The Software Development Engineer (SDE) experience is a unique one at Amazon. Teams are structured in small groups with a strong impetus to innovate, drive end to end ownership and meet critical business goals. Fresh college graduates get to rub shoulders with outstanding software engineers and researchers with industry leading technical abilities, solving challenging engineering problems that affect millions of Amazon customers. Engineers also get to collaborate and work with teams across the globe, in the process being exposed to a range of technologies, best practices and solution patterns. Our brown bag sessions and Principal talks are among the most popular presentations with healthy debate and a cross pollination of ideas. All this contributes to the grooming of the ‘fungible’ Amazon engineer who has exemplary technical skills, sharp business acumen and a strong drive to get things done.
There are a number of engineering teams based out of Amazon's Chennai engineering center engaged in solving hard problems in increasing selection, providing convenience and lowering costs for Kindle’s customers. Given Amazon’s scale of operations, many of these problems are a first of their kind and need innovative, out of the box thinking. Engineers working on them often have to dig through their basics on core computer science fundamentals like algorithms and data structures to come up with simple yet elegant solutions.