SRE bar?

Amazon eminence
Aug 25, 2018 9 Comments

Currently a Sys Eng at Amazon.

Is the SRE bar at Google the same as a SWE? I heard that a lot of SWEs are recruited to become SREs.

Also what is the preferred/most popular language for SREs over at Google? Go/Python?

The job postings I see are listed as Systems Engineering - SRE

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  • Google / Eng xgFH17
    I don’t think SRE here writes much code. I don’t think the interview may be much different perhaps more focus on sysadmin
    Aug 25, 2018 2
    • Google SoSad
      You’re wrong.
      Aug 26, 2018
    • Google / Eng ctx
      You are wrong. [2]

      SRE could be a SWE or a System Engineer. The first one has the same bar because is a SWE position.

      You could expect lower algorithm bar for SE, but higher system bar.
      Aug 26, 2018
  • Apple / Eng Anyb0dy
    SREs are of two types here at Google (yes i am at Google) :

    1. Sys Admin SREs (who does mostly pushes and other day to day routine tasks).
    2. SWE SRE (who writes toolchains for SREs to do push effectively).

    So if you are going for the sys admin side then coding questions should be easy to medium. But if you are going to SWE SRE then expect full fledged SWE level interview.
    Aug 25, 2018 3
    • Amazon eminence
      OP
      Thanks for the insight. Do I have a huge hurdle if I’m naturally a Windows person? Seems like the foundations over there are Linux heavy at a fairly deep level.
      Aug 25, 2018
    • Facebook Danzaa
      I'm a windows person and I got a SWE-SRE offer from Google. There were Linux systems questions on the initial screening and onsite.

      BTW, SWE-SRE and SA-SRE work together on the same teams, doing the same work, and usually don't know which of their peers are SA or SWE. Every SRE is responsible for automating routine tasks.
      Aug 26, 2018
    • Amazon eminence
      OP
      Is there any specific languages that are heavily used in SRE roles? Looking to pickup Python more and curious to know if that’s popular over there
      Aug 26, 2018
  • New h7xh4
    sre interview for me was easy on the code, hard on systems
    Feb 5 1
    • Amazon Redux
      Any good resources to read up on for Systems portion?
      Feb 5