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Re: Technology Careers for MBAs [#permalink] New post 17 Oct 2010, 01:29
It's actually not as complicated as you're listing. MOST MBAs, no matter which school you go to and generally no matter how many years exp you have, unless you came from the same industry and are going back to the same industry, start off as product managers, product marketing, or an entry level strategy/biz dev position. some go into accelerated leadership development program, but they're generally around the product manager level too.

I don't know of anyone who switched industries/careers who got in at a different level than others because of their years of experience or age.

ballubalraj wrote:
Thanks for useful information you guys have provided.

kryzak,

Could you please let us know typically what roles people get on the tech companies? I beleieve the roles may vary based on individual's experience too. If that is the case, then it would be good if it can be broadly broken up into couple of buckets. For ex:

Hardware comp:
3-6 years exp: X1 role
7-10 years exp: Y1 role

software comp:
3-6 years exp: X2 role
7-10 years exp: Y2 role

IT Consulting comp:
3-6 years exp: X3 role
6-10 years exp: Y3 role

MC company (Tech roles):
3-6 years exp: X4 role
6-10 years exp: Y4 role

(Age and roles would be indicative)

If that is too much to ask for, a high level detail on the roles would also help.

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Re: Technology Careers for MBAs [#permalink] New post 17 Oct 2010, 20:27
kryzak wrote:
It's actually not as complicated as you're listing.


Thanks Kryzak, it makes my life simpler.

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MOST MBAs, no matter which school you go to and generally no matter how many years exp you have, unless you came from the same industry and are going back to the same industry



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I don't know of anyone who switched industries/careers who got in at a different level than others because of their years of experience or age.



I am curious to know - what does drive a person's post MBA role if he/she goes back to same industry from which he/she came? Previous roles & responsibilities would matter a lot, I guess.
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I am curious to know - what does drive a person's post MBA role if he/she goes back to same industry from which he/she came? Previous roles & responsibilities would matter a lot, I guess.


You pretty much nailed it. Let's say you were a level 3 person (hypothetical situation with made up levels) before you left for MBA. You come back from MBA, you probably will get a job in level 4, or higher if you were a high performer before you left or were already nearing level 4.

I mean, these things will fluctuate a lot depending on the company and specific industry in tech, so it's hard to generalize. Safe to say, if you're returning to the same industry with an MBA, you generally can either expect to be put in a managerial role (if you were individual contributor before) or go one level up from before if you were already a manager.
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Re: Technology Careers for MBAs [#permalink] New post 18 Oct 2010, 20:31
Thanks Kryzak. +1 for this useful information.
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Re: Technology Careers for MBAs [#permalink] New post 06 Nov 2010, 08:36
hey all,

please find a link below to know about the leadership/rotational programs available at tech companies. It includes firms from other sectors too. I stumbled on it today and thought of sharing with you all:

http://globthink.com/2009/10/04/rotatio ... s-for-mba/

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Re: Technology Careers for MBAs [#permalink] New post 07 Nov 2010, 22:15
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hey all,

please find a link below to know about the leadership/rotational programs available at tech companies. It includes firms from other sectors too. I stumbled on it today and thought of sharing with you all:

http://globthink.com/2009/10/04/rotatio ... s-for-mba/

-time4writingapplications:)


Thanks time4mba.

Could someone please explain about these programs? Are they offered as full time job post MBA?
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Re: Technology Careers for MBAs [#permalink] New post 02 Dec 2010, 01:31
I am interested in product development for technology driven products & work for companies like Ideo. A program like Management innovation & product development.

Could someone throw some light on such careers & recruitments ?
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Re: Technology Careers for MBAs [#permalink] New post 03 Dec 2010, 06:44
I have some questions.

Why do you need an MBA to continue as a PM in a Tech Company to another technology role in a technology company.

Would the Adcom not find it weird that you want to do an MBA to move say from a programmer to a PM or a PM to a some other role in the same field.

I mean it would make sense to say you want an MBA to switch from a Tech role to some Business Development role in a Tech company, but even that would be hard to justify.

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Re: Technology Careers for MBAs [#permalink] New post 04 Dec 2010, 05:20
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I didn't look into the mobile areas, but Samsung recruited heavily at Haas and took two people full time to do a 2 year rotational leadership program in their global strategy group.

They will work 1 year in Korea to learn the ropes, and then one year moving around the world to help Samsung's global offices. I suspect Nokia will have something like that.
Samsung is actually pretty decentralized. Every Samsung group operates as a separate business unit. Samsung GSG program is actually a consulting gig. If you are interested in mobile, Samsung Telecommunications (not to be confused with Samsung Electronics) is the group you need to look at. However, Samsung Telecommunications' MBA recruitting is fairly new, probably started last year, so the internship/full-time job is very unstructured. The bulk of the opportunity is in Dallas area, and the job provides excellent work/life balance. The downside is the pay/responsibility is not on-par with typical top-tier MBA jobs. This may change as the program becomes more developed.
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Re: Technology Careers for MBAs [#permalink] New post 29 Dec 2010, 18:32
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Having no tech background and no work experience in tech:

By far the toughest route, but not impossible.


