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  • Hey, TechLead here,

  • and welcome back to another episode of the ex-Google,

  • ex-Facebook TechLead.

  • We are in New York today.

  • And I wanted to talk today about some of my learnings in getting fired from Facebook,

  • kind of follow up on my last video and

  • first of all, also, I want to thank everybody for all of your kind words,

  • you know, I have never been fired in my life before and

  • I've seen people get fired, throughout my career,

  • I've seen people just disappear.

  • And I never quite thought that that would happen to me.

  • So I wanted to kind of explain that if this does ever happen to you,

  • and it may,

  • what some of my learnings were and

  • my takeaways from that.

  • You know, first of all, I think that getting fired is more of a mental state.

  • It is a disgrace,

  • it is shameful.

  • In reality, it may not actually be that bad, right?

  • It's kind of like in the military, the difference between just leaving it

  • and a dishonorable discharge.

  • It's all the same in the end, really,

  • like the result's about the same.

  • I could have easily just as well left the company

  • of my own voluntary accord, and

  • the result would pretty much be the same.

  • It's just that when you get fired,

  • there's a lot of mental shame and guilt,

  • the way your former coworkers may treat you,

  • the way you leave -

  • you don't get to say goodbye to anybody,

  • you just vanish.

  • That part may kind of be disturbing.

  • So why am I talking about this?

  • Because I want to bring some light to this topic,

  • something we don't talk about much in the tech industry,

  • but it happens all the time.

  • You constantly see people disappearing around you.

  • And, you know, it could be for a variety of reasons -

  • it could just be low performance,

  • it could be for the stupidest smallest reasons like

  • running a YouTube show, in my case.

  • And also, I'm just trying to monetize my getting fired.

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  • You know, it's funny that I always had this fantasy.

  • And maybe many of you do, too, that

  • if you were to ever get fired,

  • all of your coworkers, your friends would just rally around you

  • and support you and say that

  • if you're being terminated,

  • then they're going to quit too voluntarily.

  • It just doesn't happen like that.

  • And you like to think that you've got their backs

  • and they've got your back

  • and you're all in this together -

  • it just doesn't quite work like that.

  • Everybody is, in reality, just scrambling to save their own jobs.

  • And the truth is that people value their own jobs over their humanity.

  • And that's why firing works.

  • That's why people can just rip relationships and friendships apart at workplaces.

  • And nobody says a thing about it.

  • Nobody questions that.

  • It's sad, really, right.

  • You know, your coworkers who maybe you saw everyday,

  • you had morning conversations with your manager,

  • who always said that they were supporting you,

  • that they seemed to care about you,

  • was all fake,

  • was just a pretend show for these people to keep their jobs and maintain their appearances.

  • And you know, who knows,

  • but my general recommendation has always been to disengage from your coworkers.

  • It's a place of exchange of your time for money,

  • it can be as simple as that and

  • if you were to look for anything deeper than that,

  • then just be aware that it could be built on a pretty weak foundation there.

  • Nothing wrong with having some light conversations,

  • but to believe that these people would be your family

  • and that they've got your back?

  • I remember I was once working in a company with my brother,

  • and we didn't like the environment.

  • So when I quit, he quit at the same time.

  • That's family, that's people who have your back.

  • Now another tip is data management.

  • If you feel that you may be losing your job soon,

  • maybe you're getting picked on that performance improvement plan,

  • then you want to be careful about your data.

  • Make sure that you've downloaded your personal data,

  • that you have backups of that,

  • and that if you do happen to get called into HR,

  • before you go to that meeting,

  • just make a quick backup of all of your data and information.

  • Because they can take away your laptop at any moment,

  • like they did for me and

  • to this day, I still have not gotten back any of the photos that I have left on my work laptop.

  • You know all of that property is company property so

  • having a clear separation of your personal stuff and your work stuff would be great advice.

  • Health insurance is actually another good one to start thinking about.

  • When I got terminated, I had a few days left to use up my health insurance.

  • So I went ahead and did all of my medical exams and got glasses made,

  • I actually decided to continue my health insurance on Cobra,

  • which is $700 to $800 per month. Pretty expensive.

  • I wasn't originally going to do that but you know, I just thought

  • Fine, I'll do it.

  • And I think what this overall does is

  • it helps bring some perspective into your life.

  • Don't depend on your paycheck,

  • the social status,

  • or the workplace friendships you may have had there.

  • Because depending on these things will just make your getting fired all the more terrible for you.

  • You know, for me, it's not like I was living some upscale life spending 90% of my paycheck every single month,

  • having a bunch of friends and parties with my coworkers because

  • if I were doing that, it would be pretty bad if I were to suddenly lose all of that.

  • My entire lifestyle would change in that scenario.

  • For me, losing a job has almost no impact on my actual day to day life.

