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Director of products: What I do and how much I make

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my name is grant Thomas Lepore I'm director of products and support at grab ket we were acquired a few years ago by Stratasys I'm 31 years old and I make a hundred and twenty thousand a year so the company makes software and we do it for 3d printers which is what Stratasys is a company that makes 3d printers and generally the software is targeted for mechanical engineers for people who would design and develop physical products and they use 3d printers in the development and prototyping phases of that as director of products and support I oversee what's called product management functions and design functions which are how you figure out what what the products are actually gonna do so that what the software product what problems it's gonna solve for people where the buttons are gonna be located what the workflows are inside of the software to walk you through an average day in the morning I tend to have most of my meetings that's because we have offices over in Europe and so the morning is the most overlap period so we'll have a lot of office meetings with people in Europe different covering different areas of what we're working on at that point in time so covering new projects making sure that everybody's on the same page around the scope of the project and the timeline and then in the afternoons I tend to have meetings more locally with people in our office here we might be doing brainstorming meetings about how potential piece of software is going to look a new feature of software what the buttons are going to be what the colors are going to be you know what the different things are displayed on the screen at any given time and then we might just also be putting together roadmaps for where we're gonna go over the next couple of months it's one of the really cool parts about this job is we have a makerspace and it's in a sort of a garage space outside of the office and what's great is we have a bunch of 3d printers there and other tools to help you make stuff a big part of the job is is both testing and making sure the machines and the software are working correctly but sort of a perk of the job at the same time is that we can use it for personal projects so if you haven't missed something you want to make you can use the space to me accurate a recent project we had is stratasys is developing a new 3d printer this one is particularly a new sort of design industrial design - it has a camera has a bunch of sort of new and improved features versus some of their older 3d printers and so our part of that project is to make sure that the software supports it and supports the different workflows that you might have using the printer and so some of our responsibilities in doing that were to just test making sure printing works to test that the camera which was new for that printer that you can actually view the camera in the software or in our mobile app making sure we actually designed the interface on the printer itself so there's a touchscreen with buttons on it and that design and making sure that that is easy to use was another part of the project that we worked on so I make 120,000 a year roughly and when I picked the field I wanted to go into I didn't that wasn't really one of my primary considerations but it was something that I thought about you know I knew that the salaries were relatively good in that that kind of range after a few years of working in the field and I think that my salary is is fairly typical for my position I didn't start that at that salary at all I started at seventy right out of college and basically over my career with I've gotten raises at varying points a big one is actually when you change jobs it's usually a good opportunity to get a raise because you're coming into a new company and you can sort of say negotiate on a salary as you as you start a new job I think my favorite thing about my job is working with really great intelligent people and we're building products that get used by millions of of Engineers out in the world and help them you know makes their lives easier a really good 3d printer can save you a lot of time as you're you know iterating the right shape of a remote control right if you can feel that in your hand you can know that it's comfortable and if you the 3d printer is a key to like making a quick prototype of what a remote control is going to be like so that's probably the my favorite part about my job
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