No good Hardware positions ? I'm a embedded guy. Masters in Electronics. Currently stuck doing software.

Comcast / Eng
aRoi72

Comcast Eng

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Hardware engineer stuck doing software.
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Aug 27, 2018 18 Comments

Hey guys,

I am exasperated. I use to run an embedded instrumentation business that I inherited during college. I've got extensive electronics embedded, PCB design, FPGA etc. But it seems there is no hardware engineering positions that pay comparable to software. I'm stuck doing DevOps for STBs. It doesn't help that I'm Indian.

Are there no good Hardware positions that I can get in to ? I applied to the Apple & Google but didn't get anywhere. Please let me know if there are options or if I should network on LinkedIn or something

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  • Tableau EddieLizH
    I sympathize both with the desire to work on something "real" (if that is indeed party of the issue) and the frustration where capability is hindered by lack of network.

    I highly recommend LinkedIn if you have not already spent some time developing and honing your profile on there. I would be shocked if there were no US based positions, but I suspect much of the actual hardware is developed and built in the far East.

    Best of luck to you and never give up. You can do it.
    Aug 27, 2018 1
    • Comcast / Eng
      aRoi72

      Comcast Eng

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      Hardware engineer stuck doing software.
      aRoi72more
      OP
      Thanks. It is frustrating when you can't work on the thing you're passionate about and good at. I'm giving LinkedIn a go and hopefully something will pan out.
      Aug 27, 2018
  • Twitter / Eng
    TWTCortex

    Twitter Eng

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    Microsoft, LinkedIn
    TWTCortexmore
    @OP that’s indeed true - I was an EE grad too. The reality is that hardware jobs suck balls and they don’t tell you that when you’re choosing your major. My 2 cents - suck it up and get really really good at software. You’ll soon like what you do - and if not the money will make your pain go away
    Sep 2, 2018 0
  • Apple ict6
    Apple? There's like a shit ton of HW engineers we could use!. Keep spamming recruiters/HMs on LinkedIn till you make it!
    Aug 27, 2018 0
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  • Microsoft MsftZune
    MSFT hires a ton of hardware people
    Aug 27, 2018 1
    • Spotify / Eng
      Candlex

      Spotify Eng

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      Facebook
      Candlexmore
      Where?!
      Aug 30, 2018
  • AMD Long on
    AMD, Intel, NVIDIA?
    Aug 27, 2018 0
  • Verily / Eng dbwN28
    Verily is doing embedded stuff.
    Aug 27, 2018 0
  • Square / Eng iLAn11
    Square
    Aug 27, 2018 0
  • Apple Google L7
    It is tough to get into USA if you don’t have a H1b visa. Try for positions locally though it may not be as much as USA
    Aug 27, 2018 1
    • Comcast / Eng
      aRoi72

      Comcast Eng

      BIO
      Hardware engineer stuck doing software.
      aRoi72more
      OP
      I'm not looking for US exclusively. It's just that given the positions are a fraction of software I'm having to apply globally to have a shot
      Aug 27, 2018
  • Oscar / Eng
    T4nqepSL3

    Oscar Eng

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    SpaceX
    T4nqepSL3more
    SpaceX
    Aug 27, 2018 1
    • Comcast / Eng
      aRoi72

      Comcast Eng

      BIO
      Hardware engineer stuck doing software.
      aRoi72more
      OP
      Can't. ITAR
      Aug 27, 2018
  • New / Eng
    asterix

    New Eng

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    Facebook
    asterixmore
    Oculus, Fitbit?
    Aug 28, 2018 0
  • New / Eng
    Mo007

    New Eng

    BIO
    MS CS Student
    Mo007more
    A lot of HFT firms in Chicago utilize FPGA or ASIC chips for hardware dev. I’d check it out.
    Aug 28, 2018 0
  • RingCentral / Eng Dwdx48
    Try with Magic Leap
    Aug 27, 2018 0
  • VMware / Eng
    vLol

    VMware Eng

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    Wayfair
    vLolmore
    What location? There are a bunch of hardware companies in MA.
    Aug 27, 2018 0

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