  • Even the social stigma that you may normally feel is not quite there.

  • It's not like I suddenly need to downgrade my lifestyle.

  • It's not like I have to justify what happened to a bunch of people

  • who may be looking down on me.

  • And you know, it's funny, right?

  • Maybe you thought that you were all on the same team.

  • One team, one company, one dream.

  • Maybe you actually believed in the company mission,

  • shared that dream,

  • put in those all nighters,

  • gave up some of your personal life, your family life...

  • Maybe you sacrificed your own health,

  • didn't go to the gym,

  • let yourself get fat.

  • So at times like this, it's good to just remind yourself -

  • a job is that exchange of your time for money. Nothing more.

  • Don't give anything more than that.

  • I know a lot of people actually who have been laid off.

  • Maybe they get fired, maybe they voluntarily quit.

  • And you want to make sure that whatever you have left at the end of the day

  • is still something worthwhile that was a fair trade.

  • I think getting fired was sort of a social stigma that came up from the old days

  • when people used to hold on to their jobs for 10, 20, 30 years.

  • But these days in the tech industry, people are moving jobs like every two to three years anyway.

  • And that's largely because you still have your skills, that experience.

  • And so thanks to everybody from the last video who reminded me that

  • it's true, I have not hit rock bottom.

  • I still have all of my skills.

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  • Okay, so it seems like I didn't make it to 10 minutes so let's do some quick Q&A just to fill up the time,

  • and I will show you some scenes of New York City while I'm here.

  • So someone asks if I was actually fired because of the prior video about women in the workplace?

  • No, I was not.

  • I knew actually, that video was probably a little bit risky and

  • even though I had that concept in mind, I did not release it until after I was terminated.

  • So I felt safe to just go ahead and push that one out.

  • Some people actually wonder if this is related to the tech interview pro course that I run,

  • which by the way, check it out if you're interested in landing a job at

  • Facebook, Google, any of these top tier tech companies.

  • I will help fast track your career,

  • level that playing field for you such that you have as much information as anybody else

  • trying to get a job in these tech companies.

  • And I think that if you know the skills,

  • if you know your data structures and algorithms,

  • if you can answer those questions,

  • and you know the behavior tips,

  • then you should be good.

  • But that aside, HR actually asked me for a list of names of all the other tech YouTubers that I knew.

  • I did not give that up.

  • And that's a very scary thing.

  • But thereafter, anybody who is currently running a YouTube show, blog, podcast.

  • You know, it's just a classic case of HR being HR.

  • And let me mention a little something here -

  • I don't believe that being a YouTuber is anything special.

  • I believe it's the future, I believe that, you know, I'm just a normal person.

  • I'm just a normal software engineer.

  • I don't consider myself a YouTuber.

  • I believe that in the future, in a few years,

  • everybody will have a YouTube presence.

  • Right? It's just the direction of the digital space.

  • Video is becoming more prevalent,

  • just like how everybody may have a LinkedIn profile.

  • It wouldn't be weird, if everybody were to have a YouTube profile as well,

  • where they just upload their thoughts and ideas on whatever they're interested in.

  • Having a company like Facebook fault you on that, I believe,

  • is just backwards and outdated thinking.

  • Some people wonder if my salary was actually 500K? And yeah, it was -

  • it was even higher than that, actually.

  • You know, you take a look at the base salary 220K,

  • and then you add on all the other equity and bonuses,

  • and you get to that level or even higher.

  • And I know that it sounds very high.

  • But this is why I recommend that everybody try to get into famous companies,

  • because they can get your bills paid.

  • The compensation in these top tier tech companies is just higher than what,

  • say, like a startup may pay you.

  • Primarily I think, because they have that equity portion,

  • and also because they're Silicon Valley based where talent is very competitive, right,

  • you're not going to get this sort of income if you're in like the Midwest or something like that,

  • which is why I recommend software engineers migrate to one of these tech hubs -

  • Silicon Valley, New York, Seattle, any of these large cities,

  • and then make it a long term goal to get into one of these top tier tech companies.

  • It may not happen overnight, but you know,

  • you can check out my program techinterviewpro.com

  • Some people wonder if I was fired, actually, because my performance was no good.

  • And I don't think so, at least.

  • My last half, I had the meets all for my level E6, which is pretty hard to do actually.

  • The expectations are pretty high there.

  • And you know, there's been a lot of churn, at least in my organization.

  • I moved teams at least like four times during the time I was there.

  • So it hasn't been the smoothest sailing. And, you know,

  • if I was really like, a stellar performer,

  • then I would have named myself the senior tech lead or the director, which I'm not.

  • I'm just TechLead.

  • Did we reach 10 minutes?

  • I think we did.

  • Alright, see you next time then.

  • Bye.

Hey, TechLead here,

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