Failed Google L5 SWE - time to give up SE
Didn’t get an offer, but never thought I’d even make it to an on-site. I think I did well enough to be liked as some type of Googler, and I think I’m ready to quit coding. Can anyone at Google suggest an alternative? I like business and customer needs, and also supporting engineers. There are solutions engineer types of roles and also TPM. Will I look desperate if I go back to my recruiter, acknowledge my defeat in this industry, and see if Google thinks I can parlay that experience into a non-SWE role? I don’t want to feel degraded, though, like an underpaid almost-SWE who’s treated like an intern.
I’m an SDE 2 at Amazon and I’ve sadly reached the end of the road on that one.
Note that this isn’t me desperately trying to get into Google, I know they’re not that great. I’d just like to find a way to transition from engineering to something similar, with a good company who values my past experience and potential. Unfortunately I cannot switch to Engineering Manager — it seems this can only happen within a company from an IC engineering role. I missed my chance for that at Amazon.