What makes an engineer senior?

Goldman Sachs baburao1
Oct 16 21 Comments

Is it interview performance, prior experience , prior company, educational background, experience in diverse technology or ability to manage/mentor people

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  • McAfee JohnMcPee
    Well I am Mexican and that makes me a señor engineer.
    Oct 16 2
    • Microsoft dr3g
      C mamo
      Oct 16
    • Reliable Software / Eng Sugoidesu
      You love it when someone calls you senor
      Oct 16
  • Dropbox rawhide
    Not knowing how to code, poor design skills.
    Oct 16 1
    • Optimizely / Other uwmB0lt
      That's some serious amount of salt right here. Tell us more
      Oct 16
  • Tesla / Eng
    sgzP07

    Tesla Eng

    BIO
    Mechanical Engineer
    sgzP07more
    Politics and your manager
    Oct 16 7
    • Apple / HR SnVL04
      How about skills then?
      Oct 16
    • Autodesk fomo!
      Your imagination is running wild, while youre at it, lets imagine there are no big banks profiting off of mortgages/stocks/ETF’s and creating bubbles for the commons to hold the bag at the end. Also lets imagine there are no world orders and a universal currency for basics and healthcare. That’d be such a balanced world all over. Selling of all ammunitions comes to halt and no lives taken
      Oct 16
    • Amazon erfvjn
      @Autodesk that’s some next level imagination :D
      Oct 16
    • Autodesk fomo!
      😀 he said fair world, these come to mind
      Oct 16
    • Tesla / Eng
      sgzP07

      Tesla Eng

      BIO
      Mechanical Engineer
      sgzP07more
      Skills and knowledge matter, but they are 2nd tier to playing politics, managing your manager, and the power of your manager.

      I have seen examples of highly skilled people slog away for 3 yrs or more pulling 60+ hrs a week without any promotion, while new guys in the team getting promoted after 1.5 yrs of joining.

      Why? It's no use making the bread and butter contribution if you can't play the politics to make it visible
      Oct 16
  • Oracle
    not_larry

    Oracle

    PRE
    Amazon
    not_larrymore
    Design skills, leadership, patience and ability to mentor junior engineers, breadth and depth of experience, confidence, consistent performer.
    Oct 16 0
  • Updating LinkedIn profile with the word Senior
    Oct 16 0
  • Apple kkjjklk
    All you mentioned. Doing well in the interview is a must. If you have everything else, but don't perform well during the interview, you won't get it. So consider this AND one of these factors:
    If you have a PhD (in the relevant field) with only 1 yoe G/Fb offer you a senior position. So that's the education factor.
    If you don't have a PhD, but have like 4 yoe in FAANG you still can get a senior position. That's the prior company factor.
    If you have lots of yoe you can get a senior position. That's the prior experience factor.
    If you have experience in a specific field (a specialist) you can get a senior position. That's the specialty factor.
    Oct 16 1
    • AT&T MsdR32
      I've seen a lot of PhD with 1 how getting L4 offers at Google, bit L5. PhD seems to count for about 4 Yoe for leveling, so it seems like Google usually needs about 3 YOE + PhD for senior (L5). Google is notorious for down leveling though, so they may be the worst.
      Oct 16
  • Autolist gYVu20
    None of those, it's self esteem. You are senior when you think you are
    Oct 16 0
  • Optimizely / Other uwmB0lt
    Leadership skills and politics
    Oct 16 0
  • New Ab44
    The ability to say no to clueless managers and proposer a better solution
    Oct 16 0
  • LinkedIn
    iknowitall

    LinkedIn

    BIO
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    iknowitallmore
    In our company senior takes responsibility for the problem and not the implementation only. But our senior is not as strong as google senior for example
    Oct 16 0

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