Switching roles even if it means looking outside AMZN?
Before I joined Amazon I was writing automation code, APIs and sample Android apps for security, metrics, and quality assurance. Joining Amazon as a QAE was exciting because it's a huge company and during the interview they told me they had concrete plans to write automation. However, a few days after I joined my peer left and confirmed they had no automation. My manager said that they had automation but didn't know where it was (the 2 people that wrote it got offers as software engineers externally.) Slowly, a coworker in a new team and I have been writing automation, but as QAEs our top priorities are back-to-back releases, maintenance and other quality items. Nonetheless, I still would love to write more code on a daily basis. I've spoken with my original manager and she's always said that she's never seeing anyone move from QA to SDE and rarely some had moved to SDET.
Now I'm working on a career path that will take from 8 months to 2 years to transition to SDET. I think that's too long and too pessimistic.
A month ago I started re-reading my computer science text books and then went on a burner interview and did very well and got an offer. The base salary would be higher but my TC won't be, plus one of the interviewers was very stressed out and was complaining about "production" issues being out of control... hmm, red flag for me.
I would really love to stay within Amazon (San Francisco Bay Area) but I heard that it's better to have a good external offer before even attempting interviewing with a different team to give you the negotiating power. For how long do people usually prepare? Is 1 month enough?
Not sure how others have handled transfers. Any thoughts?