java to javascript transition at Netflix

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I received an offer from Netflix. The project is JavaScript stack and I’m a Java engineer, so I’m concerned about expectations.

This is my first FANG and I don’t know what “up to speed is” for a FANG. I currently work at a large company, so I have some idea, but a FANG is another level of difficulty.

My assumption is that I’ll be surrounded by node.js ninjas, so I’m worried if I’m not up to snuff.

For those of you at Netflix who have been in similar situation before, what was your experience navigating Netflix in the first few weeks?

I also have the choice of a Java job at Apple.

Would it be an easier transition with the Apple job, or am I just needlessly worried about the Javascript position?
I’d love any advice you can give. Current TC : 300K

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  • Facebook ⭕w⭕
    Here's an advice: Don't ever call yourself a Java engineer, or any <language> engineer. Part of being an engineer is adapting to new languages and technologies, so embrace getting thrown into a project using unfamiliar languages*. Don't be a pleb who only searches for <language> jobs.

    * except Haskell.
    Sep 14 1
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      You make a valid point - I am just trying to get an estimate of how much onboarding time is generally given. Will to succeed is different from actually succeeding
      Sep 14
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    As an engineer, you should be able to adopt any new language in a matter of 1-2 weeks.
    Sep 14 4
    • Salesforce shaman
      Okay dude, become a pro in C in 2 weeks
      Sep 14
    • Can’t wait to see the smart-ass response 🍿
      Sep 14
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      sqrteng

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      Easy Tiger,I did NOT say you can become a pro.I said,you can be able to adapt.
      Sep 14
    • *Proceeds to close mouth before some popcorn comes out*
      Sep 14
  • Bloomberg / Eng F.U. money
    Doesn’t it take like 2 YouTube videos to be up to snuff on Node.js? Managers are reasonable and during my onsite I asked HM about expectations for the first two months and he said that they give people time to ramp up and he said those are the expectations for the first 6 months rather than 2... Seemed pretty reasonable. 2 months is a long time
    Sep 14 1
    • Op said he would be switching to front end. I’d love to get paid 500k to write javascript.
      Sep 14
  • Netflix pays you to hit the ground running. Are you switching from backend to front end? That’s a lot bigger than simply switching tech stacks for backend.
    Sep 14 6
    • Front end is a huge investment in what you have to learn nowadays. You have to know a ton of frameworks like React and Angular, build tools, css, etc. if you can’t make shit look good without other people on the team having to touch up your css, that could be an issue. Would you be working on a user facing product or internal?
      Sep 14
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      Mix of both, but I will be testing
      Sep 14
    • SWE in test or SWE for some tool that tests Netflix client uis?
      Sep 14
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      Sep 14
    • Ah. I didn’t realize Netflix had those roles. I would say it’s fine then since you’re not building an actual product. But if your background was building features and products in your past experiences, is that the direction you want to go for more tc? Someone from Netflix can opine on this a lot better than me. but I’m sure you applied to the role knowing that.
      Sep 14
  • Carvana Sam sepiol
    Which team?
    Sep 14 0