Tough decision - FB

Jul 15, 2019 46 Comments

I am currently working in a good position (as a planner, non swe) with good flexibility and wlb in Seattle. Also have a good standing in my organization.

I recently got a call from Facebook to interview and cleared it. After a couple of back n forth on compensation, I am Ok with what they offered. Base comp. 30% more than current and FB level equity and sign on.

However, position is out of Menlo Park or Denver whichever I choose. I would leave my good job in Seattle, wife will have to hunt for a job in a competitive market. CA being CA and crazy expensive will eat away from salary gain, will probably have to keep the Denver option open. Start from scratch on a new job. My wife is also expecting which makes this a life changing and tough decision and want to make sure I take the right step.

Simple Question- Is Facebook worth it to make this move ?? Do share ur experiences. Looking for some feedback.

Edit: we are expecting twins so I am shitting my pants on this decision. Wife wants to go for it. My wife is in IT. FB is flexible on joining because of pregnancy. On a visa.


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TOP 46 Comments
  • Google anshumar
    Big NO.
    1) FB WLB is really bad. Discussed on several occasions here.
    2) FB fires really fast.
    Unless you are pretty good at what you are doing, you are risking too much. You’ll be moving to MPK or DEN, then what if things go south? You’ll be stuck in a different city. There is no jobs at Denver.

    At Seattle, you could always go back to your old job. Relocation to a different city makes things really complicated.
    Jul 15, 2019 14
    • Facebook public2
      OP isn't tech so won't need to leetcode. No risk no reward, the point again is changing jobs is low risk high reward.
      Jul 15, 2019
    • Boeing / Mgmt Yin🌓Yang
      Do compare childcare cost in both cities. It could make 30% raise, very small.
      Jul 16, 2019
  • Salesforce torbmain
    Sounds like a big nope to me. Especially if this is your first kid and you aren’t sure what to expect.
    Jul 15, 2019 0
  • Facebook public2
    Of course, gets you out of seattle. Career and quality of life will skyrocket. Wife will have no problem finding a job; everyone and their mother is hiring. Benefits are amazing for family and you can use parental leave time to get settled. Congrats on the twins and offer!
    Jul 15, 2019 2
    • Amazon / Eng pawUI
      Why will everything skyrocket out of Seattle?
      Jul 19, 2019
    • Facebook public2
      How would it not? More opportunities, more culture, more fun, and serious cannot stress how much impact sun can have on quality of life and generally happiness.
      Jul 19, 2019
  • Qualcomm JmFx26
    I just had a baby and I can tell your priorities will change drastically once you have the baby. Difficult to realize it till you actually go through the process. Also moving to Bay Area will bump up your cost and lower quality of life quite a bit. The only thing better here is climate if you want to get away from 7 months of rain. FB sounds like good opportunity but it’s a difficult place to work. Good pay but high pressure and constant fear of not getting desired ratings. TMO is doing good and with merger you will have lots of opportunities to grow. Particularly if you are well placed and connected in the org.
    Jul 17, 2019 0
  • Tableau BlAk00
    I joined FB a little while ago and did a similar but far less fraught calculation. I wasn’t totally sure (and am still not) it was the right move for me, It’s your risk tolerance and the number of unknowns. There are way too many in your case IMO. Of course, by the same token anything can be recovered from and sometimes it’s okay to take some risk. If I were you, though, I would not take it.
    Jul 15, 2019 0
  • LinkedIn tbt
    Jul 15, 2019 0
  • Same tc in Denver for fb?
    Jul 15, 2019 9
    • Uber


      Wait for several months, take the job and stay in Seattle for a while, I think that would leave a plenty of room for your wife to land her job in Denver.
      Jul 15, 2019
    • Groupon nfof26
      What was TC in Denver?
      Aug 9, 2019
  • Nutanix 1adja134
    Congratulations on the twins!!
    Jul 16, 2019 0
  • Amazon / Mgmt Krwn73
    FWIW Denver is an awesome city and the home prices are still affordable so you can actually buy something there and still have $$ for your twins. There is a start up scene there too.
    I think there’s a lot of fear based responses here. If this is the job you want you can do it! I’m a working mom in tech so not just saying random stuff. Don’t worry it’s going to be hard no matter what you choose, you’re having babies!
    Jul 15, 2019 0
  • Prudential / Strategy sm11
    This is simple — NO
    Jul 15, 2019 0


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