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what can i do before join amazon as swe,ML at aws team? (heard aws pambda, sqs, tensorflow will be main stacks)

no exp in backend, but rwas Ml researchers.

and best advice for fast promo to sde2, or AS?

thanks!

TC base 150
yoe 2
1st author papers from kdd
sde1

note:
i have 1yr yoe from trading floor at BB and ready to work for ~5-60hrs but problem is no exp in backend ..

worried about my high comp whereas have no exp in backend tbh

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  • Google / Eng iTK
    Set your expectations correctly. Amazon doesn't care about its employees and vice versa. Employees over there are ruthless and very hard working. Be ready to slog for 50-60 hours a week.

    If you are a shy person, amazon is not for you. Be extrovert, and give your opinion in every thing even if you don't care. Learn leadership principles and learn how to use them to manipulate teammates and to win arguments.

    Don't believe anyone, don't trust anyone because everyone over there is selfish.
    If you work X make sure to showcase it as 2X. Company awards people like that, again be extrovert.
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      I can see his point...hard place to survive..
      Sep 10
    • Google / Eng iTK
      People who are in amazon will understand that. It's test to figure out how peculiar are you wrt. amazon.
      Sep 10
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      This comment is disgusting but absolutely accurate and good advice. It's shameful that we're incentivized to behave like narcissists instead of professionals. But that's exactly how it works.
      Sep 10
    • Microsoft ajebajehy
      iTK is 100% right
      Sep 10
    • Nutanix Hheh05
      Get rdy for ridiculous oncall (shit's broken and oncall has to support WW; dont get ITAR access if you are an American citizen; more shit to support) and short rotations. Your health will decline and most likely u will spent the time you have between oncall to write COEs and bug fixes, adding metrics n log. No real feature dev
      Sep 11
  • Cisco NnMk28
    Don’t get yourself on PIP
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      Any tips? This pip horror terrifies me
      Sep 10
    • Amazon tVWw77
      Pip is for mostly a mechanism to push out long time underperformers. The people I've seen on pip deserved it tbh (did nothing all day)
      Sep 11
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    Don't worry, you will be fine. I'm in AWS ML org too. I have been in multiple teams/orgs in my 7 years at Amazon and this is the best one I have been. Chill.

    Tip would be, ask questions, learn and rampup. Look for a mentor (ask your manager to help find one).
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