Ex-FB folks how you managed to leave FB on good terms ?

Facebook wlb-sux
May 9 39 Comments

FB’s performance evaluation process is brutal, there’s one review cycle every 3 months.

I got tired of the bad wlb here and used the first quarter of this half for interview preparation and onsites. I didn’t get time to land enough impact.

Though I managed to secure Netflix offer , my manager said I got MM in this mid cycle review and really need to improve. (Posted details in internal fb group https://us.teamblind.com/s/pDWFZbHM).

That’s crazy, it’s so hard to cruise or have side hustle at FB even for a couple of months.

Those who jumped ship from FB, how did you manage to hit MA in your mid-cycle/half end review cycles ?
I feel it’s impossible to prepare without compromising your work at FB.

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TOP 39 Comments
  • Facebook undrpa1d
    Every job I've ever left, I made sure to burn all the bridges. Its WAY more fun and satisfying that way. If I'm leaving, I'm not leaving to come back. That is weak sauce ...
    May 9 10
    • Microsoft oasisred
      Was it always stressful or just recently? Also, how is the code quality at FB?
      May 9
    • Facebook wlb-sux
      OP
      Always stressful, this half I decided I had enough and started preparing for interviews.

      Code quality... lol don’t get me started on that 😂
      May 9
    • Microsoft oasisred
      Are there a lot of politics as well at FB?
      May 9
    • Facebook wlb-sux
      OP
      That’s been my personal experience . Anyways deleting the above comment.
      May 9
    • Microsoft oasisred
      Sounds like Facebook is not great for folks who have families.
      May 9
  • New trmind
    How many hours you work a week, if you had to say? Considering accepting an offer for E5 in infra
    May 9 7
    • Facebook wlb-sux
      OP
      Most of the people at FB work over 45 hours a week.

      I in particular try to not work beyond 45 hours, but that increases the risk of getting MM. This half I messed up because I was preparing to jump ship, otherwise should have been fine.

      In general FB demands long hours and is more stressful due to its stringent performance evaluation, short term/metrics focus, it highly rewards high performers and punishes slackers which creates crazy rat race
      May 9
    • New trmind
      Thanks. Now I’m even more scared lol.
      May 9
    • Facebook wlb-sux
      OP
      There seem to be some good teams at FB as per blind, but I haven’t managed to find them 😂

      I have been in a few teams, and the shitshow was everywhere. That’s why I am leaving.

      If making more money is your top priorities then FB is great for you.

      Also you can get quick promotions at FB, but I don’t think you learn much technically as most of the work is around hacks and patches: most people add hacks on top of hacks to land quick impact and make the management happy
      May 9
    • Facebook fullname
      Yeah, I agree. Wlb sucks. And since most people are just busy hacking crap, I find engineers tech knowledge to be pretty limited.
      May 9
    • Facebook уes
      Lots of great wlb teams. Use bootcamp wisely and you will be fine
      May 10
  • Google OAoK43
    Sounds like a lot of teams at Google too. You will get punished if you fix stuff instead of lanching new things.

    My manager said to me - don't bother cleaning code. I cannot reward you.
    May 9 2
    • Facebook wlb-sux
      OP
      Wow, and everyone thought Google has the best engineering culture 😂
      May 9
    • Google OAoK43
      It probably still is better than other places. Which tells you how bad other places must be.
      May 10
  • Facebook cochococho
    Midcycle rating is a trend and more a signal for you. It doesnt mean you are done even if you do nothing in the following quarter
    May 9 5
    • Facebook wlb-sux
      OP
      But it might influence my manager to mark me as non-regrettable
      May 9
    • Facebook cochococho
      Only in rare cases you get pushed out with a single MM. You shouldnt think you’re done with it
      May 9
    • Facebook wlb-sux
      OP
      I am already leaving for Netflix soon, stuck for 4-5 more weeks here due to h1b transfer crap.

      Any tips on what I should do to leave on good terms ?
      May 9
    • Facebook уes
      Just push yourself to ship some wins. Goes a long way to show you are not checking out
      May 10
    • Agree @yes, Specially towards the end of employment, most people just check out and any significant work done at this stage is a huge positive
      May 10
  • Microsoft / Eng pxXW78
    Which field are you in, product, Infra or ML track ?
    May 9 3
    • Facebook wlb-sux
      OP
      Infra
      May 9
    • Microsoft / Eng pxXW78
      Always heard bad WLB in FB Infra
      May 9
    • Facebook wlb-sux
      OP
      I heard Infra has bad WLB and product has brutal WLB.
      May 9
  • eBay / Eng sfjrngksk
    I am confused, you are leaving fb for a better wlb but you are joining netflix
    May 11 1
    • Facebook wlb-sux
      OP
      Lol, I am going from horrible wlb (FB) to bad wlb (Netflix).

      So I am indeed improving my wlb 😂
      May 11
  • Facebook ksoshdy
    Leave soon. Your mid cycle will not matter and you will be regrettable attrition.
    May 10 1
    • Facebook wlb-sux
      OP
      How soon ? Will leaving before this PSC work ?
      May 10
  • Microsoft / Eng happiee
    What is MM?
    May 9 1
    • Meets Most (objectives). A slightly negative rating.
      May 9
  • What are the various rating levels ?

    Does consistent(2) MM’s or lower lead to a fire ?

    What is the typical route for someone to get fired early (which happens a lot I believe) ? And how long does it take ?
    May 10 0

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