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Am interviewing for a director, product role at a SaaS unicorn fintech. Currently a principal/associate partner in a boutique strategy firm, have 16 years of total work experience. Would you know if I am interviewing at the right level? (Still learning how the levels in a product organization match against consulting levels). Any pointers?

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Titles are all over the place.In some many CPG companies, a VP role is a big f’ing deal. In many financial services companies everyone and their mother is an SVP. Comp and responsibilities should be the guide not title. At Google VPs make more than senior partners (not the Senior partner) at many firms.

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Why does the level comparison matter.

If the business, role, people, vision and compensation match your desires. Plough ahead and don't look back

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+1 to the comment above. You can call me a Junior Staff Monkey and I’m fine as long as the other items match my expectations

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….ah ha….That’s a Shakespeare in the making. What’s in a name…

Product roles are among the most opaque and inconsistent titles in tech, especially during/after hyper-growth. I’d be skeptical of any title mapping.

Rather than dissecting the role, I would focus on evaluating your future peers, execs, and founders. If they are truly Tier 1, your title is irrelevant. If they are not, I’d walk away.

There are 900-1,000 unicorns starving for top talent, and joining a mid/late stage startup *right now* might be the worst risk-adjusted ROI career path for the next 2-3 years. I’d prioritize working with future legends over chasing clout (today).

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