I am curious to hear how you guys feel about the culture at big companies. Do you feel like your leaders and co-workers have empathy? Do you take a interest in thier personal life and vice versa? Do you offer help if they are un-well or going through some issues at home/work? I am new to working at a FANG company and I am finding the culture to be lacking empathy. I am not talking about having workplace parties or team bonding exercises, but general human things like wishing someone to get better or asking them to take rest if they are un-well.
It seems that most people just come in do thier job and leave. Is this a common thing? Or is this more common among SDEs? Or more team dependent? Yes we are working on technology, computers, robots and AI. But we are human first, we don't have to be robots to make them!
How are things in your team? Do you celebrate each other? Does your manager care about your overall well being?
Yes some coworkers have truly become friends and we all show empathy to each other when we see burnout or overworking (at least in my department). We encourage each other to get the well-deserved rest after a big project or a long day. We don’t go too deep into personal life, some opted out of discussing them. But for those who did, like the people that are taking paternity/maternity breaks we celebrate with a gift, card signed by all co-workers and some nice donuts.
Amazonians in my teams truly care about each other’s well being. We celebrate each other. In fact we have a new internal tool called “Accolades” where we send each other publicly announced complements based on LPs. Pretty cute and much appreciated.
You can get a bad manager and some manager won’t care. But when you get a good one that genuinely cares about your personal development, you hit the jackpot and you are on a better track to promotion as your manager fights harder for you.