I'm moving forward to team matching at Meta for E4 and wanted to ask the community if they had any suggestions for teams with the strongest potential for growth, especially for the New York office.
The recruiter gave me the following survey. I stated I'd be more of a "Product - Generalist" role. Would also be curious to learn more about "Systems - Generalist" as I did the System Design interview as well.
In general from what I've seen, there's a decent amount of opportunity in Instagram, Whatsapp, and Reality Labs (from product announcements and earnings calls). I've also been told to avoid monetization as it's difficult to make an impact there.
Would appreciate any advice or suggestions! Also would appreciate tips on what questions to ask Hiring Managers to assess how they grow E4s.
What is your role? (select the one that applies)
What type of work motivates you the most? (select all that apply)
Who do you want to build products for? (select all that apply)
Please select which Meta Pillar(s) you’d be interested in joining? (select all that apply)
How would you rank your preference in terms of products? (feel free to use numbers)
A few thoughts:
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I actually think working on monetization, specifically ads, is good for growth as the impact is very clear and easy to measure (you're literally counting dollars). Of course, there are trade-offs of working on ads at a company where 97%+ of the revenue is ad revenue, which I cover here: "What is it like working on ads teams?"
I'm personally bullish on Instagram and WhatsApp as I think those apps have a lot of untapped potential (especially WhatsApp as it's severely under-monetized). WhatsApp may be tricky though as they notoriously don't like hiring E3s/E4s and horde a lot of E5+ engineers.
At the end of the day though, focus on the quality of the team. Let's say you're deciding between these 2 teams:
Team #1 wins every single time. This is especially true for E4 where you're more focused on very solid execution and not on scope until you start making serious progress towards E5 (which is around 1 year away).
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