Facebook vs Airbnb

Facebook geass
Aug 9, 2018 17 Comments

I'm a new grad and I got both offers from these two companies in Seattle office. The level is IC4 of software engineer. The base and sign-on/relocation are the same. RSUs look very close after considering the liquidity discount. I did internships at both companies so I roughly know the pros and cons of each company. This topic may appear before, but I just want to hear the different opinions, especially these following two aspects:

1. Airbnb Seattle office is quite small, even though relocated to the new permanent office. The manager of the team I'll join physically works in San Francisco and I'm not sure whether it can significantly affect my future career.

2. Facebook WLB does not look very good. I have family (no child) and I may need more free time. I'm not sure whether I'll still need to work very hard at Seattle to complete the 33-month promo mission since I probably have to highly compete with the young and energetic peers.

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TOP 17 Comments
  • Uber FLOh38
    Don't join either imo. Try for Google or Uber.
    Aug 9, 2018 5
    • Uber FLOh38
      I have worked at Google and Uber and have friends in Facebook/Airbnb.
      Aug 9, 2018
    • Facebook geass
      OP
      My resume was not selected by Uber. Don't know the reason.
      Aug 9, 2018
    • Facebook geass
      OP
      Also may I know why both companies are not very good choice?
      Aug 9, 2018
    • New forever
      Why is google better?
      Aug 9, 2018
    • Amazon tBnv11
      I'm not considering uber for new grad cause their new grad offer is uncompetitive
      Aug 9, 2018
  • LinkedIn Jef bezoz
    Airbnb culture sucks at the moment. Heard a lot of bad reviews recently. Might change in a year’s time.
    Aug 9, 2018 1
    • Facebook geass
      OP
      Is it mainly because Airbnb didn't plan to do IPO at this year?
      Aug 9, 2018
  • Apple / Eng Marijuana
    > The manager of the team I'll join physically works in San Francisco and I'm not sure whether it can significantly affect my future career.

    This is not ideal for new grads. Either ask to work in SF as well (you can always go back to Seattle after a year or two), or ask for a team with a manager in the same office.

    Alternatively, go to the other company.
    Aug 9, 2018 1
    • Facebook geass
      OP
      Thanks for your suggestion.
      Aug 9, 2018
  • Tesla LEETCODER
    No pick the team where you will learn the most. Also having the manager remote might be an issue for promotion. But you should talk to your hm at Airbnb once again and bring this up. No harm in asking how he/she handles reviews when their ic is remote.

    Since you are a new grad I suggest you pick a team where you will grow vs what you hear on blind about culture, wlb, etc.
    Aug 9, 2018 1
    • Facebook geass
      OP
      Yes, you're right. I should ask how the review will look like for the remote employees. But on the other hand, I feel it's hard to tell whether I can truly learn more from one team than the other one, even in the same company. I feel it depends a lot on the team manager; however, I don't know anything about the recent Seattle Facebook teams before the bootcamp starts.
      Aug 9, 2018
  • Uber Rossi46
    What is 33-month promo mission? Why 33?
    Aug 9, 2018 4
    • Facebook geass
      OP
      Don't know why 33 months, but before 33 months ic4 has to be promoted to ic5.
      Aug 9, 2018
    • Uber Rossi46
      I think that’s should be fine unless you perform poorly. Don’t too worry about that.
      Aug 9, 2018
    • Microsoft Asdf37
      Did you get L4 offers for new grad? Do you have phd?
      Aug 9, 2018
    • Facebook geass
      OP
      Yes, I'm a new phd grad.
      Aug 9, 2018

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