How is working with smart folks at FAANG?
I’m thinking about interviewing at FB/Netflix. Got a couple offers 2 years ago but turned them down at the time.
I am currently at a startup where money is good (I was early and with the liquidity I am eating getting from the equity it evens out with the amount I could make at FAANG essentially) but I feel my peers are not as talented as I would like, I’m always the one trying to learn best practices and new stuff, others are mostly looking to get by and “hide” bugs. Hell, most people don’t even bother respecting coding conventions we have, and their code gets reviewed and merged just fine.
Is the idea of getting into FAANG purely to work with senior smart people I can learn from (and not $$) a fallacy? Will I be happy or will I quickly realize that people are average OR people are compartmentalized enough that one can’t effectively learn from the brightest OR the environment is so competitive that everyone is against the other and the brightest will throw me under the bus since I’m not as talented?