Considering FB interview...

T-Mobile AngusMcG
Sep 21, 2017 13 Comments

I've been offered an interview at FB to work as a senior software engineer on new automation engines like FBOSS. The job sounds extremely interesting and like it's a great place to continue growing.

I am new to the area, overqualified for T-mobile, and nervous about interviewing. Any thoughts on the culture? Is ageism as rampant there as rumors say? Is the interview process a killer? What is job stability like there?

Any feedback is appreciated. Thanks!

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  • SmartThings smartpm
    At this point just attend, clear the interview and get the offer. Worry about accepting / rejecting the offer later. Interviews itself will be challenging, focus your time and energy on that, all the best :-)
    Sep 21, 2017 0
  • Facebook tfCM21
    As one of the 'quite older' persons at FB, I wouldn't say it's ageist. However there seems to be almost a dismissal of any of your experience before FB as relevant that I find frustrating. I don't expect instant credibility because of my past experience, but it does have some relevance so working in a culture that seems to resist acknowledging that there was life before FB can be challenging at times. That said, the Seattle office seems to have a higher percentage of old people :-).
    Sep 22, 2017 3
    • Microsoft / Eng
      Wheretogo

      Microsoft Eng

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      Wheretogomore
      Could you tell us where you were before FB and how competitive your peers at FB are compared to previous company?
      Sep 22, 2017
    • Facebook
      67tcFx

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      67tcFxmore
      Rather not disclose where I was before, but suffice to say it was a big company, but not based on the west coast. I feel like a lot of the things I've experienced at FB are in part a cultural difference in Silicon Valley based companies. As to competitiveness of peers, I think this depends on the team and your function - and whether you're an IC or manager. I'd say FB felt more competitive, but I felt the most competitive with myself if that makes any sense? It was hard to ever feel like anything was enough. But I think a lot of that was down to the team I was on and the ambiguity of my particular role. In the end, FB wasn't for me. But I don't blame FB or myself - just not a match and I knew that pretty soon after I started.
      Sep 24, 2017
    • Microsoft / Eng
      Wheretogo

      Microsoft Eng

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      Hate coding quizzes but studying hard for better future!
      Wheretogomore
      Thanks for the detailed explanation.
      Sep 24, 2017
  • Uber Hellboo
    Highly unstable jobs can be found at fb
    Sep 21, 2017 2
    • T-Mobile AngusMcG
      OP
      Unstable as in a lot of layoffs?
      Sep 21, 2017
    • LinkedIn / Eng neokolor
      This guy doesn’t know what he’s talking about. FB doesn’t have layoffs especially not in eng. Your worry should he passing the interviews.
      Sep 22, 2017
  • T-Mobile AngusMcG
    OP
    Any suggestions on what to expect or how to prepare for a coding interview at FB?
    Sep 21, 2017 1
    • Google yeeehaw
      Leetcode tagged facebook
      Sep 22, 2017
  • Oculus
    CodePaster

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    CodePastermore
    Interviews are tough but I think FB is worth it. I don't think ageism is that bad, plenty of older folks here but tons of new grads too, I think it's a good mix
    Sep 21, 2017 1
    • Microsoft / Project
      pozlq0

      Microsoft Project

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      pozlq0more
      Agree I have myself worked with some of the folks at Facebook who were quite older than I am but they were doing fine
      Sep 22, 2017
  • Facebook n00b🤔
    OP, how old are you ?
    Sep 23, 2017 0