Google SRE

Grab / Eng IhfL56
Jan 22 5 Comments

What is the key difference between Google SWE and SRE. Which one in most interesting and rewarding in your opinion? Trying to prepare for interview not sure which one should be in Target. Currently in Singapore, want to move west (Europe/Canada).

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  • Scality ifAg13
    I’m very close friends with the guy who built the google SRE team, in his words it’s mostly about fixing tech debt and dealing with large scale distributed systems. The SWE spot is a totally different ballgame where you get to work on your specific widget that has no translation to any other job.
    Jan 22 0
  • Google 0400
    If you like building distributed systems at scale, SRE offers more opportunities. If your interest is at application layer, SWE is more suited
    Jan 22 0
  • New / IT
    mavic

    New IT

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    mavicmore
    SRE = L3. SWE = dev
    Jan 22 2
    • Grab / Eng IhfL56
      OP
      Can you explain a little bit? It seems your information is not correct. As of my understanding both SRE and SWE start from L3.
      Jan 22
    • New / IT
      mavic

      New IT

      PRE
      JPMorgan Chase & Co.
      BIO
      15 yeo in bank. Teach lead, mgr and arch
      mavicmore
      SRE - L3 keeps prod stable (site reliability, fixing prod issues, added responsibility as remediation of tech debts). They don’t have to contribute to dev, that’s not their stream.

      SWE - focused dev team, you already know what they do. They may help L3 eventually, but site reliability is not their KPI.

      Amazon collapses both roles into one and keeps SWE responsible for all, that’s how you hear about horror stories in there
      Jan 22

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