WLB not as important as Flexibility?

Sep 20, 2019 5 Comments

I'm getting close to FAANG offer or two at the tech lead/principal level (think E6 at FB, L6 at G). Currently a director level at finance company.

What I really enjoy about where I am, even though finance may not be known for it, is the flexibility. By that I mean I work (and am happy to work) 45-50 hours on a normal week, and maybe 60 or even 70 hours on a very busy week. However, I never spend more than 30 hours a week in the office, e.g. I work at home 2 days a week and am there from 8 to 4:45...without exception.

As the primary caregiver to two young kids (wife travels during the week) this flexibility is non negotiable for me. Truth is I could care less about what I consider "wlb". Quite the contrary, all I want to do after I put my kids to bed is log back on for a couple hours and work on some interesting problem. I love wfh days because it allows me to log in at 7:30 and continue up until 6. I don't want wlb, I want to spend my free time working!

So obviously most finance companies aren't this accommodating, I have this schedule because my manager has known me for over a decade and knows the particulars of my work. In general I'd expect for example Facebook to be more flexible than JP Morgan, but people here say that FB and Amazon swe have no "wlb"'.

So help me Blind, forgetting about wlb for a minute, how do these companies rate in terms of flexibility, particularly at the tech lead level?

Current TC: about 300k, all cash


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TOP 5 Comments
  • New / Eng

    New Eng

    It's a good idea to take an IC position. Senior ICs are expected to work with teams across geographies anyway and that's work to your advantage.
    Sep 20, 2019 1
    • OP
      Yes, all interviews I'm taking are at the IC position. This is interesting--given I'm located near NYC, I suppose you're saying it's advantageous in that I can work with a west coast team from home later at night
      Sep 20, 2019
  • Google wazzzzup
    F and G have teams that allow you to work 1-2 days at home a week no problem. You have to manage your hours and meetings though.

    At G, if you work with a lot of teams from different offices you are likely going to have late meetings, into 9-11pm, or Sunday night meetings because APAC is already Monday.
    Sep 29, 2019 0
  • DoorDash cwOq47
    Microsoft Netflix or google. Not amazon and Facebook. When they have WLB they can also have you WFH. Also the deciding factor will be your new manager, despite company culture
    Sep 20, 2019 0
  • Netflix THzI52
    Nflx has lots of flexibility. Parents dip out early all the time for kids shit. However if you’re looking for a leadership opportunity, this may be bad optics since you’re expected to build and maintain relationships
    Sep 20, 2019 0


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