Brutal and hilarious. Good deadpan. "Without a doubt Facebook is one of the best offices I've worked in ... open office is like working in a warehouse, food is good, they have decent coffee."
No thrashing around for product-market fit, changing goals every week.
Everyone I talked to seemed so... calm. It was surreal. At my current startup job people seem to take a weird sort of pride in how frazzled and overwhelmed they are.
Sadly, many of them already have (or plan to) do a "digital transformation". In a nutshell that means: Huge open space developer farms, firing old (expensive) engineers, forcing everything into Kubernetes, doing "sledgehammer agile (e.g. forced agile). This in turn leads to massive turnover.
The difference lies in perception. Or to put it more elegantly, if you like (or at least can tolerate) that specific flavor of Kool-Aid.
In these large companies the #1 employee is the one who crushed everyone else on their path. No strange that many high-performers are sociopaths.
I often argue with my female colleagues who see this as an aspect of patriarchy culture since these sociopaths tend to be men. I disagree because their victims have no gender, these people simply don't care who they're mistreating. Nevertheless, I met many women who perceive it as a huge gender issue.
As such, if it is an aspect of patriarchal culture, it is more accurate to say that it is a patriarchal attitude that both men and women adopt, rather than it being something essentially "manly".
The cultural characterisation seems completely accurate to me.
Everybody plays multiple games of performative open plan activity, pushing other people to join their projects, all with the friendly face of 'make the world a better place' while counting their RSUs.
I did not say shitty. Clearly, there are strong benefits including pay, career development, network, benefits. Everything comes at a price. They price of that is the psychological pressure of a highly politicised environment with many subtle layers which can be hard to navigate for many.
My SO works in healthcare and their job is arguably tougher in every possible dimension even though end-to-end qualification time via med school was even longer. Almost every job is compared to FAANG research scientist.
That doesn't mean I wouldn't prefer the same or slightly worse benefits without the open plan and culture.
I'm not defending Facebook nor attacking Shye, I just want to say that rules are pretty much the same for different games so why criticising one and accepting the other?
And on the other side we have this CANCER called Facebook, which is managed by a gang of managers that respect nothing and nobody.
And the fun part that nobody commented (I think) is that YT is another brutal violator of everything-privacy, and YT is one main tool in their toolbox.
Edit: removed semi-foul language
The means might look the same on the surface, but very different beasts under the hood.
Its like that Kris Lindahl radio ad that starts "are you sick of Kris Lindhal ads? You could change the station, but wed be playing it there too!!"
Nothing against TechLead. Just posting because it reminded me of one of my favourite quotes.
Why should I care about his opinion?
I mean from Youtuber that wants to get viewers perspective it's perfectly reasonable, but generally it looks not nice for me.
Sometimes his delivery is so deadpan that I get an odious vibe from it. But it does seem that he’s not serious and is using his previous status as a part of the humour.
For one purpose likes are useful, for other purposes they are absurd.