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Solution ArchitectΒ a year ago

How do you move from solutions architect to SDM?

I was an engineering manager in a small company before. I joined as a senior SA at Amazon.

I would like to go back to engineering manager role (SDM) than being an SA.

Any tips?

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Amazon
Solutions architect
San Francisco
Total per year
$300K
Level
L6
Base
$180K
Total stock grant
$90
Bonus
$80K
Years at company
1 Year
Years exp
17 Years
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AlwaysRockSoftware EngineerΒ a year ago
If you have been there for 1 year it shouldn't be too difficult. At non fang companies It would be pretty easy to explain that you wanted to try the fang game and a SA role was the best fit at the time and you took it. After a year you realized it was a good learning experience but being an engineering manager was a better fit for your background. Amazon has a lot of room to move internally as well. You could ask around but as long as you are doing well there I have heard they are very supportive of movement internally. If you want to join another fang/fang + company as an engineering manager it might be a little harder but it would still be possible. I would just explain your situation. You will likely get interviews so its just a process of preparing for them well.
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