Data engineer to software engineer

Amazon aWzj17
May 13 10 Comments

TC as de seems very low in Seattle. I have ~2.5 yoe at a top 50 manufacturer and GE. Currently working at Amazon for 105 base +15k so +12k second year + 30 rsu(5 year vest). I’m decent at leetcode and am basically a sde at work since I code in Scala, Java, and Python along with knowing all the stuff a de is supposed to know sql, etl, data warehousing, basics of machine learning in python, etl technologies and databases, etc. How can I switch to software engineering? Will FAANG recruiters approve my resume for se roles?
Will I have to apply for se 1 or sde 1 positions?
Thank you.

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  • Amazon holdthedo
    DE at amazon sucks .Outside In a lot of places DE is a type of SDE.Just move on elsewhere.You can easily get 150k TC elsewhere
    May 13 2
    • Facebook / Data
      RScP24

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      RScP24more
      Can you list a few?
      May 13
    • Amazon holdthedo
      Pretty much everywhere except FAANG.Mainly smaller companies.At FAANG you have to be a SWE and the bar is high so choose wisely I guess .
      May 13
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    RScP24more
    U being early in your career is the best time to switch your career.... moving as sde1 should be okay..... it would look bad for us who have 10yoe ....

    Further talk to any sdm in Amazon and try to move internally first. Even if you fail at new role, you could get back to de. If you move to other company as SE and fail there, you will be shown doors. SE bar in faang would be high. So it's better to be careful
    May 13 1
    • Amazon aWzj17
      OP
      Thanks. Btw what’s de tc for 10 yoe at Facebook?
      May 13
  • F5 Networks / Eng moveon?
    So, you've held three roles in 2.5 YoE? And want to jump again?
    May 13 1
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      OP
      For significantly higher tc I’d move in a heartbeat lol. But I’m planning for the future in next 8-12 months.
      May 13
  • Microsoft vxefcdrvsw
    How's the WLB for DE at Amazon? For SDE's it doesn't seem good.
    May 14 2
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      OP
      I mean you have to deliver just like anyone else. I personally work 8-7 most days and some on call and weekend is used for improving de knowledge and leetcode.
      May 14
    • Microsoft vxefcdrvsw
      How's the work? Writing SQL most of the time?
      May 14

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