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Nov 15 30 Comments

I am a HW engineer with abysmal TC in bay area. Have been trying to change company but could not get far. Got rejects from Google, Microsoft, Qualcomm, Nvidia and few startups. Apple always rejects after recruiter reaches out, may be did really bad on my interview 5 years ago.

Trying to move to SW but things are slow. It is a big change as I am coming from Semiconductor devices. Today I received rejects from 2 universities I applied to for SW citing lack of background in SW dev. On the other hand, losing motivation to work in HW due to large differential in TC with same/more effort involved in HW. May be that was the reason for flunking all my HW interviews.

Kind folks of Blind, guide me on my quest for better career(TC 😂). Heck if you guys roast me that would be better than sulking.

TC: 140K
YOE: MS in EE+ 8 years

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  • Cadence Mariposa
    Have you ever introspected to see what your strengths are? Can you climb the corporate ladder with the skills you already have? Don't be the guy drinking the Kool aid.

    I am a HW Engineer myself.
    Nov 15 9
    • Cadence Mariposa
      Glad I make you think. Believe me I am always in this situation; I keep seeing what I already have and work around it. I keep an Excel and write what are my skills and my weakness; keep small goals and then try achieving the larger one.

      Have you also tried moving into a smaller company? There is good learning, and you get higher visibility
      Nov 15
    • AMD
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      Tried few startup interviews, did not get through. Startups usually look for deep domain knowledge.
      Nov 15
    • Cadence Mariposa
      Small companies != Startups
      Nov 15
    • AMD
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      You mean to say like 500+ employees? Dont usually get interviews from any of them. I don’t see many in that kind of category, let me know if you know of some.
      Nov 15
    • Cadence Mariposa
      I moved from Intel to my current role at cadence; I am doing a much high visible task. I may not be at FAANG but I get paid well, I know a lot more than what I did at Intel. I would be happy to chat more.
      Nov 15
  • Apple / Eng Ludacris
    Don’t chase TC. Chase work you are interested in that has value.
    Nov 15 2
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      I am interested in having an impact! HW industry has been stagnating for a while. Everything is getting commoditized. Work is mostly grunt work.
      Nov 15
    • Apple bgjvv
      I feel same can be said about software to some extent. Most stuff is grunt work (maybe not in beginning, because everything looks new and you are learning). But yeah at-least TC is high.
      Nov 15
  • Apple RCiw11
    Try cruise. They’re paying out the ass at the moment, even for HW Engineers
    Nov 15 1
    • i like cruise! i think they are a subsidiary of chevy?
      Nov 15
  • Microsoft MicroABC
    No bro, why should someone kick you when you are already down!
    I know friends who have moved to SE... Show your experience in firmware, if any, and try to display your motivation for moving into SW.
    Best of luck!!
    Nov 15 1
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      Thank you for the motivation!
      Nov 15
  • Veritas dogyear
    Like others have said don’t chase tc. Grass is always greener. Swe may not be for you tbh
    Nov 15 2
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      To be really honest, I thought SWE requires logical mind which I do have and can contribute significantly to current landscape. I do have ideas but implementation is what I lack of. You may be right, I may not be cut out for SWE but at least wanted to give it a try.
      Nov 15
    • Veritas dogyear
      Good luck I was mainly making the statement because it seemed you were only interested in the potential tc of swe
      Nov 15
  • KLA-Tencor hGFE21
    leet code
    Nov 15 2
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      Going really really slow. Dont have background in algorithms.
      Nov 15
    • Neurocrine try-catch
      Same as you. No background in algo, things are slow, especially because I am lacking motivation. Pm me if you want to prep together.
      Nov 15
  • E*Trade / Finance cbEV72
    140k for somebody who’s barely an engineer is good
    Nov 15 2
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      Barely an engineer! I would not say that for myself. Have few patents to prove that. Thanks for the input though.

      Nice roast! 😂
      Nov 15
    • E*Trade / Finance cbEV72
      Ok, I didn’t notice 8 yoe, my apologies. 140k is still a good salary, nothing to be embarrassed about. You may also have a more durable career than JavaScript kids here
      Nov 15
  • Apples interview results stay with that particular team. And I dont think they care something from 5 years ago.
    I spent 2 years interviewing everywhere before i got into FANG. Stay positive my friend.
    Nov 15 2
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      Then something really weird is happening with me. Recruiter is reaching out but after that, radio silence! Happened 10+ times in last 2 years.
      Nov 15
    • apple does that a lot, dont worry. I had 20+ silent treatments from aapl. They have tons of internal transfers. just keep trying dont let it beat u down.
      Nov 15
  • Discouraged too. Trying to find an internship in software but I don’t have the experience in software to be considered for them. Just got some robotics and circuit type of work on my resume
    Nov 15 0

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