SDE-2 at Amazon. Looking for switch to Google

Amazon / IT pikapikach
Oct 2 20 Comments

Recently promoted SDE-2 at Amazon India. Looking for a switch to Google. Wanted to know if I could apply for Google L4 SWE with only 2.5 YOE. Morever, do I need to give a system design interview round if I manage to convince the recruiter to setup an L4 loop ?

Also would it be better to stay at Amazon and move to Amazon Seattle after an year and target for SDE-3 ? Currently I am pretty much satisfied with my SDM and the leadership trusts me.

Would appreciate thoughts of fellow Googlers/Amazonians.

TC : 34 LPA

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  • Facebook ⭕w⭕
    You'd have to nail your rounds perfectly and write perfect code and test cases with 20 minutes to spare...

    ...and even then they'll still put you in L3 lmao.
    Oct 2 7
    • Bloomberg Enig16
      I’ve seen people who got L4 with less than 2 yoe
      Oct 2
    • Facebook ⭕w⭕
      For external candidates? Promo'ing from L3 internally is different.
      Oct 2
    • Bloomberg Enig16
      Yes, for external candidates. Bachelors too.
      Oct 2
    • Facebook ⭕w⭕
      Ok I was misinformed then, sorry OP.
      Oct 2
    • Bloomberg Enig16
      But you’re sort of right Facebook. Even though cases like this exist, it is extremely unlikely.
      Oct 2
  • Google get_better
    Just to point out - Google L3 will still give you a higher tc.
    Oct 2 7
    • Amazon / IT pikapikach
      OP
      Yeah, generally what is the comp range for L3 in India ?
      Oct 2
    • Google get_better
      I have seen them going as high as 45L with 2.5 you experience.
      Oct 2
    • Microsoft mhfhhdjs
      45L is starting/mid range of SDE2 in most companies in Bangalore . Don't think Google L3 can beat Amazon SDE2 . Base salary for L3 Google is capped at ~18LPA . Amazon SDE2 can easily go upto and beyond 50LPA with competing offers.
      Oct 2
    • Google get_better
      1. Google l3 is not capped at 18L.
      2. Amazon newly promoted sde2 is around 35-40L and appraisals are not that great so it would take another promo to get to 50L for OP.
      Having said that, getting down levelled might be a bad thing for the career in the long run.
      Oct 3
    • Microsoft oXJQ15
      1. Google L3 tc recent data point 41 base greater than 18.
      2. Amazon L5 goes upto 60 but that's for about become sde 3.
      Oct 4
  • Amazon / Eng Zzzzzzzzz.
    TC or GTFO
    Oct 3 1
  • There is no system design round if you have less than 5 yoe. They do system design for senior candidates. It’s very unlikely to get L4 unless you ace the coding rounds
    Oct 2 1
    • Amazon / IT pikapikach
      OP
      Do you know any specific areas according to which a candidate is placed into an L3 or a L4 bucket based on the coding rounds ?
      Oct 2

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