LinkedIn better than FANG

Accenture newbieSF
Jul 5 28 Comments

I’d rather work for LinkedIn than Facebook, Apple, Netflix or Google. Great SF location, generous compensation and benefits, great work life balance, product is more ethical (non addictive, consumer isn’t the product), good food... why would anyone choose to work for FANG? (Other than perhaps, brand name)

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  • LinkedIn Kwofjrjw
    Tech isn't super great. Internal tools are pretty garbage. Compensation may be good but it's less predictable compared to G/FB, e.g. you don't really know how much you'll get in refreshers, where as G/FB have more predictable targets.
    Jul 5 8
    • MongoDB tlb_miss
      Can you ELI5 refreshers?
      Jul 6
    • LinkedIn databus
      LI pays for performance, which means they don’t guarantee a set amount of RSUs every year. They distribute additional RSUs after every performance cycle only to high performers (aka they really want to keep you). Other companies like Google guarantee additional RSUs every year, hence “refreshers”
      Jul 6
    • MongoDB tlb_miss
      So you're saying that the RSUs that they give in the compensation aren't guaranteed? Or do you mean additional RSUs on top of that?
      Jul 7
    • LinkedIn databus
      RSUs on top of that. That’s why they’re called refreshers.
      Jul 7
    • LinkedIn Kwofjrjw
      Pay for performance is BS. Facebook and Google also don't guarantee anything but they have targets so that if you're going well you have a rough idea of what you can expect. The main thing is that LinkedIn just doesn't budget enough in RSU's to reward everyone properly, so some people end up getting nothing and others get everything.
      Jul 8
  • Google Want a 🍪?
    1) WLB and culture: Li > FANG
    2) Initial TC: N > Li > Fb/G > A
    3) Refreshers: Fb/G > Li
    4) Perks: Li/G/Fb/N > A
    5) Brand (according to blind): G > Fb/N >Li > A
    6) Tech: G > Fb/N/A > Li
    7) Ethics: ? > Fb

    I’ll be joining Li soon
    Jul 5 4
    • Accenture TechieSF
      Me too. WLB, culture, TC, perks are super important. I couldn’t work for FB due to ethics (though I might interview to try to get a basis for a counteroffer). I don’t much care about brand or tech. Skipping the long commute to work every day would be amazing.
      Jul 5
    • Netflix / Eng LoveDeathR
      I wonder what perks G has over N besides gym. Netflix allowed you to Uber to/from office. 2 weeks paid dependent care. 3.5% 401k match on a high base. Option plan that can make it a leveraged return. Up to 1 yr paid paternity leave. Sounds pretty good to me.
      Jul 5
    • Google rafaNadal
      Google has lots of tiny quirky perks. I’m 1.5 years in and I still discover some weird perk lying around the corner (like budget for your cubicle decoration!)
      Jul 5
    • LinkedIn Earl
      Mostly agree. Ethics better than FB for sure, but don’t praise LinkedIn for not being addictive. Dark patterns prevail. Most people at LinkedIn don’t know how deep the data really go.
      Jul 6
  • Google rafaNadal
    In what world is Apple unethical / uses consumer as the product?

    You’d work for a company with weaker infra, lesser scale, irrelevant news feed - why? Because the product isn’t addictive aka doesn’t interest you?

    I’m not even sure you know what you’re talking about.
    You think the leadership at LinkedIn is thinking “hey, how can we make our site less attractive and addictive coz our goal is to make people spend less time on it”?

    What do you think msft purchased LinkedIn for? Just the consumer information. You *are* the product even at LinkedIn.
    Jul 5 2
    • Accenture TechieSF
      I don’t like how Apple is going backwards and making users pay for more and more changing accessories. I like that LI is non-addictive (as opposed to FB or even Zynga that uses micro-transactions).
      Jul 5
    • Apple RoidRage
      Don’t be mistaken. LinkedIn is still about engagement. Or at least that’s what their current problem is. I say this as someone who finds LinkedIn incredibly useful.
      Jul 5
  • LinkedIn pliable
    This is Bay Area’s not-very-well-known secret, do not give it away.
    Jul 5 0
  • Amazon CsRr26
    Netflix lets you uber to and from work holy shit lol
    Jul 5 0
  • Tesla Teasla
    I love what LinkedIn stands for but their user experience especially their mobile apps are much lower in quality compared to other fang (not amazon) apps.

    Also for a lot of people the product they work on matters a lot. Someone might want to work on writing systems software for a phone while someone might want to build a scalable distributed system for whatever. Everyone’s career interests vary.
    Jul 5 0
  • LinkedIn iamdonenow
    Wlb depends on the team. There are a lot of teams with no wlb and toxic culture in LinkedIn.
    Jul 5 1
    • Facebook / Product
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      a1234000more
      Any teams to avoid? Just got an offer for a product role at LI.
      Aug 28
  • TrueCar / Eng Twhh78
    At the end of your career, if you’ve worked at any of them, you’ve done well financially and for your family.
    Jul 5 0
  • Facebook aaaaaaa_
    Come back after working at at least 1 company you mentioned here
    Jul 5 2
    • Accenture newbieSF
      OP
      Good point. How do I update my company on here?
      Jul 5
    • Google rafaNadal
      By logging in with your official company Id (aka brand new profile)
      Jul 5
  • Nutanix / Eng cfgffgjji
    Is it the Accenture guy saying LI is better than FAANG? 😂
    Jul 5 0
  • New s-works
    You know that joke: why football players date models? because they can. I’m just kidding here, no pun intended
    Jul 5 0

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