Hi all! What are the differences between senior/staff SWE and software architects? Are architects still a thing? I'm causally searching for a new position (my job had a 50% layoff last month and the survivability of the company is sketchy) and I've noticed senior and staff SWE roles sound like they have a lot of architectural designing and leadership responsibilities while not focusing on coding as much. Is this normal? I love mentoring, but I also don't wanna be in meetings all day. 😕

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Staff engineers are responsible for deploying code to production and being on call while senior engineers aren't expected to do that.

Staff engineers are frequently asked to advise multiple teams on their projects while senior engineers are implanted on their teams.

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