I am e5 at fb with relatively high tc compared with people at same level (due to DE). I have been thinking about moving companies at some point in the future.
One thing I was wondering about is the equivalent level for e5 at Amazon and what I would be interviewed at. Most people I see who interview from amazon as sde2 have a target level of e5. However, I also see a lot of statements on blind that e5 at fb is comparable to sde3 at Amazon (also reflected in levels.fyi).
In terms of tc, e5 at fb seems closer to sde3 than sde2.
With a relatively low yoe, would amazon likely interview me as sde2?
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- Amazon / Eng lockkeyI'd recommend trying to join at L7 if you can make that jump. (Would require more exp.) L7 are treated very well. Also Amazon's comp policy makes comp increases with promo take 1-2 years to kick in, so better to come in at a high level you're likely to stay at for a while.Mar 31 2
- Facebook / Other backtoswemoreThis might be controversial, but from my limited exp at both, I think Amazon SDE 3 feels a bit more senior level than FB e5. In my opinion SDE 2 has the widest range at Amazon while same goes for e5 at FB., so top sde2s definitely should target e5 and e5s dont assume that they will get sde3 although most of the time u will get it.
- Google ovBk62@peacefull - are you talking about Google/Facebook principals vs Amazon principals or Google/Facebook L6/7 vs Amazon principals?
It is common for outsiders to think that Google cloud project = Google infra but that's not remotely the case. The core infra that runs YouTube, search, etc is a different scale altogether. GCP is just an attempt to make a subset of these services publicly available.
Google L6s and 7s influence way fewer people than Amazon principals do, but they generally end up working on technically harder problems. Remember that a problem can be technically hard or organizationally hard. It's a spectrum. It's about going deep (G) vs handling breadth (A). There are exceptions but this is the norm I've noticed in these two companies.Mar 31 1
- ovBk62@, I was referring to your earlier comment about G/FB E6/L6 working on harder problems. I was under impression that Amazon principals are also working on hard problems, not just how to deliver a project as an org. I agree it may not be the case for all principals, but I guess this is not always the case for E6/L6 at G/FB either. Thanks for clarifications!
- Amazon Px8227A good team player E5 could map to SDE3. But SDE3 is more of E6. Tech bar is different