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How to navigate finding a new team at Meta based on my priorities?

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Entry-Level Software Engineer [E3] at Metaa month ago

I watched the masterclass on finding a new team and understanding my own priorities to lead a fulfilling career and find a new team within Meta.

Currently, I'm being put up for promotion for IC4 (hopefully, I'll know in late Feb about the outcome) and I would like to switch teams.

My priorities in order:

  • Work-life balance
  • Supportiveness of team + (most of team in NYC)T
  • Technical space
  • Growth opportunities
  • Product space

My technical space interest is mostly in ML infrastructure (partially what my current team works on) and eventually would like to work towards getting to IC5, but more importantly I'm exploring another potential career (i.e. comedy and stand-up!).

I would like to prioritize my WLB, so does anyone have any suggestions on how to go about my search (considering Meta is known more for grind culture)? And what orgs/teams to look at within the company?

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    Tech Lead @ Robinhood, Meta, Course Hero
    a month ago

    The #1 indicator of how people will behave in the future is how they behaved in the past. In Meta's case, WLB information shouldn't be that hard to find as the company is so transparent:

    1. Look at when engineers are publishing diffs and Workplace posts
    2. Ask for Pulse results and look at the work-life balance score
    3. Go through their meetings and see how late/early they go and whether they do meetings over lunch. Teams that book over lunch tend to be extremely grindy

    Here's another good thread from a Meta engineer about team switching as well: "What's the best way to think about a team switch?"

    Best of luck with your promotion and career exploration! That's a super cool path to think about!

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    Tech Lead/Manager at Meta, Pinterest, Kosei
    a month ago

    Many internal tools are known to have better work/life balance. e.g. a friend who joined the Recruiting Products org at Meta said it was the most chill job he ever took