Those who went from traditional ElecE/CompEng companies like Intel, synopsys to FANG, transition worth it, how to do?

Cadence qwer09
Jun 21 24 Comments

Currently at an traditional Intel/amd/synopsys like company doing EDA tools (Sw for chip design tools). Very different from web-tech stuff at FANG/big-n (esp Goog, fb, amzn, msft etc).

So,
- How did you go about learning all different stuff asked in sysdesign interviews at big-n?

- was the transition worth it? (I.e. leaving behind all hardcore CompEng type studies, possible wlb involved in EDA)

At one of those old EDA companies, staff eng, 18 yoe.

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TOP 24 Comments
  • AMD 37gshwj
    Totally worth it! I changed from being physical design engineer at AMD to software developer at Amazon :) . The rewards are totally worth the hard effort needed for change!
    Jun 22 2
    • Cadence qwer09
      OP
      How much lc you did? What did you do for sysdesign?

      What's your work now?
      Jun 22
    • AMD / Design
      lolmlol

      AMD Design

      PRE
      Intel Corporation, AMD, Qualcomm, Apple, NVIDIA, Google
      lolmlolmore
      Were you on H1B? Did H1B transfer go smoothly?
      Jun 29
  • Intel / Eng mr_pleb
    I'm sorry for you. I'm sorry for me too.
    Jun 22 0
  • Google LUcv30
    What's your TC? If it's low you probably don't even need to do system design problems. You could come in at L4 and get a raise.

    I've never been 18 YOE entrenched in a specific industry like that, but to me learning new things has always been part of my job as an engineer. I've already learned things that are more difficult than web development, so I never saw that as intimidating.

    Also, I don't agree with the premise that WLB is worse at better companies. If anything I've found the opposite: companies with high caliber employees trust them to get their job done.
    Jun 22 1
    • Cadence qwer09
      OP
      tc 260k
      with sign-on: 280k
      sf bay area
      Jun 22
  • Intel WTRl24
    Love it. From Intel to Amazon. Wish I had done it earlier
    Jul 2 7
    • Cadence mp12
      Can you describe details of how you prepped?
      Jul 4
    • Cadence mp12
      What level at intel, amzn? Type of work at intc and amzn?
      Jul 4
    • Intel WTRl24
      Intel 8 -> Amazon 6. At Intel used to work with AWS. On Amazon at AWS
      Jul 4
    • Cadence mp12
      Can you answer other q about prep details?
      Jul 5
    • Intel WTRl24
      No technical preparation. Focused on Leadership Principles and behavioral questions
      Jul 5
  • Cadence Fhvz
    🍿
    Jun 21 0
  • Intel NUea04
    You should be looking to put in about 1 year of effort and break free.
    Jun 22 5
    • Cadence qwer09
      OP
      Already put in 1 yr, good at lc. but reject at goog, fb.
      Jun 22
    • Cadence Fhvz
      Isn’t it pretty tough though for person with 18+ yrs of experience to switch to SW ? Isn’t it hard to compete with the juniors?
      Jun 22
    • Cadence qwer09
      OP
      Op says that they do Sw (in chip design)
      Jun 22
    • Intel NUea04
      @qwer09 maybe your prep was not done right. When I started preparing last year, i was not very clear about the expectation these companies have. Now i know what these companies expect. Btw goog, fb are not the only places to go. For a change, twtr, lnkd, msft, amzn, uber, lyft, and lot of others. Just be open.
      Jun 22
    • Cadence qwer09
      OP
      Intel, how did you prep? How was your interview?
      Jun 23
  • Intel / Eng Samaritan
    Totally worth it. The only regret I have is didn’t make the transition earlier.
    Jun 23 2
    • Cadence qwer09
      OP
      Can you describe your prep and interview?
      Jun 23
    • Intel / Eng Samaritan
      LC is enough for coding prep. Design interview is tough, prep is mostly based on reading technical blogs and watch videos on YouTube.
      Jun 24