Airbnb infra vs backend roles

New IIiP21
Mar 26 17 Comments

Had a technical phone screen for a backend role at Airbnb. However, the interviewer (really enjoyed talking to him btw) was from an infra team and the project he has been working on sounds very exciting to me. From the description it seems like it would be a better fit for me so I asked my recruiter if I could change the "track". I was told the interviews are very different for backend and infra teams but they would follow up with more details later.

So I was wondering if anyone from Airbnb's infra team can comment on team's culture, wlb and etc. Also, if anyone who interviewed with them could comment on the structure of the onsite interviews and perhaps a difference between generic/backend vs infra specific interviews?

Thanks!

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TOP 17 Comments
  • Intel QuasWExort
    But why do you want to get into Infra OP? Isn't it shit?
    Mar 26 6
    • New IIiP21
      OP
      But I definitely understand that it might be too "devops-y" for hard core engineers :)
      Mar 26
    • Dropbox systest
      Nothing wrong with gaining system design/scalability experience. Airbnb infra is not that great now so you can contribute a ton of impact
      Mar 26
    • New IIiP21
      OP
      I'd love to! Just need to pass an on-site now!
      Mar 26
    • Intel QuasWExort
      Why I say is, I recently switched from kernel level development to soo called platform / infrastructure. And all you end up doing is building tooling or changing config on an already open sourced distributed system like k8s, marathon and what not.

      If you are rebuilding infra from scratch, it's just waste of engineering effort. Instead you can concentrate on building the business logic.
      Mar 26
    • New IIiP21
      OP
      I agree there's a risk of doing this. However, there's quite a bit of work to make it right and I think the amount of experience you gain is really invaluable. I've been interviewing for senior architect type of roles (at startups) just because I spent a few years overseeing infra at my current company. And to *me* it's a lot more exciting than working on features. But I wholeheartedly agree, it's not for everyone and it might be pretty boring at many companies.
      Mar 26
  • Symantec GoRams!
    What does infra teams do?
    Mar 26 5
    • New IIiP21
      OP
      They have many sub-teams iirc. The team that I am interested in is doing k8s development/management. They also do aws related stuff (closer to devops I guess)
      Mar 26
    • Symantec GoRams!
      Are these Platform teams?
      Mar 26
    • New IIiP21
      OP
      Yes, I think you're right. Sorry I just used my company's term :)
      Mar 26
    • New IIiP21
      OP
      Do you have an insight?
      Mar 26
    • Symantec GoRams!
      Sent u DM
      Mar 26
  • MathWorks p8Rz2u
    You should also apply to Google's SRE team as SWE, sounds like it may interest you.
    Mar 26 2
    • New IIiP21
      OP
      Thanks for the suggestion. I was told Google interviewing process is pretty lengthy so I'll save it for next time.
      Mar 26
    • Dropbox systest
      They will speed up with competing offers
      Mar 27
  • Dropbox systest
    Do the interview track that matches you best. During boot camp you can choose your team at Airbnb
    Mar 26 0