Working at FB - better to live in Menlo Park or SF?

Amazon ushevrufkt
May 26, 2018 25 Comments

I’m starting in a few months and still really torn. I hear the city is amazing but I’m worried about the commute. Not sure if I could get away with working 10-4 in the office because I get work done on the shuttle. On the other hand, I love big cities and don’t want to spend my early 20s in a suburb.

Is living in SF worth the hassle?

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  • Facebook / Eng
    mpkfa

    FacebookEng

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    mpkfamore
    You can't have everything. Seems you already know you'd like to live in SF. Accept the downsides of living in SF and do it. You have the rest of your adult life to live in a suburb
    May 26, 20180
  • Revinate JPQ
    Just make friends in SF and go there on the weekends. You won't enjoy SF if you are commuting to Mountain View daily. You'll be quite broke as well.
    May 26, 20183
    • Microsoft Upo
      This seems like the most logical answer. What’s the point of being in SF on weekdays if you have no time to enjoy it?
      May 26, 2018
    • Apple / EngMarijuana
      I live in SF and make the commute. It’s pretty great going to Opera on weeknights after work (I joined the Bravo club so tickets aren’t super expensive).

      Outside the Opera season, there’s plenty of other stuff going on. Thursday and Saturday evenings are great in terms of nightlife. I also do some local advocacy, which is far easier to get into here than it is in the south bay.
      May 27, 2018
    • Facebook Dizzy
      This is the secret. I live close to the office, but when the weekend rolls around I’m going hard with my friends in SF and crashing. Best of both worlds 😈
      May 27, 2018
  • Uber / Eng
    hsihxu

    UberEng

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    hsihxumore
    I was told by my FB friend who recently joined that FB gives 15k relocation credit towards your 1 year lease if you choose to stay nearby. He chose that option just because of that reason and had to sign for 1 year lease in Redwood city. He’ll be moving to SF afterwards. Why would you want to leave 15k on the table?
    May 26, 20182
    • Facebook Its Sheryl
      Yup did that too. That's 15k more to your income for just living in the south Bay.
      May 26, 2018
    • Facebook Martian343
      This is a really smart approach. I commute from the city - all my friends are here and I want to stay, but if I were just starting out in the Bay Area with all things being equal I’d say this is a wise choice.
      May 27, 2018
  • New / Eng
    Luffy, M.D

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    Luffy, M.Dmore
    I'm a shitty commuter. Consider downtown Redwood City or downtown Mountain View which will be a lot nearer and a lot better than Menlo Park.

    Won't hold a candle to the right neighborhoods in SF but there are a lot of boring neighborhoods in SF and a 90+ minute commute is a huge chunk of your life.
    May 26, 20180
  • Microsoft Pediasure
    Fremont
    May 26, 20180
  • Facebook Wokitlykei
    Benefits of the city, don’t need a car, decent amount of things to do if you’re in your twenties. Cons: rent prices, too many people, if you bike, your survival rate lowers, huge homeless population, you’re stuck if you want to leave the city unless you have a car.
    May 26, 20182
    • Apple / EngMarijuana
      * Avis/Hertz have discounts for employees of Apple and Google, I presume some car rental agency has good discounts for Facebook as well?
      May 26, 2018
    • Facebook AeGV70
      Regarding rent prices, redwood city pricing is not much different from sf.
      May 27, 2018
  • Facebook Its Sheryl
    You should try to move to FBNY if you want a city then because the commute is not worth it and working on the bus is extremely inconvenient unless you get the seats with tables which get taken almost immediately.
    May 26, 20180
  • Facebook Barplay
    If you love big cities, try to transfer NYC.

    SF is amazing only if if you lived your whole live in suburb (or “fake” big cities that are just big suburbs) and it’s first real city you get to experience.
    May 26, 20180
  • Microsoft lBBe78
    Live in Palo Alto. More active than Menlo but reasonable commute.
    May 27, 20180
  • Apple pupkin
    Worst city ever, tons of homeless people, this city is just a big public toilet
    May 26, 20180
  • Facebook public
    SF, no question. You can alway move later if needed but no one ever does.
    May 26, 20180
  • Apple / EngIniesta
    Work in SF if you love SF so much. Make the world a better place.
    May 26, 20180
  • Apple / EngMarijuana
    Do the commute for 1.5 - 2 years, then move to an SF office.
    May 26, 20180
  • Facebook toomp
    Seattle
    May 27, 20182
    • Facebook Its Sheryl
      Who the fuck wants to live in Seattle? Literally the only benefit of living there is the relatively lower cost of living and no state tax.
      May 27, 2018
    • Facebook toomp
      “The only benefit is saving tens of thousands of dollars while earning the same salary” - you

      Also, the commute is much better. Booking and getting to conference rooms is better too.
      May 27, 2018
  • Facebook Fork44
    I do 10-4 in the office and then work 3hrs on the shuttle and it's great. If you want to have a life outside work I'd definitely stay in sf.
    May 28, 20180
  • Google / Productcallofwild
    Live in SF, you'll hate the commute, but you won't be alone.
    May 26, 20180

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