Non-techie trying to get into Amazon/Google. Need some ideas

New meta13
Sep 14 10 Comments

Wife is a techie and recently moved to NYC for a job we couldn’t say no to. I’m a non-techie (Materials Engineer) with 8+ yrs of industry experience with past 3 yrs in a leadership role managing handful engineers and projects.

Is there scope for someone like me to get into Amazon/Google in or around NYC and start growing there? I’m kinda topped out in my position and the next level up involves managing quite a few ppl in operations which would completely kill my WLB. That move would also tie me down further to the industry, making a pivot harder in the future.

Current TC $160k

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  • Microsoft softFag
    Dude start with front end offer from startup and then start leet coding. Who knows you end up in fang one day but make sure you stick to one Language through out.
    Sep 14 4
    • AT&T MsdR32
      Why stick to one language?
      Sep 14
    • Microsoft softFag
      If you are writing in one language, you will become pro at that and easy for you in white board interviews
      Sep 14
    • AT&T MsdR32
      That makes sense, I'd suggest python, it's a quick language to write during interviews and every minute can count!
      Sep 14
    • New meta13
      OP
      Thank you for the suggestions! Heard a lot about python, I’ll look into it.

      By the way... What do you guys mean by a front end offer?
      Sep 15
  • Amazon
    azmix

    Amazon

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    Amazon is hiring material engineers for the spacecraft program, but on the other side of the country.
    Sep 14 3
    • New meta13
      OP
      Does Amazon see value in hiring people from other industries who have experience leading people & projects? I understand most roles there would need a background in software engineering, but at some point a product life cycle development probably looks very similar even across industries.
      Sep 14
    • Amazon
      azmix

      Amazon

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      Not much in the software business as we expect those individuals to define vision and strategies for innovation in the software and its applications as well as to navigate complex industry specific challenges. That said, there are plenty of project and people management roles in the fulfillment network.
      Sep 14
    • New meta13
      OP
      Thank you @azmix
      Sep 15
  • Roku cruella
    They are so big they would have some use for a materials engr. But limited and that would also limit your career. Whereas if u were to go to a company whose primary business involves your skill you could go much further.

    My $0.02.
    Sep 14 0