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Rahul PandeyTech Lead/Manager at Meta, Pinterest, Kosei

Onboarding Tips Within Smaller Companies

Some relevant tips if you're onboarding as an engineer in a smaller company:

  • Smaller companies will have less process and, therefore, a less formal onboarding. This means it's more important to get stuff done quickly since you can't rely on a bunch of classes or hand-holding.
    • A good benchmark is to land code within a week
  • In a smaller company, a lot of knowledge will be in the heads of a few people
    • Your goal is to find the tenured people and ensure you understand their worldview and prioritization.
  • Don’t assume processes or people exist. Especially if you come from a larger company, you should not assume that there is a well-defined QA (Quality Assurance) team or design team.