Joining FB in a few weeks as EM, having Imposter Syndrome now.

Microsoft htdfhjc
May 8 32 Comments

Current job: Very good WLB, mature team, everybody respect me, good connections with senior leaders.
New gig: Infamous for its like-hell WLB, unknown team and leadership, have to start from scratch.

Having Imposter Syndrome now, doubting whether I can be successful in a cut-throat environment, even imaging get fired after a few review cycles.

Please give me some confidence, or give me some horror stories to scare me away. How difficult/easy is it for an Engineering Manager to ramp up at Facebook? Any tips on being a kick-ass EM at Facebook? How is EM's turn over rate?

Edit: one more thing, I don't write code for years, does that have an impact to my success at FB?

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  • Cisco follow
    You are showing sign that you are not over confident and ready for hardwork to learn more, do more and achieve more. That is the definition of imposter syndrome for highly capable people. Congrats for being in this situation.
    May 9 1
    • Microsoft htdfhjc
      OP
      Appreciate your comment.
      May 9
  • Facebook public2
    Relax. Once you start you will quickly learn wlb is great and the environment is not at all cut throat as a tiny minority of binders claim it to be. Congrats!
    May 8 1
    • Microsoft htdfhjc
      OP
      Sounds too good to be true! Thank you for the positivity. :)
      May 8
  • Amazon / Eng acef
    I'm in a similar boat, got E6 offer. Everyone is talking about high expectations and bad wlb. 🤔
    May 8 2
    • Microsoft htdfhjc
      OP
      I don't even know how to code. :-)
      May 8
    • Indeed / Eng pipe
      Most managers dont code, unless you are managing a 2 person team
      May 8
  • Apple cartersII
    How do you have imposter syndrome when you haven’t joined?
    May 8 2
    • Oscar 🐨koala
      It’s anxiety. He got hired, he has self doubt, he’s probably worried he is not fit to do the job despite passing the interviews.

      “Impostor syndrome (also known as impostor phenomenon, impostorism, fraud syndrome or the impostor experience) is a psychological pattern in which an individual doubts his or her accomplishments and has a persistent internalized fear of being exposed as a "fraud".[1] “
      May 8
    • BBDO sxYo02
      I mean if he was able to reverse a linked list in the interview he should feel super confident right?
      May 11
  • Intel apsodj
    Just remember, it’s all to sell ads.
    May 8 0
  • Amazon etsT03
    How was the em interview?
    May 8 3
    • Microsoft htdfhjc
      OP
      Coding (1.5x round) is at E5 bar, system design (2x round) is at E6 bar, then the rest is leadership/management, i.e. people management, project initiatives, career development, etc.
      May 8
    • Amazon betsman
      What was the topic of coding?
      May 8
    • BBDO sxYo02
      @Amazon - good question I'd like to know too. OP said he hadn't coded in years so curious what the coding questions were for a manger role.

      Was is just FizzBuzz to see if you're not a total idiot?
      May 11
  • Oscar 🐨koala
    If you can make it through EM... you are probably pretty good!! One thing I learned is to ultize the team more. Good luck. TC YoE?
    May 8 1
    • Oscar 🐨koala
      Yeah I am early in my career but I have the same fear and everyday I walk into my office I fear I won’t get my daily task resolved and colleagues would think I am stupid. I just try to make sure I have good relationship with colleagues and ask them for help whenever. I don’t try to outsmart. Be nice to them and they will (hopefully) be nice to you. When I don’t know what to do I let my colleagues talk and I take notes. Then when I work hard to get a solution working and people see the positives.
      May 8
  • New / Eng dfg6#$
    TC and YOE? Are you a manager now? At what level you switched?
    May 8 0
  • Amazon azmix
    Please write some decent code during your bootcamp. As an EM, if you don’t know what you are doing, you’ll be asked to leave within first year :-)
    May 8 5
    • Microsoft htdfhjc
      OP
      Why boot camp matters?
      May 8
    • Amazon azmix
      Because everyone can see your commits :-) But it really helps with understanding dev environment, tools, infrastructure, systems, and development practices.
      May 8
    • Microsoft htdfhjc
      OP
      I see. I am not writing code for a while, managing 8-12 ppl over the years. Facebook team specifically asked me whether I want to take a team that managers still code, which is not normal. I said I don't code much any more.
      May 8
    • Amazon azmix
      Engineering managers that don’t write code at Facebook - that’s something new.
      May 8
    • Microsoft htdfhjc
      OP
      WOW, that increased my anxiety.
      May 8
  • Facebook gEKd54
    Good luck!
    Dont be a kiss ass manager please.

    You should really focus on the team + immediate xfn and what you bring to the table in that dynamic
    May 8 2
    • Microsoft htdfhjc
      OP
      What is xfn?
      May 8
    • Facebook gEKd54
      Cross functional- the people on the team that are not eng (design, data science, product manager, etc)
      May 9
  • Twitter TwtrUp
    Good luck! I am sure you will do great! :)
    May 8 1
    • Microsoft htdfhjc
      OP
      Thank you!
      May 8
  • Intuit ieschjud
    What’s EM?
    May 8 1
    • New / Eng RzOT50
      Engineering manager
      May 8
  • Amazon / Eng bootcamp!
    @OP, Have you joined Facebook? What's the experience like?
    Jun 3 0

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