Facebook Staff Can Change Teams Easily

Facebook lets its employees easily transfer among different teams so they can garner fresh experience and avoid burnout.

Facebook lets its employees easily transfer among different teams so they can garner fresh experience and avoid burnout.

Often the mark of a good company, especially in the tech sector, is measured by the type of new challenges and opportunities it offers its employees to stave off boredom and ultimately, prevent staff from leaving the company altogether. That’s a brain drain of information and experience walking out the front door, which costs money and is bad for morale.

So we were pleased to see some discussion on Quorae of what Facebook does to make sure its employees stay challenged and interested in the company.

According to one employee, Facebook launched a program called “hack-a-month,” where “engineers who have been on the same team for a while transfer to a different team for a month and work on something that’s bounded enough to finish in that amount of time. Sometimes (not the majority of the time, but a significant portion) those people elect to stay with their new teams afterwards.”

Another Facebook engineer shares his experience. He says that the company encourages movement among teams more than any other tech company he knows of. Generally, engineers pick their team after a six-week boot camp (who knew?) But even after the team selection is made, and if it’s not a fit, then the company makes it easy to move after a few months. In fact, it’s not uncommon for engineers to work on up to three different teams a year!

He warns that the challenge of having such a flexible program is that engineers still have to complete their existing work and their new team work, meaning that Facebook management play a critical role in making these transitions as seamless as possible.

Readers, do you think it’s a good idea for a company like Facebook to give employees so much flexibility to make internal moves?