In FAANG do new joiners always get new hardware?

Research Now / Eng Hooohaaa
Jun 3, 2018 25 Comments

In my old company I got a MBP from 2013. I always hated it. The company has a policy to buy hardware only when there is nothing sitting on internal shelves. But since the churn is high in company they always have old notebooks for new joiners.

I fucking hate every moment of working on an old MBP. My happiness is determined by TC + latest Apple hardware.

What about in FAANG companies? Do new joiners get new hardware or just old notebooks sitting on shelves?

Did anyone get the new Mac Pro desktop? Specially if working on ML type stuff?

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  • Google / Eng Neopets 😍
    We don’t use Mac Pro desktop from anywhere I’ve seen. We have HP desktops that have gLinux on it.
    Jun 3, 2018 3
    • Research Now / Eng Hooohaaa
      OP
      Not even MBP? It’s all plastic hardware from HP?
      Jun 3, 2018
    • Google HEJRHR
      We have the latest MBP when you join. We also have a Mac desktop you can pick for your desktop if you're a SWE.
      Jun 3, 2018
    • Google yue
      Mac hardware is pretty much useless unless you are working in iOS apps.
      Jun 3, 2018
  • Facebook public
    Get whatever you want that makes you productive. Never understood why a company would pay someone so much but try to nickle and dime them on a tax deductable efficiency tool.
    Jun 3, 2018 0
  • Google yue
    At G, the only thing I use my MBP for is listening to Spotify or YouTube. For rest it's pretty much useless.
    Jun 3, 2018 8
    • Google yue
      Well only what happens in the terminal will be using the processing capability of desktop. For chrome, IDE and other applications would still run on MBP.
      Jun 3, 2018
    • Amazon bananamaan
      So, you're actually running IDE on laptop while code is on a remote drive? That setup is allowed at Google?
      Jun 3, 2018
    • Google yue
      Code is never on the local laptop or desktop. It is on a remote drive anyways. You make modifications locally, but it gets synced quickly.
      Jun 3, 2018
    • LinkedIn frontend
      Can you get iMac or Mac Pro as a desktop computer? What do you use if you need to work at home?
      Jun 3, 2018
    • Google yue
      You can use Mac as desktop. But unless you are working on iOS stuff, it's pretty much useless. You would need to have some linux machine.

      WFH is generally SSH to my desktop. But then you don't work that seriously from home as office.
      Jun 3, 2018
  • Amazon bananamaan
    I think I got a used laptop when I joined but new hires are getting new MBPs or Windows laptops (employee's choice). Refresh after 3 years.
    Jun 3, 2018 3
    • Amazon Ambot
      I just hired 3 people. 1 got a “new” HP which is the same one they’ve been issuing for 2 years, but it was NIB. The other two got used ones with stickers from past employees.
      Jun 3, 2018
    • Amazon bananamaan
      What roles? Mostly SDE/AS around me.
      Jun 3, 2018
    • Amazon Ambot
      All product here. SDEs get separate budgets to circumvent the company policy which I mentioned in another post.
      Jun 3, 2018
  • Microsoft / Eng
    Babbler

    Microsoft Eng

    BIO
    Waste Management, Bartender, expert systems (classified), Unix, Windows
    Babblermore
    New hire engineers always get new hardware
    Jun 3, 2018 1
    • Tango Health / Eng rawblonde
      What kind of hardware they get to choose?
      Jun 21, 2018
  • Amazon Ambot
    Amazon is whatever’s on the shelf. The computer can be 4 years old before it’s cycled out but that’s 4 years from purchase date. So they’ve pulled some shady shit like purchasing 2013 MBP and saying it’s only 2 years old because they bought it “new” in 2016.

    That said if you’re an SDE your manager will buy you basically whatever you want and circumvent the policy. The rest of us product plebes are stuck with whatever shit is left over.
    Jun 3, 2018 1
    • Amazon / Eng
      TCYOE-GTFO

      Amazon Eng

      PRE
      Morgan Stanley
      TCYOE-GTFOmore
      Frugality. Amazon don't care bout us.
      Jun 3, 2018
  • New / Eng
    Luffy, M.D

    New Eng

    PRE
    Facebook
    BIO
    Prematurely grumpy old man
    Luffy, M.Dmore
    FB was new for new full time, not sure for contractors.
    Jun 3, 2018 0
  • Research Now / Eng Hooohaaa
    OP
    Productivity is one thing happiness is another .... I am productive on many machines but happy only on a new shinny precious MBP or Mac Pro
    Jun 3, 2018 0
  • VMware / Eng vmgaga
    New hardware on join, hw refresh every three years or even earlier with manager approval.
    Jun 3, 2018 0

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