Why so many SRE roles in Dublin, Ireland?

New / Eng szh
Feb 18 7 Comments

Why do many of the popular US startups and companies have SRE operations specifically in Dublin, Ireland? Many of them are exclusively SRE offices. Some are large, while others are small - in either case, SREs seem to form the majority, not SWEs. I'd like to understand if this is intentional, and if yes, why?

E.g. Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Slack, Etsy, Squarespace, Twitter

Facebook has some sales-y stuff too (Solutions Eng) and Amazon builds AWS products, but from what I can tell, the 'customer-side' of those are largely in the US while the systems side is in Dublin. What's going on? Or am I seeing patterns where there are none?


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TOP 7 Comments
  • Salesforce YWcl37
    Favorable labor & tax laws, English speaking, 8 hour time zone difference between west coast which helps with 24/7 coverage & handoffs.
    Feb 18 1
    • New / Eng szh
      The TZ was the bit I was missing. I wonder how much it would affect your career if you worked in such a place - perception, quality of work, etc.
      Feb 19
  • Jet.com / Other

    Jet.com Other

    Having SREs in TZ 5 hours ahead helps a lot with failover drills
    Feb 18 0
  • Workday / Eng efficient
    Also support center right? They go hand in hand.
    Feb 18 0
  • Citibank Qt7l
    Tax haven
    Feb 18 0
  • FactSet / Eng

    FactSet Eng

    Bridgewater Associates
    It sounds like a purely timezone advantage type of situation. You can interact with clients on either side of the world comfortably within working hours if you’re based out of a GMT-0 location, allowing handoff to/from the western and eastern SREs, respectively, as the day progresses.
    Feb 18 0
  • Intercom qazmlpoiuy
    Good location for follow the sun ops rotations. English speaking and cheaper location than London.

    The tax inventives are changing a bit nowadays, in order to encourage US companies to actually build products here. A lot of recent operations are doing just that: Intercom, zendesk, hubspot, stripe.
    Mar 21 0


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