Do SDEs at AWS AI really do ML?

Chase ajfb86n
Mar 16 15 Comments

The team does the algorithms behind sagemaker. Do the engineers work on the ML stuff? Or is it mostly driven by the scientists, and the engineers simply do testing, deployment, and devops?

The ML required for engineers doesn’t seem to be as rigorous as say, “SWE, machine learning” at fb / g. And the SDMs don’t seem to have background in ML either...

Any info/opinions from amazonians / people who also interviewed there are greatly appreciated

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TOP 15 Comments
  • Amazon Beff-Jezos
    Amazon SDEs at those so-called ML teams are just plumbers.
    Mar 16 0
  • Amazon bisemberk
    Stay away from Amazon AI. You have been warned.
    Mar 16 0
  • Amazon bisemberk
    No. your job is to kiss the “scientist”’s asses and do their crap work and fix their bugs.
    Mar 16 0
  • Amazon sde_3
    Def led by the scientists, but frankly much ML algorithm development is pretty tedious work, whereas there's plenty of interesting engineering work to be done around productionizing ML algorithms.
    Mar 17 0
  • Amazon
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    Ugrychhmore
    nope
    Mar 16 0
  • Amazon fjords
    I know a couple of engineers in AWS AI who are working side by side with the scientists on the algorithms and helping them optimize the code. IMO that's ML work too.
    Mar 17 5
    • Amazon boobsrtak
      which team?
      Mar 18
    • Amazon fjords
      NLP team in AWS Science
      Mar 18
    • Amazon boobsrtak
      palo alto?
      Mar 18
    • Amazon boobsrtak
      yeah they’re one of the few teams without separate science and eng teams. it’s the exception and not the rule. maybe 2 teams total like that.
      Mar 18
    • Amazon fjords
      Teams are everywhere.. PA, Seattle, NYC
      Mar 18
  • PatientsLikeMe / Data h6sjf93nva
    Building an ML toolkit isn't the same as doing ML
    Mar 16 0
  • Amazon bumpercat
    Never heard of an SDE doing ML algorithm work, but I am nowhere near sage maker. In consumer we have a scientist job family that does ML.
    Mar 16 0
  • Rubrik PartyStick
    No
    Mar 16 0
  • Amazon / Product BWrH86
    SDE do not do ML
    Jul 14 0

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