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Imposter Syndrome at FANG

CourseraLolololilo
Mar 12

I’m joining FB in a month an as IC. It’s a new role on a new team. I’ll help set the vision and create something new. Design role, not eng. I’m excited but very nervous that I’m not prepared and in over my head. I don’t even know what I don’t know. I think this is what they call imposter syndrome..

Any suggestions for how to prepare in my travel time before starting? Reach out to the team and ask what they’d like from me to hit the ground running on day 1? What has helped you? I’ve already taken the relevant Coursera courses for the role ;)

Thanks in advance.

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  • TableauNoone1
    Which company are you joining? Which FAANG? You are overthinking this.
    Mar 121
  • Amazon / Eng
    LAX👏🏻

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    I reached out the the manager and he recommended things to learn that were not very relevant to the role. You can spend weeks learning something that is not used at all on a daily basis. I would just start reading the basics about the company that you are joining, what their products are and how they fit into a larger picture. This helped me tackle the syndrome. Also your first few months you can ask stupid questions as much as you'd like. After half a year that privilege is gone unfortunately :)
    Mar 120
  • Netflixfs92
    If it's Netflix, I could provide useful information if you DM me. If it's not, I can only provide useless platitudes.
    Mar 121
  • Netflixfs92
    The best advice I have is to tell you that the vast, vast majority of people have impostor syndrome. Everyone puts on a front.
    Mar 120
  • FacebookNinjya
    FB design isn’t great so you’ll be fine and hopefully can improve the company
    Mar 120
  • Wing it till you make it. This is how people grow.
    Mar 120
  • TeslaWuVV67
    What is 'IC'?
    Mar 124
    • Individual contributor
      Mar 12
    • TeslaWuVV67
      Interesting. What does it involve?
      Mar 12
    • Amazon / Eng
      Hooliganss

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      Hooliganssmore
      Essentially the bottom of the leadership totem pole (with exceptions made for senior/principal roles, etc).
      Mar 13
    • TeslaWuVV67
      I'm curious to know more. Sent you a private message.
      Mar 13
  • I’ve always suffered from reverse imposter syndrome - I’m convinced everyone I work with is an idiot 😂
    Mar 120
  • AppleDpprna
    Dont worry, working for FANG means nothing. Most ppl have no clue what they are doing, about 10% do and keep things afloat. During your time there you will question many times how the products actually work in the end. Never thought engineering would have so many incompetent and careless people, especially in SV.
    Mar 122
    • Amazongxddbov
      Once you see how the sausage is made, you'll never eat it again, right? Working at AWS has mostly just taught me that the internet has no right to work as well as it does.
      Mar 12
    • Amazon
      唔撚系掛

      Amazon

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      I remember, those who stayed the longest at the beer bash tends to have the worst performance.
      Mar 12
  • FacebookmGsL38
    Ask the recruiter or hiring manager if you will be going to Design Bootcamp. Engineer Bootcamp is up to six weeks long and it is a great way to get acclimated to Facebook. There us a design Bootcamp but probably only two or three weeks long.
    Mar 130

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