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I am having a tough time deciding between two great programs- Foster and Anderson. After scholarship $$, the tuition at both places will roughly be the same. Post-MBA, i am looking to transition into Product Management/Marketing in tech companies. My background - Indian, Engineer (with 5 years of experience in HPC), and based in Seattle. Long term, I would like to live in the Seattle area. Any thoughts/inputs is greatly appreciated!

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Congratulations for the two great admits. :)

Looking at your goals and the place you wanna live post MBA, I think Foster makes sense without another thought.

Seattle has alot many opprtunities for Tech goals. You will get that benefit.

All the best :)
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abhropal wrote:
Hi guys,

I am having a tough time deciding between two great programs- Foster and Anderson. After scholarship $$, the tuition at both places will roughly be the same. Post-MBA, i am looking to transition into Product Management/Marketing in tech companies. My background - Indian, Engineer (with 5 years of experience in HPC), and based in Seattle. Long term, I would like to live in the Seattle area. Any thoughts/inputs is greatly appreciated!

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Congratulations on your 2 admits!

If you have been in the PNW/Seattle, then makes sense to stay there. UW is pretty much the strongest university and many folks have gone there for undergrad, if not BSchool. It will be a good extended network. Most of the strongest Tech is in Silicon Valley or Seattle i feel, not LA.

At the same time, Anderson is meaningfully better ranked and would provide for more growth, higher caliber classmates, larger program with more class options, and change of scenery.

I am with you - it is a tough choice. As someone who lived in LA and moved to Seattle later on, took me a long time to adjust to the weather but I under-appreciated some of the benefits Seattle has, esp if you have a family (good schools, on Eastside that is, actual neighborhoods, somewhat better traffic, though it has been getting a lot worse, lack of LA craziness, flashy cars, heat, and concrete). Still seems odd to leave only to come back but it may be a nice place to get away to. I don't think you will make a wrong choice either way.

Anderson would be a greater challenge, risk, and potential reward. Foster is safer and probably slightly easier. Depending on what you are looking for in life at the moment, one may appeal more than the other.

Good luck!
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Thanks for your comments! Appreciate it very much.
This is a tough choice indeed, but either scenario is very good. I'll flip a coin pretty soon.
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abhropal wrote:
Thanks for your comments! Appreciate it very much.
This is a tough choice indeed, but either scenario is very good. I'll flip a coin pretty soon.


LOL.
P.S. If you have a significant other in the area, I would probably stay. Otherwise, Seattle is considered one of the loneliest cities these days: https://factsandtrends.net/2018/03/05/l ... y-america/ (odd that LA used to be on the list 10 years ago) but thanks to traffic everyone calls their friends from 4 to 7 PM while they are stuck. At the same time, I have found lots of conflicting rankings for what "loneliest" actually means, represents, and ranks, so this all may be irrelevant.
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My experience in Seattle has been quite the opposite. Seattle has been very friendly and welcoming (to me at least) My life outside work revolves around hiking, skiing, soccer etc, which is what I love the most about Seattle/PNW. Correct me if I am wrong, but I get a sense that the overall MBA experience at Anderson may be better than the one at Foster. However, when to comes to Tech jobs, I think Seattle will rule the roost for obvious reasons.
If I may rephrase my original question: lets say I had no bias for Seattle, which of the two programs is more likely to land me a product management/marketing roles in big tech companies (Amazon, msft etc.)?
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abhropal wrote:
My experience in Seattle has been quite the opposite. Seattle has been very friendly and welcoming (to me at least) My life outside work revolves around hiking, skiing, soccer etc, which is what I love the most about Seattle/PNW. Correct me if I am wrong, but I get a sense that the overall MBA experience at Anderson may be better than the one at Foster. However, when to comes to Tech jobs, I think Seattle will rule the roost for obvious reasons.
If I may rephrase my original question: lets say I had no bias for Seattle, which of the two programs is more likely to land me a product management/marketing roles in big tech companies (Amazon, msft etc.)?



To answer your question, HBS or Stanford.
Otherwise, probably neither program will have an advantage since on-campus recruiting is not strong with either and alum network for MS/AMZ is probably not the key decision maker. Both hire from a wide variety of programs and give a preference to past experience, career trajectory, and more tangible things rather than which program you have attended (though HBS/GSB always catch an eye of a recruiter).
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