Is it a bad idea to plan to work at FB for only one year?

Facebook ughyghaiqn
Oct 6, 2018 31 Comments

Got the return offer. Signing bonus is too good to pass up for the first year pay (65). 2nd year pay looks pretty bad.

I was thinking of:
Graduate 1 year early => Work FB 1 year => Leave for Google/Airbnb/Lyft/HFT.

I like the company and culture, but I can’t justify the paycut I’d be taking for not transferring.

Am I missing something? Is this a good/bad career move?

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  • Snapchat Hnsb54
    People jump ship after 1 year all the time. But my advice is don’t make any bad decisions for just a couple dozen grand. The money will probably be there a year from now. Stay in college another year and enjoy yourself. Do a minor. Meet new people from all walks of life. You only get to do college once (unless you’re dumb enough to go to grad school).
    Oct 6, 2018 12
    • Facebook ughyghaiqn
      OP
      :( To be honest, I don’t like school very much. I don’t have many genuine friends and I’d rather work.
      Oct 6, 2018
    • Snapchat Hnsb54
      You do you, man. Just know that meeting new people gets a lot harder and requires more initiative once you get into the working world. But you should follow what your heart is telling you, and if it says to graduate early and take the job then just do it and don’t look back.
      Oct 6, 2018
    • Google Clck58
      This is the advice I wish someone gave me ten years ago. Don’t discount how different your social life would be after school.
      Oct 6, 2018
    • Google xkxm
      School time is priceless dont listen to anyone who says otherwise.
      Oct 6, 2018
    • Verizon / Other
      Merkiltumo

      Verizon Other

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      Nothing I could type or not type would or wouldn’t tel someone who I was or wasn’t.
      Merkiltumomore
      While some of it is just nostalgia there is a reason almost everyone would rather be back in school instead of working, work and the finality of now you just work.
      Oct 6, 2018
    • Facebook bfcc
      Graduated early, only regret was not doing internship to better prepare to get a job. Otherwise didn't care much for school.

      I have plenty of time to meet people if I so choose, and lots more money to do things without having to worry about writing reports and homework.
      Oct 6, 2018
    • Vertivco / Eng
      Fast Papua

      Vertivco Eng

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      Fast Papuamore
      How do you get the same opportunity for meeting thousands of new people that a school provides?
      Oct 6, 2018
    • Facebook bfcc
      My office.
      Oct 6, 2018
    • Google xkxm
      Bfcc never experienced what their missing, until they do, they'll never realize how empty they really are.
      Oct 9, 2018
    • Facebook bfcc
      What's your argument? You're vague on why school time is priceless. It seems you don't believe the experiences exist outside of school. What are these priceless experiences that are wholly unique to brick and mortar schools?
      Oct 9, 2018
  • Upstart imherenow
    You can but if you do this a few times it'll hurt your resume. Also if you join and do a great job you might get a raise after 1y.
    Oct 6, 2018 3
    • Google dartmouthz
      I disagree. I have been doing this all the time with 1 year tops.
      Oct 6, 2018
    • Upstart imherenow
      How many times have you done it?
      Oct 6, 2018
    • Vertivco / Eng
      Fast Papua

      Vertivco Eng

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      Fast Papuamore
      Interesting.
      Oct 6, 2018
  • Google / Eng
    ElrondHubb

    Google Eng

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    ElrondHubbmore
    FB 1 year to other top tier company is not going to look bad. Just means u got a better job.
    Oct 6, 2018 0
  • Gannett / Media Yummm
    Other than the practical responses here on career development, you should read the terms of the sign-on bonus as most require you to pay a portion (or all) of the bonus if you leave within X years. The last one I saw was repay 100% if you leave before Year 1 and 50% if you leave between Years 1-2. This can also F you on taxes if not reconciled properly.
    Oct 6, 2018 2
    • State Farm / Eng 599
      How so? Do you end up paying the tax that your company paid when they handed the bonus to you?
      Oct 6, 2018
    • Gannett / Media Yummm
      Well you would pay taxes on the bonus to the IRS. And then the company agreement would require you to pay back the bonus at 100% and it would be up to you to try and recoup the tax money from IRS if that’s even possible.
      Oct 6, 2018
  • Facebook public
    Facepalm, as long as you perform well there's no year 2 drop.
    Oct 6, 2018 3
    • Facebook ughyghaiqn
      OP
      You can get a $65k jump in TC after the first year?
      Oct 6, 2018
    • Facebook public
      Bonuses, refresher, raise, and potentially a promo... if companies really paid less in year 2 wouldn't everyone move? Sign on bonuses are historically used to hold you over until vesting but not where you are going to make a significant amount of money (excluding china of course).
      Oct 6, 2018
    • Apple lurkoutman
      This has been studied. 2 years is the magic average number in the Bay Area. And yes, almost always, early carear you can jump higher by moving than staying.
      Oct 6, 2018
  • State Farm / Eng 599
    I’d say take it get some experience under your belt and the first year signing bonus. If you’re not happy with your compensation/work, get other offers from companies that you want to move to or use those offers as leverage for a higher salary at FB.
    Oct 6, 2018 0
  • Facebook Moth
    Nothing wrong with this if you can get another offer. Facebook won't hire you from industry unless you're at least IC4. Not sure what other companies policies are.
    Oct 6, 2018 0
  • Apple lurkoutman
    On average you have to move around every two years in your 20s to end up with a top tier salary (I didn’t go this route though). I wouldn’t rack up too many one years myself - not worth the extra signing bonus in the regular case - in the long run that’s small potatoes vs the trade offs. One time at the start could be an interesting choice if you invest that money wisely.
    Oct 6, 2018 0
  • Vertivco / Eng
    Fast Papua

    Vertivco Eng

    PRE
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    Fast Papuamore
    What is HFT? Hillary Fuckin' Trump?
    Oct 6, 2018 1
    • State Farm / Eng 599
      High frequency trading.
      Oct 6, 2018
  • Square / Eng Baje
    My last 2 job hops were 1 year each before landing somewhere that compensated me well and I genuinely liked working at.

    Not only would I say hopping after a year is common I’d actually encourage it until you find a great fit!
    Oct 6, 2018 0

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