Non-SWEs of Blind: do you wish you were a SWE?

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Aug 31 29 Comments

I've met my fair share of data scientists / analysts, BI / data engineers, QA / SDET / automation engineers who told me they would rather be a SWE though I always get the impression it was more about 💰 to them.

And for those who wish they were SWE... what's stopping you? Feel free to comment on what role you're currently in.

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  • Amazon uaqh79
    Why would I want to be a Senior Welding Engineer?
    Aug 31 0
  • Cisco Infensus
    Yes. DS currently. I'm too old to switch, 34. Also tried a leetcode easy and it took me like 2 hrs.
    Sep 1 8
    • Cray Moosejaw
      34 is ... old ? Damn, I must be positively prehistoric then.
      Sep 1
    • Spotify / Eng bubbedty
      Most people struggle at LC when they first start. As long as you have the fundamentals of CS down you just need to keep practicing.
      Sep 1
    • Cisco Infensus
      Thanks Spotify. Tbh I also think I'm too dumb for LC. I *hate* abstract problems like that, that's why I studied applied science and had a job designing precision machinery. My brain just rejects that stuff at this point, but maybe I just need to keep trying
      Sep 1
    • Spotify / Eng bubbedty
      Would researching the applications of each of the LC learning topics help to make you feel they are worth learning?

      Trees for file systems, graphs for databases, sliding windows for data streams could be some examples.
      Sep 1
    • Cisco cronaldoe
      What’s the market for DS vs SWE at Cisco? Im SWE and want to actually switch to MLE
      Sep 1
  • Microsoft Bork13
    Nah... Sales is great at least where I am at. Great commission and don't have to work that hard
    Sep 1 0
  • Microsoft / Eng
    TsnS37

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    TsnS37more
    Converted from SDET to SWE. The money is nice, but so is just about everything else.
    Sep 1 7
    • New / Other
      ';alert(1)

      New Other

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      Fox (Film, TV and Sports)
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      Love music. Hate overengineering.
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      Have you found that "subservient" true for most companies out there?
      Sep 1
    • Microsoft / Eng
      TsnS37

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      TsnS37more
      I've personally worked at 3, but I've spoken with a lot of other testers before deciding to make the switch. Even my last manager as a tester encouraged me to leave instead of entertaining the counter offer because they also thought it was a better career path.
      Sep 1
    • New / Other
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      Fair. Thanks. Cool you're honest with the confession. Most qa/te/sdet folks lie about those issues in public converstations.
      Sep 1
    • Amazon zxcvbnm002
      Why would most qa lie about this?
      Sep 2
    • Microsoft / Eng
      TsnS37

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      TsnS37more
      Well some of them are in denial or other things are more important to them.

      For many there's some reason they can't transition over.

      Regardless they are still in that field and it's hard to say publicly that you're on a sinking ship. It's even harder when you have resigned yourself to riding it out and someone is asking if they should take the opportunity to bail.
      Sep 2
  • Netflix Johnny5
    I went the opposite way. Started down the path as a SWE, hated it. Got into business dev.
    Sep 1 2
    • Cisco meoww
      What do you do
      Sep 1
    • Netflix Johnny5
      Build technical partnerships
      Sep 4
  • Cisco dengavle
    Nah. Too many of them at my workplace that we relieve them every year
    Sep 1 0
  • Amazon / Eng SmkWdEvyDy
    I'm happy with my career path at the moment. I get to work with customers a lot more, which I find fun.
    Sep 1 0
  • Zyzyxtech Xyzyz
    HW pays close to SW these days though.
    Sep 1 3
    • LinkedIn fuehwocudb
      HA! You are delusional.
      Sep 1
    • Zyzyxtech Xyzyz
      Nope.
      Sep 1
    • Apple 3wrmjj
      What’s your TC, YOE, and role?
      Sep 1
  • Zynga cdev6676
    DE-Interviews sometimes have a mix of SWE.But honestly I love what I Do.Though SWE have more job opportunities.I don’t think I would enjoy typical SWE work(building APIs,front end stuff etc)
    Sep 1 0