Amazon SDET

New / Eng dumbo17
Mar 21, 2018 21 Comments

I work as an SDET at Amazon. Especially, with Amazon reputation, I feel that SDETs might be fired anytime. Is it possible to get converted to SDE within the same team or the other team? If anybody had done it, whats your experience?


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TOP 21 Comments
  • Microsoft MacroHard©
    Amazon has SDETs? I can't believe that's still a thing.
    Mar 21, 2018 2
    • Thanks man. That's very helpful.
      Mar 21, 2018
    • Amazon difitfuhh
      T stands for testing in case you didn't know.
      Mar 23, 2018
  • Microsoft Kingof2019
    So growth will be slower in SDET?
    Nov 10, 2018 2
    • Amazon RBMY63
      How many senior SDETs do you know? Approximately zero. How many principals? None.

      So if you’re an SDET2, who will be providing SDET-specific feedback at the next level?
      Nov 10, 2018
    • Amazon RBMY63
      This was a long time ago. Don’t know about seniors, but there are two principles. I was surprised to meet one, and looked it up.
      Mar 10
  • Microsoft / Eng spejl41d
    can the janitor become an SDE? No. You have to be able to write code.
    Mar 21, 2018 1
  • Amazon VMV
    What Amazon reputation are you talking about? Did Amazon remove a role before? They barely have any non-performance related lay offs.

    Amazon has may be 1 sdet for 40-50 sdes. Not like Microsoft where they had 1:1 ratio. Stop freaking out and fear mongering. Become an SDE if you want to, not because you are afraid of lay off.
    Mar 21, 2018 0
  • Airbnb 4657060775
    Friend did it. You need to talk to manager and start working on developer work items to show you can handle it.
    Mar 21, 2018 0
  • Amazon eAiF82
    I converted from sdet to sde. I was essentially working as an sde for more than 6 months. In my opinion, there is only about 40% overlap in the kind of skills required. I landed in this no-sdet team via a reorg. Design patterns and DI are one of the main things I ramped up on.
    Mar 21, 2018 3
    • Apple saladBar
      Mar 21, 2018
    • Amazon eAiF82
      Dependency injection
      Mar 22, 2018
    • Was this recently? Which org?
      Mar 22, 2018
  • Amazon zCpm24
    It's a reasonable concern but I wouldn't be worried for the immediate future. The roles are compensated equally at Amazon so as long as you're creating value you're fine. It's just more probable to create value as an SDE because there's more need for the role. I switched over to SDE from SDET by finding a team that would allow to fill the gaps I had. I essentially joined the team and did only SDE tasks and within about 8 months I had enough data to justify the role change. You can do the same if you find the right team.
    Mar 21, 2018 1
    • Which org? Which location?
      Mar 21, 2018
  • Amazon 123raj
    Lmao sdets are going no where bruh!
    Mar 22, 2018 0
  • Amazon / Mgmt

    Amazon Mgmt

    Microsoft, Amazon
    Very possible. There needs to be a req but if you can do the job and prove it, you can make the switch.
    Mar 21, 2018 0
  • Amazon IzUmI
    Definitely, OP has not been working as SDET in the current team.
    Mar 10 0
  • Amazon / Eng ama64
    SDET and SDE bar are the same and in the same job family. Should be as easy as an abbreviated loop.
    Mar 22, 2018 0
  • Amazon RBMY63
    Do you have interest in being an SDE or are you passionate about test? Do you feel like you are raising the tech bar at your level for an SDE?
    I have seen people do this, but out of passion, not fear. Work on a team of SDEs for a few months and show you’re up to the task. If they still want to loop you, pass it and prove it.
    Mar 21, 2018 0