2 YOE SE looking for new job San Diego

Northrop Grumman / Eng the_curio
Apr 23 11 Comments

I’m looking to get out of the defense industry and into web development. My background is full stack web with more focus on backend Python dev.

I had callbacks from Walmart Labs but didn’t get passed the phone technical because they’re looking for staff level. I failed my Qcom onsite because I’m not strong as an embedded engineer.

I checked out ServiceNow/Intuit and other companies and their posting seems to desire Java stack or senior (5+ years) level engineers and I don’t think my resume will get passed the filters.

I’m currently talking to AWS Seattle because at this point, I’m sorta thinking I just have to take what I can get and if I have to move, then start mass applying to Seattle/SF/Irvine. But for the next couple of years, I’d like to stay in San Diego which is why I’m looking locally.

Where is a good place I can try to get into that is taking mid level software engineers in SD that isn’t defense?

Should I just start spending my time making a Java web app so I can slap all those Java stack keywords on my resume?

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  • ServiceNow / Eng rokyracoon
    Servicenow should be a good fit if you’re motivated
    Apr 23 5
    • Northrop Grumman / Eng the_curio
      OP
      Yeah, I’m pretty motivated right now. I’ll probably go ahead and apply to their open senior positions and see how it goes. How is their interview process?
      Apr 23
    • ServiceNow / Eng rokyracoon
      It should be some leetcode question and domain specific knowledge, with maybe system design. But simpler than what you’d get in a FANG interview
      Apr 23
    • ServiceNow / Eng rokyracoon
      Feel free to dm me if you want more info
      Apr 23
    • Panasonic Avionics
      Vaseline

      Panasonic Avionics

      BIO
      I do sales. I sell stuff. It’s what I do.
      Vaselinemore
      Is the head office of servicenow in SD?
      Apr 23
    • ServiceNow / Eng rokyracoon
      No HQ is in Santa Clara, but San Diego was the first office location
      Apr 23
  • DoorDash lermoP
    I used to work at Qualcomm and another startup in SD and I was in the same position as you where I wanted to stay in SD. Overall, San Diego is a tough job market. That said, you should consider looking on angel.co for startups - these are primarily going to be located in Carlsbad and downtown SD. If not, Amazon and Google are both in SD now and are hiring as far as I know. Also, I lived in San Diego for 4 years and know a lot of people in the tech industry there, so DM me if you're having trouble identifying if a company is legit or not and I can most likely tell you what's up.

    About positions asking for 5 yoe - apply anyway if you're interested. It doesn't hurt.
    Apr 23 1
    • Northrop Grumman / Eng HowCouldYu
      Yeah I was going to say google is down there
      Apr 23
  • Teradata / R&D 🦁king
    Teradata
    Apr 23 1
    • Northrop Grumman / Eng the_curio
      OP
      I got a hit from a recruiter for a Data Engineering role but I don’t think the HM is interested because I never got a call back.
      Apr 23
  • New EhiG36
    Shield ai
    Apr 23 0

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