Are FAANG companies really the place to be for SWE’s? I want to work for one but I’m worried about culture & work/life balance.

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1) not all FAANG are the same. G for example has minimal ops burden unlike Amazon. G gives generous refreshers. Netflix pays all cash. Let’s forget stuff like free food and good benefits.

2) even superficially similar companies like G and meta have huge differences. By and large, Google is more relaxed and promo is hard. Meta is more demanding and career grows faster.

3) these companies are so big that culture is team dependent. GCP engineers are working on vastly different problems than engineers in search or ads or brain. Cloud and ads are more deadline driven.

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The technical interviews are mostly gatekeeping. You should be ready to pass most interviews after ~6 months of leet

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What's the primary reason you want to work for FAANG (MAANG/MANGA now ig)? Is it for the pay? Recognition/name brand? Perks/benefits? The work you do or career growth? If you're worried about WLB and stress/burnout at FAANG, why not attempt to work at other companies (either tech field or not) as a Software Engineer?

As others have mentioned, your experience at a FAANG varies drastically based on which one you choose, your team's culture, and a few other things.

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