Google SRE vs SWE

Nov 22, 2019 13 Comments

How do blinders view the differences between Google’s SRE vs SWE roles in terms of:

- Compensation (i heard SRE pays more since there is some element of being on live support where you get compensated extra)

- Prestige
- Career growth
- Opportunities for learning
- Opportunities to code

Starting to do team matching next for both and I have read a lot of mixed information/opinions on Quora.

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5.5 YOE

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TOP 13 Comments
  • Facebook / Eng Iff
    Obviously go with the title with software in its name if you want to code.
    Nov 22, 2019 0
  • Google rbtrnndsnw
    My manager at google thinks there are more career opportunities as SWE. Why don’t you just join as SWE and then do mission control?
    Nov 22, 2019 5
    • Lyft wXfl07
      Switching out of SRE is only easy for SRE/SWEs. Candidates must do a full interview panel if they are SRE/SysEng's. People are leveled as SysEng if they don't demonstrate knowledge from an upper level algorithms class in the interview, ie perhaps the majority of SRE's - who are without formal CS degrees - are given this title.
      Nov 22, 2019
    • Google rbtrnndsnw
      Maybe ask the recruiter about it. But basically it’s a 6 month rotation where you try being an SRE with the option to switch ladders. I don’t know how long you need to be at google before doing it, but I do believe you need good reviews and possibly manager support.
      Nov 22, 2019
  • New oeeL53
    What’s the appeal of SRE?
    Nov 22, 2019 1
    • PayPal gwSL64
      OP
      Reliability, scalability, and availability skill set you get trained for. Also they pay 2/3 your salary for any hour you’re on call but most of the time you’re just on call and don’t have to actually actively do anything.
      Nov 22, 2019
  • Cisco / Eng 🌚💡R
    Pretty sure SRE-SE doesn’t make the same as SRE-SWE
    Nov 26, 2019 0
  • New dalum
    Swe
    Nov 22, 2019 0
  • Oracle wlTa71
    Level of SRE makes a huge difference. I.e. at Staff SW (L6), recruiter indicated no difference in comp between SRE/SWE and SRE/SE. depends on what you truly enjoy, and are strong at.
    Dec 8, 2019 0
  • New / Eng
    dudhevrvu

    New Eng

    PRE
    Google
    dudhevrvumore
    I mean, I’m a SWE and want to move into SRE. They’re very different roles. SRE will use a ton of dev tools, and is more of a mix between traditional IT and software development. You’ll do a lot of automation w/ ansible, plenty of command line stuff, logging, dashboarding, and glue scripts with Python. If you want to code more, go into SWE.
    Nov 22, 2019 0

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