No degree, 15+ yoe, Facebook/Apple/Netflix?

New Entty
Jan 20 23 Comments

Will any of the big name Internet companies hire someone without a degree if they have a lot of experience? Saw something at Facebook in security that matches what I'm doing now (not programming, fyi) and am curious if I have a shot. Big name consulting experience, government intelligence community experience, and a lot of commercial/critical infrastructure experience.

Consulting now, but I'm looking for something interesting and permanent.

Thanks

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TOP 23 Comments
  • Impressive. But can you solve dynamically?
    Jan 20 7
    • Blizzard others
      This is all that matters
      Jan 20
    • New Entty
      OP
      Not a programmer. To me, “solve dynamically” means adapting quickly to things that change as you solve a problem. Again though, my background isn’t sw dev.
      Jan 20
    • 😂😂 lol I meant the world famous dynamic programming.
      Jan 20
    • In tech world, if some one says the word Dynamic to you, just create an array
      Jan 20
    • New Entty
      OP
      Unagi, I figured as much from your first post. That’s why I put in the original post that it wasn’t a programming position. I know most people here are in that arena.
      Jan 20
  • Microsoft uear56
    Shitty question from my side, sorry, but I never understood it. How can you be good in tech (esp. security) and not know programming? I don’t mean a degree but some level at least, where you can claim you know it. It doesn’t sound like you’re a salesman. Can you get jobs without the skill?
    Jan 20 1
    • Nokia at489136
      I’ve been IT since 2007 and I am not sure what you mean by tech, but I won’t be able to write you an algorithm or even find a big O of whatever. I can program in principle, but I am an architect, I don’t need to know this and if someone were to ask me a coding question in an interview I would walk out.
      Jan 20
  • Facebook KaCt81
    Yes certainly. but when you interview make sure to focus on the value of your experiences rather than years, titles, brand names, etc (at least for FB)
    Jan 20 0
  • Apple / Eng MojaveX
    I do not have a degree and i’ve gotten offers from Google and Apple.
    Jan 20 0
  • Google Mr.sundar
    You'll get an interview but will probably get hired a level or two below what you expect, at Google
    Jan 20 0
  • Starbucks QQboba
    Actually, I just remembered. I have a friend who doesn’t have a university degree, but does have extensive experience in tech and he was hired at Apple.
    Jan 20 0
  • Starbucks QQboba
    No degree in related field or no bachelor/above degree?
    Jan 20 2
    • New Entty
      OP
      College drop out. Always wanted to go back, but workload never really allowed for it. Chased the money back in the 00’s instead of staying in college. Biggest mistake of my early life.
      Jan 20
    • Credit Karma yogi.bear
      That’s interesting, I’m doing the same thing now. Why do you regret it?
      Jan 20
  • Oscar / Other Tender
    Facebook security engineering? That’s heavy programming with deep knowledge of fullstack.
    Jan 20 1
    • Facebook KaCt81
      There are a lot of different security roles with varying amounts of programming. Sounds like you're talking about SWE, which I don't think is what OP is talking about
      Jan 20
  • eBay / Eng
    mDBW53

    eBay Eng

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    NVIDIA
    mDBW53more
    Facebook and Microsoft literally hired a college dropout for its top position. I assume that is a good sign.
    Jan 21 0
  • Nokia at489136
    Apply for an online degree program, get accepted, on resume put your degree with a future date. At least you won’t get autoskipped by the HR bot.
    Jan 20 0
  • Microsoft Wks
    No degree required for FB or google or MSFT. Source - I have no degree and had offers from all 3 at one time. Unsure on Apple, no personal experience to share.
    Jan 20 0
  • Amazon / Eng
    Get referrals
    Jan 20 0