Working as Salesforce Develope — What should I do next?

ASCAP / Eng MDEU16
Jan 4, 2018 18 Comments

I have been working as Salesforce developer from last ~5 years and pretty good at it. Currently making about 150k after taxes and working for a desi consultancy.

What do you guys suggest for me to go after? I don’t think I can try for companies like google and amazon by learning data structures and algorithms. Is there any other track for people like me given my background?

I am trying for Enterprise companies like Fidelity, State Street but they are not willing to take H1B.

Additional info:

On H1B with PD 2016 in EB2.
Wife working but planning to quit to take care of two kids.
Lives in Northeast region.
Interested and expertise in HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Core Java.

Thanks in Advance and looking for any kind of career advice for my situation.

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  • Learning data structures and algorithms enough to pass googles bar is not that bad. Don’t get discouraged if that’s what you want
    Jan 4, 2018 5
    • ASCAP / Eng MDEU16
      OP
      Lets say, even if I try heard and prepare for one year then how should I even apply for companies if my background is in Salesforce technology?
      Jan 4, 2018
    • If salesforce development remotely resembles coding(it may or may not I have no idea) then just call yourself a programmer. Most people adjust their background to fit a role they want
      Jan 4, 2018
    • ASCAP / Eng MDEU16
      OP
      Yes, Salesforce has coding and language is similar to Java. Thanks!
      Jan 4, 2018
    • Amazon L4 to 5 pr
      I worked as a solutions consultant for 2 years doing salesforce code work. Just moved to being an sde at Amazon last year.

      I honestly didn’t even study for the interview but it helps I only graduated 2 years ago and somewhat remembered my algorithms. You can definitely learn data structures/algorithms if you study for a month or two.
      Jan 5, 2018
    • ASCAP / Eng MDEU16
      OP
      Thanks. This is encouraging. I will give a shot. If I don’t succeed, atleast my knowledge increases.
      Jan 5, 2018
  • NetApp XRippleP
    Cant you pretty much work anywhere coding in java? I thought apex was equivalent
    Jan 4, 2018 3
    • ASCAP / Eng MDEU16
      OP
      So you suggest I switch to Java?
      Jan 4, 2018
    • NetApp XRippleP
      Well if you wanted a new job it would probably be easiest to look for one involving java
      Jan 4, 2018
    • Amazon / Eng
      Hooliganss

      Amazon Eng

      BIO
      Engineer at AWS
      Hooliganssmore
      java, c#, ruby, c, python are pretty fail proof.
      Jan 4, 2018
  • Amazon zNsq02
    Don't waste your time for State Street, they are laying off people every year - biggest chunk in US.
    Jan 14, 2018 2
    • ASCAP / Eng MDEU16
      OP
      One of my friend referred me in StateStreet but HR told him that they are not taking H1Bs for the moment. Its a good thing for me then 😀
      Jan 14, 2018
    • Capital One VRqA34
      Could you say more? Saw a very tempting opening there.
      Feb 16, 2018
  • Amazon bTTm18
    Hi

    Amazon has multiple orgs looking for good Salesforce developers/engineers. It’s pretty big implementation and there are 50+ Salesforce teams looking for good resource which hard to find. Salesforce Engineer bar is diff than regular dev .... so I would recommend u to apply at Amazon.

    Even I know Google and FB has Salesforce teams so give a shot u never know.
    Jan 5, 2018 2
    • ASCAP / Eng MDEU16
      OP
      So, I don’t need to know data structures and algorithms like a SDE role? Thanks!
      Jan 6, 2018
    • Amazon bTTm18
      No not like regular SDE’s but you should be good at Apex and basic java. It’s very imp for Salesforce Engineer to think about coding as the last option and this can happen only if you are good at understanding the business.
      Jan 7, 2018
  • ServiceNow fwgh76
    ServiceNow
    Jan 4, 2018 1
    • ASCAP / Eng MDEU16
      OP
      Thanks. What is the technology stack used in ServiceNow?
      Jan 4, 2018