Facebook bootcamp question

Google / Eng wocky
Dec 22, 2018 8 Comments

How long is Facebook bootcamp?

I'm planning to take over a week of vacation soon after I join and want to time my start date so I can take the PTO right after bootcamp finishes. Would that fly?


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  • Oath pfqy46
    Out of curiosity, are you judged there? As in, if you take 8 weeks or longer, is there a chance that they will dismiss you as a bad hire and would want to get rid of you.
    Dec 22, 2018 3
    • Facebook / Eng NopeNope!
      It’s pretty rare. Your bootcamp mentor keeps tabs on your progress, but it’s more to evaluate if you need extra help and to see how you’re progressing. Bootcamp is not a second interview.
      Dec 22, 2018
    • Facebook TimeSinks
      Your mentor monitors your progress in boot camp but helping you find teams you'd be interested in, help you narrow it down, and make sure you're making progress learning the ropes by doing small tasks. To my knowledge, you can't really fail boot camp and not get a team placement. However I'd not be surprised if they push out really bad hires here on the rare occasion they happen. Like if you show up and do nothing to progress team selection and work on zero boot camp tasks you'd probably not survive boot camp. Team selection is not suppose to be another interview that you need to pass. In theory, you are interviewing the teams. However, if a team doesn't like you, there are many things they can do to stop you from joining the team. And the reality is you probably wouldn't want to join a team that doesn't want you anyway. I've never hear of someone not being able to find a team, but it might happen.
      Dec 22, 2018
    • Facebook Moth
      A tiny number of people don’t make it out of boot camp. This is likely the same number as are dismissed during the first few weeks of any new job. Some people are great at interviewing but just can’t function independently in a real work environment.

      Once you graduate boot camp, your new manager knows nothing about how you did in boot camp. They can see the diffs you landed, of course, but don’t get any report about you struggling or being a rockstar. For me, boot camp was the most fun I ever had. I got paid lots of money to try new things and to learn.
      Dec 22, 2018
  • Facebook / Eng NopeNope!
    Bootcamp is as long as it needs to be. The main criteria for graduating are that you’ve completed team selection, and that your mentor is confident that you’ve learned all you need to sustain successful productivity at Facebook. Most people graduate in 6 to 8 weeks, some longer.
    Dec 22, 2018 0
  • Bloc / Eng cerealbox
    It’s 6 weeks. Just be upfront with the team and let them know you have a previously scheduled thing and they will understand
    Dec 22, 2018 0
  • Juniper Gal Gaddot
    What is this bootcamp? Something specific to Facebook?
    Dec 22, 2018 1
    • Google / Eng wocky
      Yes, it's training for new hires
      Dec 22, 2018