Work/Life Balance at FB

New aLuu55
Oct 1, 2018 16 Comments

I’m deciding about whether or not to accept an offer from FB for an E4 mobile eng role. I’m worried about the work life balance situation at FB.

How is the WLB for most engineers at FB? Does it really depend on the team? If so, what teams should I avoid?

TC: 230K

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  • New aLuu55
    OP
    And to clarify, I don’t mind working insanely long hours for a week or two when the need arrises. But I also don’t want to be permanently working long hours all the time, my spouse would be deeply unhappy.

    It’s an amazing opportunity I’m dying to take, but I’m also pretty nervous.
    Oct 1, 2018 4
    • Juniper Pliny Jr.
      Why don't you ask the members of the team this question?...
      Oct 1, 2018
    • New aLuu55
      OP
      At FB, you don’t join a team right away, you go through boot camp first. So I’m not actually sure what team I’ll end up joining
      Oct 1, 2018
    • Juniper Pliny Jr.
      My personal opinion from reading this board id that indeed your WLB will suffer to a certain extent. I've seen folks talk about long startup-like hours all the way to being more on the heavier normal side...but definitely more than Google, by a good margin. If you ever go to the parking lot at FB at 5-6 pm, it's ALWAYS TOO FULL for comfort. Always!

      Nobody will answer this question for you adequately to your satisfaction. So take your dream job, work it for a year and worst case scenario if it's too much, you can ride out like a King with multiple job offers due to the FB prestige. Win/win!
      Oct 1, 2018
    • Tesla afkisdi
      That's cuz their dinner serves around 6!!! Duhhhhhhh..... if the parking lot is still full at 8 then ok
      Oct 1, 2018
  • Google cephalus
    I just declined my $400k offer for terrible wlb. Just talk to a few engineers friends working there before making any decisions (not the ones recruiter tell you to talk to)
    Oct 1, 2018 3
    • Google / Eng Anonymvs
      What level?
      Oct 1, 2018
    • Google cephalus
      5
      Oct 2, 2018
    • Google topCon
      What's current TC?
      Oct 2, 2018
  • Sony Nrbj46
    Have had friends there 5years + and I myself just joined. So far so good from coming and talking with them. Manager I report to is relaxed.
    As to the cars in the parking lot, yes it's full, why cause traffic sucks and the food for dinner isn't served till 6pm. Also seems alot of teams start later.
    Oct 1, 2018 1
    • New aLuu55
      OP
      Huge relief to hear this. Thank you.

      Not looking for a country club but don’t want to go crazy either 😜
      Oct 1, 2018
  • New / Eng
    aYLx06

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    aYLx06more
    Is it React Native? The best.
    Oct 1, 2018 3
    • New aLuu55
      OP
      Probably not. I’ve done a lot of work building native components for RN, but JS is not my favorite language for sure :P
      Oct 1, 2018
    • New / Eng
      aYLx06

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      aYLx06more
      Out of curiosity, what is? I love JS and hate everything else but I am trying to get into Python, haha.
      Oct 1, 2018
    • New aLuu55
      OP
      Definitely Swift. Kotlin isn’t too bad either on the Android side of things.

      Wouldn’t use Swift in a react native project though, at least not until Swift hits ABI stability. Until then, adding any Swift to a project bloats it by like 10MB cause it had to embed the Swift runtime.
      Oct 1, 2018
  • Uber vor
    If I were you I would use this FB offer to negotiate another good offer at a better company. FB is going downhill fast, use this leverage while you can.
    Oct 1, 2018 0