May 19 2020

Five ways to grow your career at Meta

By Meta Careers
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At Meta, we strive to create an environment where people can learn, grow, inspire and innovate. Key to delivering on this promise is our bottom-up culture, where people are empowered to have a voice, make decisions and build solutions for all types of challenges. Read on to hear from Meta team members on how to carve out an inspiring career path.

1. Embrace autonomy during your career journey

We empower people to take on new challenges that keep them inspired, such as changing teams or seeking out opportunities outside of their day-to-day roles. Don S., a software engineering manager in Meta’s London office, says, “At Meta, you’re not climbing a ladder—instead, you’re measured by what you’ve done, by taking on a larger scope and by the real impact of your daily work. Having the ability to choose your own path is a healthy way to grow your skills.”
Susie P., a technical recruiter for product design leadership, adds, “Over the past four years, I’ve grown more than I ever thought possible. Meta has given me the resources and the opportunity to transition into a new role and do what I love, while continuing to grow and challenge myself. As recruiters at Meta, we don't just conduct interviews and fulfill hiring demands. We genuinely have a seat at the table in helping build the next generation of Meta’s leadership teams. We work to bring on people that are shaping the company's future.”
(Susie P., Technical Recruiter, Product Design Leadership)

2. Find opportunities for impact, no matter your role

“There’s always room to grow and lead, whether you’re a manager, seasoned engineer or someone who’s just starting out in your role or career,” Liane P. tells us. “I’ve been a software engineer for more than 20 years, and every few years, I’m asked whether I want to be a manager. As you become more senior in your career, you typically have the option to go into management or become a specialist. At Meta, you also have the option to be the person who uncovers big opportunities to drive change, dives deep into the system to find a solution, and rallies people to make it happen.”
Dwayne R., a software engineer, also embraced an opportunity to take on a new role. He tells us, "As a junior engineer at Meta, I was working on a project to migrate a core part of our code from PHP to the Hack programming language. It ended up being really successful. Afterward, my manager said to me, 'You know this better than anyone else. Do you want to lead this initiative to migrate more code to Hack for the company?' I took on the challenge, and I eventually joined the Hack team as a technical lead. I spent two and a half years leading the team, and before I knew it, I was presented with another opportunity—this time to manage people. Until that point, I had never considered management, but today, it's the most rewarding part of my job."
(Dwayne R., Software Engineer)

3. Follow your passions outside of your day-to-day role

Oftentimes the most rewarding opportunities are the ones you carve out yourself. Maheen S., a product designer for the AI team, tells us, “The best thing about Meta is that if you want to do something, you can make it happen. One of my dreams was to make a connection with my home country of Pakistan, where I grew up. When I was previously on the AR/VR team, I helped bring the Meta Innovation Lab there, providing resources for people to build VR experiences. Then, I add the opportunity to work on projects around ethics in VR, which is an area I'm passionate about.”
(Maheen S., Product Designer, AI)

4. Explore opportunities in different locations globally

Team members who have relocated to work at a different Meta location have shared how the experience helped them explore new career opportunities within a new culture. Anna-Maria T., Head of Russia in Warsaw, explains: “I started my career at Meta in Warsaw. I then spent three years at Meta in Dublin, and last year I moved back to Warsaw. One of the great advantages of relocating is the opportunity for growth. With encouragement from my manager, I found roles that matched my experience and challenged me in my career. I’m happy that I gained global perspectives with each move. Meta made the whole process very easy. They packed and transported my belongings, and facilitated my work permit paperwork.”
(Anna-Maria T., Head of Russia)

5. Take advantage of opportunities for collaboration

The global scale of our work often calls for cross-functional collaboration across teams. People have unique opportunities to learn from others in different roles. Ori M., Engineering Director, says, “Meta team members are people who want to learn, evolve, deliver a good product and make a difference—all without ego. We have an open office that encourages creativity. Because of this, the culture here is nothing short of empowering. I heard a lot about the environment before I joined, but experiencing this kind of collaboration first-hand at such a large company was a huge surprise for me. In reality, Meta is the biggest startup in the world.”
Interested in learning more about how Meta can support your career journey? See our open roles here.

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