Will my WLB get better if I quit FB for another company

Facebook Boombox007
Dec 1, 2018 32 Comments

I have been at FB for the past 5 years. I am always stressed about work, peer pressure and PSC (performance evaluation) rating.

Most of the engineers are super talented and work really long hours which raises the bar.
The culture focuses on relentless coding and shipping, there’s no cool down period.

This has kept me busy and stressed. I now think I have had enough of this shit and want a change.

Want to know how it is at other tier 1 companies like Google, LinkedIn, Airbnb, etc.

Do they have better WLB and less stressful environment? Or I will just end up landing in another shit hole if I switch?

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TOP 32 Comments
  • Microsoft / Eng xjsba
    I am becoming a little suspicious about all of these FB employees complaining about WLB on Blind. It almost seems like some coordinated effort
    Dec 1, 2018 1
    • Facebook Boombox007
      OP
      Lol, what benefit would coordinated effort bring us ? We rarely have time for that BS
      Dec 1, 2018
  • Google / Eng albhed
    Many places here where you can coast at 20 hours per week after establishing yourself. The downside is these places are not good for career growth.
    Dec 1, 2018 3
    • Facebook Boombox007
      OP
      How is Google?
      Dec 1, 2018
    • Google KuJA63
      Go coast somewhere else.
      Dec 2, 2018
    • Facebook Backdoor
      Why?
      Dec 3, 2018
  • Microsoft do_needful
    What are you relentlessly coding and shipping? Facebook.com sucks and constantly broken and I didn't see anything new and exciting there in ages. Your mobile client is the worst piece of shit, even farting apps are better. What's else?
    Dec 1, 2018 4
    • Facebook Boombox007
      OP
      Those are the results of burnt out engineers. There’s always pressure to move fast and so people write hacks to save time.

      There are always a lot of things to do, writing well designed code is rarely prioritized
      Dec 1, 2018
    • Microsoft do_needful
      Stop moving fast and breaking Facebook. No one needs what you're doing. Facebook.com now is not different from what it was a year ago.
      Dec 1, 2018
    • Facebook Boombox007
      OP
      You better go ahead and tell that to our CEO. I am tired of FB move fast culture.
      Dec 1, 2018
    • Facebook Boombox007
      OP
      Btw, these aren’t the kind of questions you should ask someone who himself is tired of FB.
      Dec 1, 2018
  • Airbnb
    Lagavulin

    Airbnb

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    Lagavulinmore
    Yes. I think it’s not-so-secret that WLB at FB ends up being pretty poor. I left FB earlier this year for Airbnb and I gotta say the pace and environment is way more relaxed ... other issues obvs and lots of things I miss about FB but wlb is not one of them.
    Dec 1, 2018 3
    • Microsoft msboy
      What kind of issues?
      Dec 1, 2018
    • Facebook Boombox007
      OP
      Yeah what issue @Lagavulin?
      Dec 1, 2018
    • Airbnb
      Lagavulin

      Airbnb

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      Lagavulinmore
      Well I mean every company will have its issues, mostly the trade-offs that are chosen.

      ie FB moves fast and prioritizes impact, wlb ends up being poor, Airbnb is much more design driven and touchy-freely so things are pretty laid back imo, but as a side-effect every decision needs consensus from every functional leader which slows things down and things don’t get shipped for months because it doesn’t “feel right” ... FB is very bottoms-up and can feel chaotic or “thrashy”, whereas Airbnb is very top-down and deficiencies in leadership get highlighted really quickly
      Dec 1, 2018
  • Google topCon
    Come to Google. Rest and vest.
    Dec 1, 2018 3
    • Google cloneee
      Not in cloud atleast.
      Dec 2, 2018
    • LinkedIn !lnkd
      Not much to vest? Heard cloud doesn't measure as well as rest of Google.
      Dec 2, 2018
    • Google cloneee
      Rest ^ , cloud pays as well as any other product.
      Dec 2, 2018
  • Microsoft / Eng yourmomsuc
    Dude go to Microsoft and rest and vest there, you can get really great offer from them moving from fb
    Dec 1, 2018 0
  • Microsoft SuperJedi
    relentlessly selling data, you mean?
    Dec 1, 2018 4
    • Facebook Boombox007
      OP
      Man I work in Infra, so don’t deal with that shit.

      BTW, we DON’T SELL DATA. That’s a bullshit media propaganda.

      We keep data within our company which is used for ranking, modeling etc.
      Dec 1, 2018
    • Facebook Boombox007
      OP
      Btw, these aren’t the kind of questions you should ask someone who himself is tired of FB.
      Dec 1, 2018
    • Intel / Eng Mjxjrhrhdv
      If are are in infra, why is it soo stressful? Makes sense if you are on product side where you wanna move fast to ship new features.
      Dec 1, 2018
    • Spotify KXAo87
      I find it super confusing when people think FB sells data. The data is valuable, you don't want other people to have it, that's called "leakage" and undermines the value since they can just copy it and sell it themselves
      Dec 1, 2018
  • Cisco / Eng Jjjssj
    Come to Cisco ! You will get to meet talented but humble people! Great WLB! You will have lot of respect! If you don’t like it anyways you can go back to chase your superficial tier 1 companies !
    Dec 1, 2018 3
    • Facebook Boombox007
      OP
      Cisco has great wlb, but doesn’t pay enough.
      Dec 1, 2018
    • Cisco / Eng Jjjssj
      Agree ! But it pays for tech leads ! Definitely not as much as Faang though
      Dec 1, 2018
    • Google Zzyxx
      “Superficial” :) says the guys who works @ Cisco
      Dec 1, 2018
  • Amazon 6’0 Indian
    No if you go to amazon
    Dec 1, 2018 2
    • Facebook Boombox007
      OP
      Amazon still has shit wlb? I thought they improved
      Dec 1, 2018
    • Amazon 6’0 Indian
      It actually depends. I have friends at FB, and my wlb is better than their.
      Dec 1, 2018

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