LinkedIn India: how long before you get promoted to Senior SWE ?

Microsoft / Eng tctcv
Dec 13, 2018 29 Comments

A friend will be coming in as a SWE with little over 2 yoe. Recruiter refused to schedule Senior SWE loop for him saying he didn't have enough exp. He is interested in the median time for industry hire SWEs to get promoted. Assuming Meets Expectations or higher.

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  • F5 Networks / Eng etcd
    2yoe and you wanna be Senior. Talk about being greedy/stupid.

    SWEs get promoted based on various factors. And obviously median increases based on how high the role is.

    Should be anywhere between 3-6 years for going from SE 2 -> Senior.
    Dec 13, 2018 9
    • Microsoft Yunos
      Clueless
      Dec 13, 2018
    • LinkedIn Bdiddy
      Non-linkedin people commenting about how unattainable it is to get to Senior in 2 years clearly have no idea what they're talking about.

      I can't speak for India, but in the US, Senior with 2 yoe is feasible and common
      Dec 13, 2018
    • LinkedIn fsocietyyy
      I don't know who these laughing people are, but it is very much realistic and people do become senior in 2 years
      Dec 13, 2018
    • LinkedIn pdnfncy
      Etcd is apparently a special snowflake that we have triggered.
      Dec 13, 2018
    • Microsoft Yunos
      Fkin morons lmao
      Dec 13, 2018
  • LinkedIn / Eng
    CDO

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    Depends on the team.
    For a new grad :
    Tools team - 1yr
    Product team - 2yrs
    Data team - 3 yrs

    For a 2yrs yoe:
    Tools: Less than a year if you werent given senior already
    Product: 1-2 yrs
    Data - atleast 2 yrs unless you are exceptional
    Dec 13, 2018 8
    • Microsoft / Eng roxton
      Do teams working on distributed infra & data stores come under Tools org or Data org ?
      Dec 30, 2018
    • LinkedIn / Eng
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      Data org
      Dec 30, 2018
    • Works Applications / Eng ecret69
      Hi @CDO
      Do you know if LinkedIn Bangalore is currently hiring? I've 1.5 yoe but all the roles in careers site are for senior swe
      Jan 27
    • Qualcomm / Eng qcomSam
      Which org does trust team comes into?
      Aug 6
    • LinkedIn beotbtys
      Maybe security, which falls under SRE at LinkedIn IIRC
      Aug 6
  • Lyft / Eng Damn Son
    They’re much stricter with leveling when hiring externally than promoting internally. That’s why you see Sr SWE at LinkedIn with 2 yoe.

    According to a recruiter I worked it’s rare for them to hire staff engineers and above, even tho staff maps to L5 elsewhere. They usually hire in at Sr and then promote to staff relatively quickly.
    Dec 13, 2018 5
    • Walmart.com / Eng
      233333

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      Makes sense
      Dec 13, 2018
    • Microsoft / Eng tctcv
      OP
      True, I know someone who was Senior at Amazon but LinkedIn refused to bring him in as Staff
      Dec 13, 2018
    • LinkedIn / Eng
      CDO

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      In case of Bangalore office, the argument about sr vs staff is not true. Sr to Staff promotion is hell lot difficult here. Its easier to get hired as a external candidate for staff role or you can better move to US
      Dec 13, 2018
    • Morgan Stanley / Eng leet4fang
      @CDO Off topic: Does LinkedIn promote mobility from Bangalore to US office? How easy/difficult is it to get internally transferred to US?
      Dec 13, 2018
    • LinkedIn / Eng
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      It's quite easy. It was even more easier a few years back, but looking at the number of people transferring, the following restrictions were put in place. Fulfill these and you can just talk to any manager in US and if he has openings you can transfer without interviews:
      - Spent 2 yrs in Bangalore office
      - Of level senior or higher
      - Got a rating of 3+ out of 5 ( 95% of employees have 3+ rating)
      Dec 13, 2018
  • Google / Eng ;O 𓂺
    Lol. Everyone is a senior! Yay title inflation! Does he want a trophy every quarter acknowledging his wondrous impact?
    Dec 13, 2018 0
  • Walmart.com cosanotra
    senior often in 1.5 years at linkedin usa.
    Dec 13, 2018 0
  • LinkedIn euler
    1 year Sr Swe.
    Dec 13, 2018 1
    • Works Applications / Eng ecret69
      Hi euler
      Do you know if LinkedIn Bangalore is currently hiring? I've 1.5 yoe but all the roles in careers site are for senior swe
      Jan 27

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