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What are common failure modes you’ve seen for new engineers at Big Tech companies?

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Incoming Mid-level engineer [L4] at Google2 years ago

What are the common failure modes you’ve seen for new engineers at Big Tech cos, where they had to quickly exit the company due to bad performance?

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    Meta, Pinterest, Kosei
    2 years ago
    • Not being willing to adapt to different workflows, or feeling like they know better than the existing engineers on the team.
    • Not being receptive to feedback, either from their manager or other peers on the team.
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    Robinhood, Meta, Course Hero, PayPal
    2 years ago

    For me, the main way I've seen engineers fail at Meta is low code quality. You can tell they're not being very thoughtful in their code reviews and this reflects in the "dressing" of the code review as well (e.g. weak summary, test plan of just "it builds", etc).

    At a higher level, I think what separates the SWEs between those at a Tier 1 company like Google and those at a Tier 2 or lower company is that the engineers at the top tier companies simply care. They weave depth into everything they do and strive to ship amazing software.