I fall into the above category and am in need of some keen advice. I live, breathe, eat, and love tech--and want to make a career in it. My goal is to make a transition into a Product Management role at a tech company (and to ultimately, after enough experience, begin a tech start-up of my own).

However, I have ZERO tech background. I went from B.A. in Business Administration straight into marketing internship @ a residential contractor>then to a small e-business (sold pet supplies to consumers via the web)>to paper pushing at WELLS FARGO>and finally to real estate investment/sales (more or less speculation, actually) at a very small firm--where I currently work (at age 27).

TWO questions:

(1) Specifically, would my e-commerce experience count as "tech" experience? It was online-retail but I wasn't coding the website or anything. I was doing a little of everything; from customer relations, to order tracking, to monitoring supplies, to monitoring the website (and calling the host if it went down), to ordering products....to maintaining product pipelines, etc.

And (2) If I fail to be admitted into an MBA program this year, I will want to strengthen my application for next year by building real solid tech industry experience in the interim. Given my background, where and how can I begin to get tech experience? I really have no idea where to start searching. I know my prospects are probably quite low.


(My tech interests, if it helps you, are more on the hardware side; broadly-speaking I'm interested in the holistic design-process and implementation of a tech product. As far as industry, I'd (ultimately) love to do this wort of work at a consumer electronics manufacturer such as LG, SONY, SAMSUNG, SANYO, etc., and/or any tech company of any size doing this type of work.)
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Re: Technology Careers for MBAs [#permalink] New post 05 Mar 2011, 21:27
ton of info.. amazing structure.. thanks guys..
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Re: Technology Careers for MBAs [#permalink] New post 06 Feb 2012, 21:35
kryzak or others,

can you shed light on the inroads possibilities into tech that an MBA from Anderson or Marshall would have in CA, and specifically the valley? In case, Haas does not work out for me.....
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Re: Technology Careers for MBAs [#permalink] New post 07 Feb 2012, 00:29
Excellent. Very Insightful. Thanks for sharing.
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Re: Technology Careers for MBAs [#permalink] New post 07 Mar 2012, 13:56
very inspiring and informative discussion! Thanks everybody for such substantial contributions.
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Re: Technology Careers for MBAs [#permalink] New post 28 Apr 2013, 16:54
hello all,
guys are you still here, how is going? what's new?
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Re: Technology Careers for MBAs [#permalink] New post 26 Mar 2014, 02:47
Thanks kryzak and top4mba for such useful posts. KUDOS to both of you.

Though this forum has not been active for some time but i will still give it a try. :idea:

I had so many questions in my mind and most of them you both have clearly answered so i will very crisp in the remaining ones.

Regarding Career Options:

Though, i have a degree in Mech Engg from one of the finest institutes in India, but i have been a developer or IT technical consultant for 4 years and now i am in the more of in the IT functional role in the implementations. The reason i am looking for an MBA is i do not want to be only in the technical role for most part of life but would like to work in Tech industry on a more strategic role as i have been always interested in computers and technology and i know that i can understand tech stuff pretty well.

Now, the kind of role i see myself in is somewhere B2B services (enterprise IT) or products company where
- i can actually act as a channel between the customers/Business and IT.
- Where I can actually take decision to implement certain strategies such as products or services as it will enable my company to be a front runner.

Let me take a couple of cases:

1. In a services/domain (manufacturing/healthcare) company, i would want to decide which product should we be implemented which gives a long term technical edge and we can save on the Opex (I believe CIOs work on this, if it is so, i would like to know the career path for the same).
2. In a product company, i would like to be at position of deciding which product our company is making next and what should be our strategic direction in long term.(for example, i if am in Oracle, i should be telling Larry Ellison that we should be working the tools that should make analytics easier for our customers.)

Regarding College and curriculum Aspect
I see that kryzak, you have said that curriculum does not play a bigger role that location and companies coming to recruit.
When I am looking for some good Tech courses, I stumbled on a Stern’s course “Management of Technology and Operations” which seems a pretty aligned to my needs but
a. When I checked placement stats of Stern I see that only 1% go Tech Industry and 21% in Consulting. So Does Consulting role includes IT consulting as well but not in Tech Companies?
b. Also, I did a quick research on LinkedIn and saw that only around 10% of Stern Graduates are present in Bay Area(rest in NYC), where I would like to work (and hence Haas and Anderson are my top bets but highly competitive for my profile)
c. I am also looking for Canada [read Rotman and Schulich] as an option where top tech companies come and recruit but again on LinkedIn I saw that most of the people stay in Toronto and very few make it to Bay Area(around 2-3%). Does Visa issues make it so difficult?

Please do let me know if you think, I need correction in my direction big time because of all the confusion.

Thanks.
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