Should I join FAANG

New vSIt15
Dec 31, 2019 16 Comments

Been working at a small Belgian company for 8 years (15 employees). I get paid reasonably well according to Belgian standards because I play a key role in maintaining our SaaS product. TC: 50k euros + about 5k paid overtime. I work 8 til 17, that's it. 15 mins commute.

I can live a comfortable modest life on my salary, but I will not get rich, or achieve FIRE.

I, have always had an interest in software and computer science. But I have little experience in delivering big pieces software. I have always coded, but the product of my current company is amateuristic (at least technically). I was just trying to keep the business running, and the tech manageable, and I did a good job doing so. I call myself lead software engineer. I'm worried about coming across as a bad developer, although I know what good software looks like. I have been favoring the easy incremental solutions. What I made works and does not suffer from bugs or performance issues. I'm a generalist.

I'm wondering if I should chase TC, maybe Google Zurich is nice. It's still Europe and offers a good quality of life, I assume.

Will I be more miserable if I work at FAANG? For example, Amazon sounds like a terrible place to work at based on Blind comments. But maybe Google is nice?

I think I can pass coding and design interviews. But if I have to talk about my current job, I think I will come across as an underperformer.

At what level should I apply? Any advice or thoughts are welcome.


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TOP 16 Comments
  • Amazon AWS-Engr
    How about you get an offer first?
    Dec 31, 2019 1
    • Cognizant / Eng

      Cognizant Eng

      you're my bio
      Lol yeah... It's like saying, should I be a multi millionaire guys?
      Dec 31, 2019
  • Facebook acdg
    You think you can pass coding and design interviews? Try it out then
    Dec 31, 2019 3
    • Facebook acdg
      You think, you believe? As I said above, try it out first.
      Dec 31, 2019
    • The question is simple: does it matter the hustle?

      Let's just say that at a FANG:
      1) the schedule is not that flexible
      2) the stress is higher
      3) work-life-ballance is not a thing
      4) family is optional but not mandatory in the equation.

      Does it worth it after all of this?
      Jan 11
  • Consider Uber Amsterdam. Not too far away and still get the better comp and career opportunities.
    Dec 31, 2019 1
    • New vSIt15
      Makes sense
      Dec 31, 2019
  • Google / Eng SergeyBlin
    As a fellow belgian, I'd say go for Google Zurich if you can pass the interviews. I nearly 10x'ed my pay compared to first job in Belgium, taxes are really low and quality of life is pretty high. You can totally live 15 minutes walking from the office, or even 5! With a 15 min train commute you can save a good amount more on taxes and swiss trains don't strike.

    With what you describe (lead SWE, 8yoe) you definitely have a shot at L5. Though chances are you'd get downleveled to L4 anyway, but that's still a very good deal compared to Belgium and rest of Europe.

    Shitty code at previous job doesn't matter, it's everywhere anyway. Google measures your coding ability in terms of leetcode
    Dec 31, 2019 1
    • One very honest comment!
      I very rarely found such comments, and the community really values a real good feedback!
      Jan 11
  • Amazon fmjfn
    What was Apple's offer?
    Dec 31, 2019 0
  • Amazon SlhS10
    8 YOE with experience that sounds like a bad internship? Good luck getting an offer, I would really drill you as to why you were content with this kind of environment and then ask you some LC hard equivalent to prove you can even code. It doesn't look good in relationship to LPs like learn and be curious.
    Jan 1 0
  • Amazon shok
    FAANG means Apple
    FLAG means LinkedIn
    FAMG means Microsoft

    FANG itself just means Amazon or Netflix

    Just a logical application of the hierarchy
    Jan 1 0
  • Pinterest / Product mangirl
    The better question is: Why should FAANG hire you?
    Jan 1 0
  • Amazon / Eng Munhanha
    Worked at small/averages companies in Europe, got hired by Amazon and moved to US. Best learning experience and TC boost I ever had.
    Dec 31, 2019 0
  • Amazon big_boy
    You might only be miserable because of everything else that’s changing. There’s a good chance you won’t be miserable because of work but that’s up to the team you’re on, really. You can definitely live a comfortable life in FAANG
    Dec 31, 2019 0


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