AMA Request: FANG hiring managers

Intuit nilops
Dec 3, 2017 26 Comments

What’s your take on leetcode?
Any organizational constraints keeping you or your team from implementing radical ideas?
Why would I want to work at a FANG besides the compensation?
How do you manage tech debt?
What are the leading causes of “no hire” for an otherwise hirable candidate?

Sorry in advance, could only tag 3 companies ;)

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  • Google hMrK14
    Leading cause of no hire: blowing two interviews of five. Or only doing OK and not blowing away any of the interviewers.
    Dec 4, 20172
    • Facebook 🐢🐙🐷!
      Rephrase: leading cause of no hire is not being among the top 5% of interviewees. The top 5% don’t blow 2 out of 5 interviews, so neither can you.

      See how much better that sounds?
      Dec 4, 2017
    • Google hMrK14
      Thank you kind sir for your rephrasing and tutalage.
      Dec 4, 2017
  • Facebook Sona
    Manager here in data science. AMA.
    Dec 4, 201718
    • KPMG users_824
      Why did you tag kpmg in response to my question?
      Dec 4, 2017
    • Facebook Sona
      Cuz your name is too long to type. It’s easier to say kpmg since you’re the only kpmg employee on this thread
      Dec 4, 2017
    • KPMG users_824
      Oh sorry I didn't see someone else asked a question and you were responding to them before me.

      I see a lot of analyst roles where python and stats are listed under desired or preferred. Is it pretty much implied that someone should be pretty experienced with these skills to have a chance at getting an analyst job at a FANG company even if most of the other requirements are met?
      Dec 4, 2017
    • Facebook Sona
      I don’t know about analysts. The title has a wide range. Definitely as a data scientist
      Dec 4, 2017
    • KPMG users_824
      What do data analysts on your team do?
      Dec 4, 2017
    • Facebook Sona
      Also some places may prefer R over python
      Dec 4, 2017
    • New / Product3.14
      Sona whats your take on post grad student of data science who has minimal working experience? (But cool school projects)
      Dec 4, 2017
    • Facebook Sona
      Sounds like a good candidate for an entry level role with good mentors
      Dec 4, 2017
    • Netflix sMJq56
      %a),7#¢
      Dec 4, 2017
    • Netflix sMJq56
      N as a
      Dec 4, 2017
  • Google hMrK14
    Leetcode: seems like a good way to practice coding questions. I will drill into your answers, and ask follow up / extension questions, so I don't care if you are leet-prepped.
    Dec 4, 20170
  • Google hMrK14
    Tech debt: like any other company. Constant pressure from PMs to build new features needs eng to offset with need to clean up as you go. Generally that is supported. Main way is to not make debt as you go -- eg always build tests for new code, refactor on the fly, etc. And Google requires 2 reviewers on each change; don't ever try to skimp on quality of reviews.
    Dec 4, 20170
  • Google hMrK14
    Why a FANG? Great IT and HR infrastructure - you focus on just doing stuff. Great people who you learn from all the time. Not very fiscally tight so room to try things that will likely fail. Crazy scale -- how do you build robust, massive systems that everything is going to try to hack? Etc.
    Dec 4, 20170
  • Google hMrK14
    Radical ideas: heck my entire team exists for a radical idea that will likely not make it to launch. That said, you get only so much room to try something radical before you have to convince mgmt that it is worth investing in for longer, or adding heads, etc. And at Google, there is a heavy burden of privacy, security, etc right out of the gate. Important, but can get in way.
    Dec 4, 20170

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