.
    Nov 26, 2018 2
    • Microsoft / Product
      Brazuka

      Microsoft Product

      PRE
      Bain & Company
      Brazukamore
      Hahahaahshahahahahah
      Nov 26, 2018
    • Market Track pIxL65
      Too real
      Nov 26, 2018
  • New / HR
    andrewsauc

    New HR

    BIO
    Tech recruiter @indeed
    andrewsaucmore
    Here as a tech recruiter from indeed. I’m here in hopes of nabbing one of you guys!
    Nov 26, 2018 9
    • Amazon / Design Fruitless
      There are barely any principal designers and the UX Vp left. It needs get a tad more mature
      Nov 28, 2018
    • Flagged by the community.

  • BSA in finance and accounting domain. Base salary is 145k. Love the job as I get to work on erp and use accounting/finance skills to help accounting teams scale by delivering automated solutions.

    Ms in accounting and mba in finance from education perspective. 6yoe

    No complaints..
    Nov 26, 2018 8
    • Amazon <‘><
      How many YOE?
      Nov 28, 2018
    • Glassdoor Wikistix
      <‘>< Uber or for our role? We’re looking for 5-7
      Nov 28, 2018
  • Boeing / Ops Airbus
    PM/scheduling with 3 yoe. TC is probably half of FAANG eng.. I think the job is okay but theres much more human interaction involved with nontech roles and its draining if you are introvert like myself. Demand for nontech role is pretty stable and at least for Boeing, you can jump into different business roles like supply chin, operation, finance, PM etc. But if I can go back, I would study computer science or related
    Nov 26, 2018 5
    • Boeing / Ops Airbus
      Spot on UT guy
      Nov 26, 2018
    • Bloomberg / Eng idFR43
      Never too late. The amount of quality, free online courses these days is amazing - combined with a formal CS degree being worth less and less (in terms of getting the interview). I'm self taught and for a while I felt like it was a disadvantage, but I pick up new technologies quicker than those around me and I believe "learning to learn" is the most important skill.
      Nov 26, 2018
  • Facebook public2
    We rely on swe feeling superior so you won't get a lot of answers here. Might ruin the illusion.
    Nov 26, 2018 1
    • Facebook / Product Worldy
      Lol
      Nov 26, 2018
  • New / Mgmt
    Trisis

    New Mgmt

    PRE
    Palo Alto Networks, FireEye
    BIO
    Cybersecurity
    Trisismore
    I am a former tech sales guy who started and sold a few websites while slanging widgets and software and then decided to start a recruiting firm in a very niche area of cyber security. (Industrial Cybersecurity). I could go forever on job market insights, but feel free to PM me or ask any questions...

    As far as demand for my skills....well, my skills are pretty simple and the things we do well maybe aren't "skills" in the traditional sense. One we know our clients business and space better than most out there. We are true students of the space we work... Two, we don't focus on resume keywords or certs. Lastly, we fucking communicate. Good and bad news. Honestly.

    But other than that, I think we take a generally very proactive and transparent approach to talent acquisition in an extremely niche but booming part of Cybersecurity. We HUNT like hell but we spend the rest of our time actually talking to people instead of searching for keywords we like to see.

    As far as compensation, I will be a tad shy of $750k as Managing Partner and Founder, as I've been very fortunate to have earned the business of some "named account" clients most in here know, as well as some earlier stage companies who are killing it right now. Plus the space doesn't hurt not to mention so many absolutely terrible recruiters out there we get to replace.. : )

    But at the end of the day, I absolutely love my job. I humbly can say we've been blessed to have pick and choose who we partner with and for the time being it has worked out.
    Nov 26, 2018 6
    • New / Mgmt
      Trisis

      New Mgmt

      PRE
      Palo Alto Networks, FireEye
      BIO
      Cybersecurity
      Trisismore
      As far as what Industrial Cyber guys make, it really depends on the role. Were you asking from a technical, sales, leadership perspective?

      And the background is varied, but on the technical side I'd say someone with a solid understanding of networking in general. Routers, switches, firewalls etc. But really more LAN than WAN. Someone who can get on the command line but not a Linux admin level. Just basic stuff. Security piece is definitely important. Doing things like network segmentation, understanding IDS, and experience working with different tools like Wireshark, Splunk, Nessus, etc. Then thing like the ability to get into an individual packet is crucial as well. Basically if you were given a set of PCAPs and set of questions, can you figure them out.

      And finally the unicorn would be someone who has experience in an industrial environment, and especially someone who knows the different OT or ICS protocols. Oil and gas, electric utility, production or manufacturing, water, nuclear, etc.
      Nov 27, 2018
    • New / Mgmt
      Trisis

      New Mgmt

      PRE
      Palo Alto Networks, FireEye
      BIO
      Cybersecurity
      Trisismore
      And in regards to what our clients look for, we absolutely look at other folks other than engineers. The fact is this talent pool is so small and their is such a need, our clients have to train up to fill gaps.

      The ones with experience in security on the IT and OT side are, and I'm not exaggerating, commanding their own salaries right now. It's absolutely insane.

      So definitely a good time to get involved
      Nov 27, 2018

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