Leave a cushy job for FAANG?

New ktFx33
Oct 28, 2018 19 Comments

I’m sure lots of people are in this position. I have 6 yoe and have worked with the same code base for 5 years. I’ve had meaningful impact but current problems are solved by me almost in autopilot. Many of my colleagues have been there 20+ years.

6 months ago I’ve been telling people this is my dream job and I will never leave. Fast forward I’ve been leetcoding and some of my friends at FAANG want me to take a shot. If I stay, I might regret in my old age for not having lived up to my potential. If I leave and regret it, that would suck. I’m leaning towards no balls no glory but the older you get the easier it is to give into fear.

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TOP 19 Comments
  • Facebook Foofoofoo
    Get an offer first. If you get an offer at all, and it's amazing, take it. If it's not, stay.
    Oct 28, 2018 0
  • Jet.com JHG889
    FAANG Party is about to end do it fast
    Oct 28, 2018 2
    • Gusto huehuehueh
      What do you mean?
      Oct 28, 2018
    • Northrop Grumman iCallBS
      Agreed, I don’t think tech will stay fun loving for too much longer
      Oct 28, 2018
  • Square / Eng SQ
    Go do something actually worthwhile. You can always come back when you want to retire.
    Oct 28, 2018 0
  • LinkedIn Infra
    This is not an interesting question. Interviewing doesn't incur a real risk. Getting an offer is not risky. Working at one of those companies is also not risky.

    Risky would be joining a startup with less that 100 people, where your equity could be worthless.

    Both your options seem very safe to me.
    Oct 28, 2018 0
  • Amazon mxKendncnd
    I also left a cushy job to join Amazon. To be honest, it’s been really really hard. Sometimes I do wish I had taken it easy. I went from great WLB to never being home. But it’s opened so many doors for me I still consider all the stress and long days worth it.
    Oct 28, 2018 0
  • New / Eng New / Eng
    If you don't burn bridges you can always try to come back at your old job, and even try to negotiate salary.
    Oct 28, 2018 0
  • Apple franciscan
    It’s not just about FAANG, but what team at what FAANG company. Each team can have a different culture depending on their product or position of influence in the company.

    To add to what foofoofoo said about just interviewing and seeing if you get an offer: assuming you like working with your current team at current co., see how you feel about the team you interview with, when you do interview. Take the posture of “interviewing the company” and the team as well.

    Watch out for red flags of people seeming really tired and burnt out, and other things that smell of toxic culture or really bad WLB. Ask each interviewer how they feel about the work there, observe closely how they answer, and let that inform whether you’d feel you’d thrive on the team and with these very people.

    If the flags are too many for that position, and you choose to stay put, arguably that mitigates regret about taking it. Then maybe interview with another team in the future that hopefully is healthier and more along your lines.

    There’s also the perspective of taking *any* offer just to get your foot into the door, and stick out whatever toxicity for a couple of years and then transfer to another team or company within SV.

    But you do you!

    I was kinda in your position 4 years ago before moving to SV. Was content at my cushy job. But the team I ended up interviewing with really suited me (and me them), so now here I am 4 years later.

    But at the time, where that helped was give me a little more nonchalant, nothing-to-lose attitude when interviewing, while still being engaged and eager. Vs. being overeager and all “OMG IM INTERVIEWING AT FAANG I HAVE TO BE PERFECT”, which can be a turnoff for interviewers, to say the least.
    Oct 28, 2018 0
  • Apple Kim cook
    Come work for FAANG. Believe me you won’t regret.
    Oct 28, 2018 0
  • Nielsen / Eng

    Nielsen Eng

    Looks like there's a consensus.
    Oct 28, 2018 0
  • New / Eng ////
    You will have different worries when you are old. And fang will not be one of them. Ask your parents about what is important to them to get a perspective.
    Oct 28, 2018 2
    • New ktFx33
      How did you vote?
      Oct 28, 2018
    • New / Eng ////
      I did not vote. My point is it does not matter in the long run when you have kids, hobby and goals in your life.
      If you do not have anything above, go for fang.
      I am not old, but I have all of that I mentioned, and prefer endorfin, sirotonin and adrenalin, even though staring at the computer screen is still exciting.
      Oct 28, 2018
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    • New ktFx33
      It’s at the bottom of the post
      Oct 28, 2018
  • Apple iWork
    Just do it for the experience, the interviewing process alone is a lot of fun and if you get hired, as long as you don’t burn bridges at your current company you can come back after a few years with a lot of experience and some street cred (which can help you and your company if you work with external clients). It’s a great way to see how big companies work. I did this about ten years ago and don’t regret it - learned a lot. Just have a very clear exit plan if this is not what you want to do longterm - a lot of people get sucked into the culture or the monetary compensation and get stuck - it doesn’t become a learning experience anymore and it sucks their soul.
    Oct 29, 2018 0
  • Chegg snt124
    It sounds like you are a good employee and have spent a reasonable amount of time at your company.

    Do you think if you leave, and end up hating FAANG, that your employer would take you back? It sounds like if you leave and do it respectfully, you can keep that back up door open
    Oct 28, 2018 0
  • Amazon Overpriced
    Yup I left for amazon. I don’t regret it but miss it some days especially with culture here. The nice thing is I left on really good terms and would be able to return as a contractor and command a much higher salary going back if I wanted to.
    Oct 28, 2018 0
  • Cisco Xaas
    Dude you only live once. What do want to look back and see when you’re retired?
    Oct 28, 2018 0


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