Working for FAANG, it's not just join and kick back
I'm at a FAANG, been in them for a while.
So many people on here are fighting to work at one of them. The TC is often spectacular. The marquee name on your resume is worth its weight in gold too. But before you think it's the end-all, get a little dose of reality. You are earning that money.
Relationships are difficult to keep working for the top tier companies. Your job comes first. Always. It doesn't matter what is going on in your personal life. WIfe's family is coming to town? Kids have sporting events or getting awards at school? Piano recital? Finally got a date with that person you have always wanted? Your girlfriend having a dinner party or special event she had been planning for months for your birthday?
Sorry, something in China just blew up. United has a redeye going there tonight, run by the house and get your bag. Your wife or girlfriend doesn't understand and says to tell your management that you had previous plans this weekend and can't go. Haha. That's adorable. Not going to happen. You are going to China. That doesn't fly at FAANG.
Your friends and family will be envious of your exotic travel. Half of them don't even have passports. You fill yours and have to get extra pages. Your facebook page looks like a travel brochure. But it wears thin quickly. The resentment from home you can cut with a knife. Your kids are good sports about it all, but you feel guilty for all the stuff you missed.
On these trips, the best you can hope for is getting a couple of nice meals out. A lot of times you aren't traveling with a bunch of your bros and hitting the bars after work, you are traveling alone. The local people you work with have lives and families and go home at night. You are sitting up at midnight eating room service off the limited "night" menu, calling home to talk to the wife and kids or girlfriend. They can't completely hold back the resentment that you flake every time they make plans.
I think there is a lot of holy grail talk about working for a FAANG, but you have to accept that you are going to be putting the job in front of everything else in your life. I can give you a whole litany of things I've missed because I had to take a trip last-minute or right before a major release on an impossible timeline and everyone is working super late every night. You get home and just turn on the computer again. You go to work, and it's dark, and you come home, and it's dark.
Everyone thinks they can step up and run at that level and will swear up and down they can live like that, but it's a lot harder than you think. There will be lots of people that say "Oh, it's not like that for me" but if you are ascending through the ranks, these are the tradeoffs you need to make
I was on the road traveling or in the office working 25 weekends last year. The only downtime I get is those 13 hours flights when I can disconnect and watch mindless movies.
I have no intention of going anywhere, but I'm just sharing that it's not for everyone, even those that think they can hang at that level. Some people thrive in it. Some people get burned out. Plenty of divorces at work and a few substance abuse issues and people that after 3 or 4 years look like they have aged 10. Lots say they will do it for a few years and quit. Then you have kids. Price out college lately? Want to own a home in a good school district in the bay area? You aren't quitting any time soon.
Go for it if that is what you want, but go in eyes wide open and think about what you will trade for money.