Solution Architect Amazon required skill set

Nokia / Eng scre
Nov 3 19 Comments

I am from Telecom/Networking background working in Pre-Sales. What are the skill set required for Solution Architect position at Amazon? I am very well versed with networking concept, vendor hands-on,doing demos/POC , customer engagement etc. I applied online through portal and got rejected via cold email so not sure what other things they look specifically?
I am not into coding as it never required in 6 YoE. I don't think SAs need coding. I am looking for some insight from SAs or recruiter,what is most important skill they are looking for...

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  • Amazon / Field Ops 206
    I'm an L6 SA at AWS. You don't need to have AWS experience to come in, the onboarding training is extremely thorough. Your life will be a lot easier and more fun if you do, though. You DO need strong modern app/infrastructure/cloud experience, of some flavor. DevOps/orchestration/SRE experience helps a lot as well.
    Nov 4 9
    • Amazon / Eng
      fishstick

      Amazon Eng

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      Amazon
      fishstickmore
      There’s no travel for SDE roles, but being remote is extremely limiting for your career, most of your accomplishments won’t be registered on the radar of people who matter...
      Nov 4
    • IBM Trunk
      Unfortunately I'm already used to the career limiting aspect now in my current remote SDE role. I might as well have the better TC at least 😅
      Nov 4
    • IBM Trunk
      If you make it to the offer stage for the SA role, do you get to negotiate your band level? L5 vs L6, etc
      Nov 4
    • Amazon / Eng
      fishstick

      Amazon Eng

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      Amazon
      fishstickmore
      Nope, they figure out your band level based on interviews, you just negotiate your salary and as long as it matches the level, you’re good, they usually give you more than you asked for...
      Nov 4
    • Nokia / Eng scre
      OP
      @206 ... You said "strong experience in modern app/infrastructure experience".... Do you recommend any course or prep material for knowing about this in depth?
      Nov 6
  • Google gewg
    Take the acloudguru Certified solutions architect exam training. For 30 bucks you'll get an overview of concepts
    Nov 3 0
  • IBM Trunk
    I happen to be getting ready to apply for a couple of Senior SA roles at AWS and am quite surprised to see several ads that list "AWS knowledge is not needed". How true is this in reality? Meaning, if I applied not having any AWS skills, would my resume even make it to the hiring manager?

    For clarity, I'm currently an SDE in my current role with a cloud SA background. Just nothing related to AWS at all.
    Nov 3 3
    • Amazon / Eng
      fishstick

      Amazon Eng

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      fishstickmore
      It’s very true, I had 0 AWS skills and knowledge when I applied and got hired, they give you 3 months to train and get up to speed including getting certifications while you work and shadow others...
      Nov 4
    • IBM Trunk
      What was the overall time from applying to getting hired?
      Nov 4
    • Amazon / Eng
      fishstick

      Amazon Eng

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      fishstickmore
      There might be couple of weeks between your phone interview and scheduled loop, after the loop is compete you’ll know if you got an offer about 3 days after. You’ll have one or two phone interviews, purely technical (not counting recruiter call as an interview here).
      Nov 4
  • Amazon taco pen
    You need to code.
    Nov 3 0
  • Stelligent D3v0ps
    Most Amazon SAs that I've encountered can sling code well enough to publish blog posts with github repos including Cloudformation and some code (python, ruby, or Java).
    Nov 3 0
  • Northrop Grumman / Eng Lambda2
    Yeah CloudGuru or Linux Academy. Get AWS Solution Architect Associate. Amazon certs do hold value, unlike most. Do labs.. read white papers. You are missing the AWS specific foundation which is why I think you were rejected cold.
    Nov 3 0
  • Verizon Media Igpay
    TC?
    Nov 3 0

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