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Rahul PandeyTech Lead/Manager at Meta, Pinterest, Kosei

Onboarding With A Probation Period

Because labor laws outside the US can make it difficult to fire someone, many companies will add more barriers before you are a full-time employee at the company with benefits. They will make employees work during a probation period before deciding to offer full-time employment. Contract-to-hire is another common way that this manifests ("try before you buy").

Here are some tips if you're working on this model:

  • Chat with your manager early (ideally even before you join) so you can hit the ground running and make a good first impression.
  • Information access may be limited, so call out when this happens. You don't want something outside your control to reflect poorly on you.
  • Understand the criteria you’re being judged on, e.g. code commits, code reviews, design docs, etc. Track these metrics diligently, and you can even report on them regularly.

Relevant discussion: I’m starting at Apple with a 3 month probation as a new grad. How should I think about the probation period?