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Senior Director, Software Engineering

at Fintech SaaS

OldCoder

- Minneapolis, Minnesota

- 8/13/20
Job/Career Demand
4.0
Positive Impact
5.0
Satisfaction
4.0
Advancement/Growth
3.5
Creativity
3.0
Work-Life Balance
5.0
Compensation & Benefits
5.0
Work Environment
5.0
Years of experience
24.0
Recommended Education
No Education

Describe the path you took to become a senior director, software engineering

Computer Science degree. Started as an intern and worked my way up to principal developer before moving to a management role. Spent several years as a manager, Sr. manager, Director and now Sr. director.

What's a day in the life of a senior director, software engineering?

Currently directly managing 2 development teams and a big data team. Also doing release management and SDLC. Every day is a new challenge - something new to learn or do. We are a small growing company, so duties aren't what this position would be at a large company - everyone does what ever is needed. Some days I'm doing reporting and data investigations and other days I'm managing production fires.

What's the best part of being a senior director, software engineering?

Still being very technical. Working directly with engineers is always interesting and fun.

What are some perks of your job?

Lunch stipend, good benefits, smart teams, interesting problems

What's the downside of being a senior director, software engineering? Words of caution?

At this level, this position can get very political. In larger companies, you generally would be at least one level away from interacting with engineers.

What's the earning potential? Entry-level? Mid-level? Senior-level?

Any software development career has a good earning potential. Tends to be higher at the beginning for people with the traditional technical degree than people who have gone through a bootcamp.

Advice on how to get started as a senior director, software engineering

Work hard - always be willing to take on new challenges or do the things no-one else wants to do. Never stop learning - whether it's Udemy or college - always be willing to increase your knowledge.

What's work/industry culture like?

Totally dependent on company. Women still have the same issues, although they are much less visible the higher you get in the food chain.

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