The Software Management Training Program at Fog Creek Software
The Fog Creek Software Management Training Program is an opportunity to learn about all aspects of the software business from inside a growing software startup. The theory is that nothing can better prepare you for leading a high tech company than gaining significant, substantial experience with everything a high tech company does, under the mentorship of experienced veterans.
It takes two years and combines work at Fog Creek with an MS degree at NYU, Columbia, or Polytechnic. The ideal candidate will have about 5 to 10 years of experience in a technical position like programming. A BA/BS or equivalent is required.
It's a job. It includes a great starting salary, and the full raft of benefits, from Aeron chairs to free lunch. You should be ridiculously smart and you have to be the kind of person who gets things done. In addition to paying your salary, Fog Creek pays your tuition and reimburses all educational expenses.
Working at Fog Creek
The main part of this program is rotating through jobs at Fog Creek Software. Trainees will get experience with:
- Tech Support
- Inside Sales
- Project Management
- Software Testing
- Usability Testing
- Software Design
- Program Management
- Beta Management
- Build Management
Participants are required to complete a Master's degree in technology management during their evenings and weekends as a part of the program.
These programs would meet the requirement for the master's degree:
There is also a reading list of 75 books on various topics of management which you'll be expected to read and discuss with your peers and with managers from Fog Creek.
Unlike full-time MBA programs, you won't have to pay a fortune in tuition and even more in foregone salary. You'll be earning money. Unlike management consulting, you won't have to work long days and fly to some small town in the midwest every Monday morning and live out of a suitcase in a hotel. Not that there's anything wrong with the Midwest. We're just saying.
Graduates of the Software Management Training Program will be uniquely suited to leading large and small software companies or taking leadership roles. The idea of this program is to develop a new generation of leaders for Fog Creek, but we think that it will be great preparation for a career leading, running, or starting any kind of high-tech company or team. If the program is successful we expect, in the long run, to churn out about twice as many graduates as we need for our own purposes, so many will tend to head off to start their own companies, take a high-level position elsewhere in the industry, or go further in graduate school. Either way we think it's a fantastic opportunity for ambitious, smart geeks looking to move beyond careers as programmers.
About Fog Creek Software
Fog Creek Software is a small, entrepreneurial software company in New York City founded in 2000. Our key products are FogBugz, Kiln and Copilot; all three have been very successful. We bootstrapped ourselves without outside investment and have been profitable from the beginning.
Fog Creek Software, Inc. does not discriminate in employment matters on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, military service eligibility, veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, or any other protected class. We support workplace diversity.
To apply, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, attaching a current resume in HTML, Word, Plain Text or PDF format. In the body of the email, explain why you would be a good fit for this job. If you have a website, send us the URL.