How to exceed expectations

Undisclosed sDHG93
Oct 30, 2018 11 Comments

I keep hearing here that people have to exceed expectations to receive bigger bonuses/awards. As a SWE at FANG, what do you typically have to do to exceed expectations? How do you even know what exactly you need to do for that? Do you sit with your manager to define goals earlier so that you know exactly what target(s) are to be achieved by you?

Edit: are you told earlier what rewards you would get if you achieved high performance rating?

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  • Undisclosed Giyrxgkk
    Usually this has to do more with politics than really exceeding expectations, so make sure you're on your manager's shortlist long before you actually put effort in 'exceeding expectations'.
    Oct 30, 2018 1
    • PayPal Yellowp
      Politics, good relationship with manager and also the skips. Make sure you have visibility in the org as well. People should know you.
      Oct 31, 2018
  • Undisclosed strategize
    In order to exceed expectations, you need to set them first. Pro-tip: try to keep the bar low enough so you can exceed it, yet high enough to show your current value.
    Oct 30, 2018 1
    • Intel Ia64
      This may not work as you are compared against peers in your grade. If you are not setting realistic expectations that are comparable to your peers, you are going to fail in any case.
      Oct 30, 2018
  • Apple ijyA68
    As others have said, exceeding expectations is about politics. I’ve been on teams where I always “exceeded expectations” because the boss wanted to give me a bigger raise/bonus regardless, and teams where no matter what I did there was zero chance of exceeding expectations. The trick is to know your situation. You don’t want to work super hard if there is zero upside.
    Oct 31, 2018 0
  • Amazon timeout
    See what the SWE in the next level are doing, and try to do those things. But first, you have to get Manager’s buy-in. Your manager might be working on promoting someone else and won’t be happy if you are in the way.
    Oct 31, 2018 0
  • Google bassistant
    Determine first what the expectations are.
    Then exceed them.
    Oct 31, 2018 0
  • Amazon xgIO00
    Try to do more than whatever managers ask you
    Oct 30, 2018 0
  • Facebook Dirvrixb
    Exactly.
    Oct 30, 2018 0
  • Intel UrMomma
    Make sure you set the bar low enough the short people can’t get over it and you can.
    Nov 1, 2018 0
  • Facebook lXMb75
    Be nice to people.
    Oct 31, 2018 0

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