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I’ve been collecting data to find out if product managers are happy and engaged in their jobs. I was motivated to do so because so many product managers say that they don’t have the proper resources and tools.
You all know that you’re working with limited resources and must focus your work on strategically important activities that create competitive advantage and happy customers. There’s no surprise on this, and people will always complain about too much to do. In this post, I’ll share some information with you from the product manager job satisfaction survey.
Based on the survey responses, it’s clear that product managers are happier when they are supported by their bosses.
Interestingly, being associated with a particular industry contributes a lot, as well as the reputation of the company in which they work within that industry or sector. Many product managers indicated that they are energized when they get to work directly with customers.
On another plane, product managers are still frustrated because people in other departments or functions just don’t understand the role of product management (as a function) and the role they play as product managers.
Overall, job satisfaction seems to lean positively with 7% reported to be extremely satisfied, 36% who are satisfied. 46% are somewhat satisfied, and with those people, it’s more about the company environment, culture, and their bosses. 9% are not satisfied at all. I can see the bell-shaped curve… can you?