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Pls Advice : On the risk of getting Meet Most, EM suggest to start looking for Job

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Mid-Level Software Engineer [E4] at Meta14 days ago

Last weekend, I got some surprising news from my EM after our team's Pulse review submission was done.
Turns out, I'm getting a 'Meet Most' rating. I've been at Meta for two years now, and my EM thinks it's a good idea for me to start looking outside the company since a promotion seems tough in the next six months.

I'm not really sure what to think about this. Has anyone else been in this boat? I'd love to hear your experiences. Also, Is switching teams within Meta a viable option ?



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    Engineer @ Robinhood
    14 days ago

    If you're getting a "Meets most" with 2 years at FB (and I'm assuming you joined at a mid level), you have 2 paths forward:

    • Go for an all or nothing hero mode play for a senior promo
    • Look for another job
    • (With a "meets most" in this economy, there's pretty much no chance for a team switch to be approved. Especially when you only have 1 year left to get a senior promo before facebook's up-or-out removes you.)

    Even if you somehow hero mode into a senior promo, you won't be able to get to and then sustain senior level with a healthy work life balance. So I can see where your manager is coming from: assuming you joined at mid level, your more efficient path is to look for another job. But if you were promoted to mid level recently, then you'll have the time and space to try to recover next performance cycle.

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    Mid-Level Software Engineer [E4] [OP]
    14 days ago

    Thanks @Jonathan C for your feedback, yes I joined as Mid level engineer, I had so far Meets All rating.
    It was surprising to me since two weeks back my manager had informed me he will try to get Exceed expectation and will start to work on my promo doc for next half.

    About switching team, my skip manager told me he can approve it, but I guess it would be even harder to get promo as it will involve context switching.

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    Tech Lead/Manager at Meta, Pinterest, Kosei
    14 days ago

    Sorry you were surprised about the 'Meets Most' expectation rating, that can really sting. Given your manager's recommendation, I'd start to look at external options.

    When an employee is not meeting expectations, or they're on a PIP, you need to make a judgment call: does the manager actually want to support you, or are they using this as a way to get you off the team? Sadly, the answer is often the latter, just wanting you to leave.

    And in this case, your manager explicitly told you to look for external options. I'd view the time you have now as a generous severance package, where you can take 3-4 months to prep for interviews while also getting a paycheck from Meta.

    See more about PIPs here (a lot of the advice will apply):

    When you're interviewing, don't volunteer the information that you had an MM rating at Meta. Often, these performance issues are as much the company's fault as the employee's. With the Meta brand on your resume, I'm confident you'll find something great!

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    Mid-Level Software Engineer [E4] [OP]
    7 days ago

    Thank you for the response. Last week my Manager quit, I think he was trying to give heads-up before leaving. Will start preparing now. I wish I would have discovered this Taro community earlier.