Facebook vs Google infra teams

Apr 10, 2019 12 Comments

If you have a choice between Google vs Facebook, both doing infrastructure/distributed systems work, what would you choose and why? I got accepted to both and am deciding where to go next. Any insight is greatly appreciated.



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  • Amazon giaiwyl x
    People forget that building infra stuff is like building golden gate or pyramids...

    Awesome to look at from outside
    Pain to build it
    Those who built it are legends
    Sometimes slaves were needed

    And most importantly ... they are not built every day ... you build it with a lifetime assumption of 4-8 years. After building you just maintain and make incremental changes ... eventually you create a new project to replace the bridge or renovate it completely.
    Apr 10, 2019 0
  • F5 Networks RRA
    I'd choose G, if only because I don't think I could work at FB at this point.
    Apr 10, 2019 4
    • Micro Focus bliuser
      I’ve seen ppl mentioning FB = a sinking ship, but not sure why, is it because of recent scandals and bad press? I spent quite a lot of time talking to folks there, and people seem happy in general though.
      Apr 10, 2019
    • F5 Networks RRA
      My reluctance has more to do with philosophical issues wrt privacy, censorship and so on.
      Apr 10, 2019
  • Google take
    For infra, it's G hands down. Although it is really hard to find a good team in infra. All the teams look shiny but aren't exactly that.
    Apr 10, 2019 2
    • Dropbox systest
      Is it possible to tell the difference between good and bad teams?
      Apr 10, 2019
    • Google take
      It's very hard to figure out from outside. Many Googlers internally also end up moving in bad teams.
      Apr 10, 2019
  • Micro Focus bliuser
    @take: could you elaborate what you mean by ‘bad’? Management or projects?
    Apr 10, 2019 1
    • Google take
      Bad in terms of management, leadership, vision, growth etc.
      Apr 10, 2019
  • Facebook QRAE56
    You won’t go wrong choosing either company. I’ve heard it’s not easy to switch teams in google - in FB if you are good it’s easy to move around - at least in infra - so that’s one additional data point to consider.
    Jul 21, 2019 0


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