Obsessed with FB data scientist role!

Jan 29, 2019 28 Comments

I really want to hear from FB data scientists! For some reason, I think working at FB as a data scientist would be really great for me. I’m not happy with my current TC and don’t see a bright future for the disk drive industry. Also, there is literally no room to grow in my current organization.
Current salary/bonus/rsu ~ 142/25/25
Education Physics PhD, Math MS. YOE ~ 15 yrs

I mostly do data analysis of test data to understand magnetic recording physics to help product development. I use SQL/Python for data manipulation, summaries, presentations, and JMP for data exploration and analysis, switching to Python more and more.

I feel very underpaid with no prospects for growth. Yep that’s life in hardware industry, and a dying one like disk drives. I stay with my current company because my commute is 10-15 min each way, like my coworkers, and the work is interesting, except the low pay an no opportunity for growth.

I visited FB campus once and really fell in love with it. I like social media and think of FB as a great company. Am I wrong? I also think even as level 4 I would get a significant boost in pay. But preferably level 5 would be ideal. Is my impression that level 4 TC ~ 275 and level 5 TC ~ 320 a pipe dream?

FB data scientists, please share information and help me out. First what’s TC for level 4 and level 5 in the analytics team (not core machine learning or infrastructure). How should I prepare for the interview? Is working at FB as a data scientist really all that great? Please share information with relevant details. Thank you!

BTW, I’m a citizen and don’t need visa sponsorship. Comments from data scientists at Google and other companies are welcome too.

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TOP 28 Comments
  • Microsoft Desitechie
    You sound over excited about working for FB.
    It isn't that glamorous --if you really want something exciting may be you should go for FBI, and not FB?
    Jan 29, 2019 6
    • Facebook gGjI34
      Interview is leetcode, you got this
      Jan 29, 2019
    • Seagate toti420
      OP
      I need leetcode for a data scientist role? I’ve done most of the ones under databases, but not algorithms, OO design, etc.
      Jan 29, 2019
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    • Seagate toti420
      OP
      Sure I agree with your second point. But technical skills are what really matter, which I believe I have.
      Jan 29, 2019
    • Axtria nyc!
      Not true. I have a good GitHub profile, no one has ever paid attention to it.
      Jan 30, 2019
  • Seagate toti420
    OP
    Would folks who are/were data scientists at FB care to answer my questions with some details instead of random folks throwing in their one-liner two cents?
    Jan 30, 2019 2
    • Western Digital Ul56f4D
      OP, I suspect you’d have hard time clearing the behavioral interview at FB. you’re too genuine and straightforward for a company started by man in a hoodie!
      Jan 30, 2019
    • Seagate toti420
      OP
      Lol! Thanks. At this point in my life, I can overlook that fact for a significant pay bump.
      Jan 30, 2019
  • New / Eng abuhr3i
    You will not get an L5 for an entry level data scientist. Your yoe as data scientist will be 0 when you get hired, why the hell L5?
    Jan 30, 2019 1
    • Microsoft Desitechie
      I guess he would claim he was working on data analysis in his previous job, if that can be claimed!
      Jan 30, 2019
  • Nvidia gsg
    Have u thought of computer vision
    Jan 29, 2019 1
    • Seagate toti420
      OP
      The thought has crossed my mind. In my previous role almost 8 years ago, I used LabVIEW vision to automate sorting and detecting defective parts based on SEM images. It’s an interesting field.
      Jan 29, 2019
  • Facebook / Eng
    fb2017

    Facebook Eng

    PRE
    Google, Oracle
    BIO
    worked at Oracle, then Google, now Facebook.
    fb2017more
    Data engineers have slightly less tc than SWE. I am not sure about data scientists. I heard they are same as swe.
    Jan 30, 2019 0
  • Nvidia gsg
    U sound very well versed in fundamentals
    Jan 29, 2019 0
  • Seagate toti420
    OP
    Thanks. I think that’s for software engineers. I want the numbers for data scientists.
    Jan 29, 2019 5
    • Seagate toti420
      OP
      Best of luck. At this point, less motivated. I got a pay bump and have excellent WLB. Not sure if I want to give it up easily. Current TC 180/28/32 ~ 240. PhD+15YOE. Not sure what TC I might get at FB as a DS.
      Jan 8
    • Oh wow, very nice! I actually don’t think you would get even your current TC, and WLB will definitely be worse :) Plus I feel like work itself wouldn’t be that interesting to you since you have PhD... So I think you’re better off!

      I’m closer to the beginning of my career and want to move to California so I am excited about this opportunity... But if I do get it, based on what I heard, I’ll probably be too stressed and decide to leave anyway lol But I’m still excited!:)
      Jan 8
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    • Seagate toti420
      OP
      Money.
      Jan 29, 2019
  • SAP / Biz Dev
    DaedalusSF

    SAP Biz Dev

    BIO
    I climb the stairs every morning. The elevator is for Democrats!
    DaedalusSFmore
    Oh yeah that’s a reputable company right there!
    Jan 30, 2019 0

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