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Hearing a lot about people moving out of the Bay Area. Are FAANG companies open to their employees moving out of SF now and working from anywhere (even once covid wfh ends)?

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They’ll say so now but in two years if you’re remote and a there are folks back in the office you’ll be increasingly marginalized and stuck.


Everyone is excited now about flexible work, but it is not as efficient / effective as co-locating in many cases. If the safety risk is eventually removed all of the incentives drive toward office work again. Feels like we’ll stay the way we are now, but we’ll eventually drift back, and those that drift back more slowly will -on balance - be promoted more slowly and be cut more readily.


We just need to look to Yahoo for how this will ultimately work out.


At FAANG - none of the big tech have a defined path for permanent WFH yet. Fb comes the closest - but it's a ton of fine print. You need to have tenure, your team should support co-located model, and your team should approve your remote plans. That being said, they seem to pushing for that model and will see results in a few years. Everybody else is pretty mum about long term remote work. G will allow it till next summer but no commitment beyond that. That being said, I have friends and colleagues move out already for cheaper pastures. Some have gone as far out to actually buy homes in other cities - Tahoe, Sacramento within CA, and some have straight up bought homes in their home states/midwest. Some of these folks have no intention of returning. Very disruptive phase - only time will tell what 'work' will look like. But these companies have a phenomenal emphasis on office and face to face collaboration, so only time will tell. I for one, look forward to a seismic shift - since bay area is very expensive, and generally, terrible value for your money - like age of home, schools, and neighborhoods.


Facebook recently announced a permanent remote work policy for those that are eligible and want to, even post-COVID

I remember Yahoo’s permanent policy. That’s the thing about policies, they can and do change.


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