• Lanya OlmstedLanya Olmsted, over 6 years ago

    When you say that you left the FB team because it had gotten too big for you -- can you elaborate on that?

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    • Chris KalaniChris Kalani, over 6 years ago (edited over 6 years ago )

      When I joined the company there were maybe 18 product designers not counting the 2 design managers. We all sat together and operated as a single team working on multiple products at once. As we grew the team was broken up into product specific teams. We moved campuses and began sitting in different buildings.

      Design became more integrated into each product vertical, which was the right call and the only way we were to scale. But as time went on, more and more designers got thrown at projects once handled by a single person. So a product like Messenger which had 1 or 2 designers suddenly had 5+ designers. Same app, smaller slice of the pie, more cooks in the kitchen, more engineers, more PM's, more meetings == less doing what I wanted to be doing.

      By the time I left I think we had almost 100 designers. The company more than doubled and we went from 500M users to over 1 billion. Things just changed, as they were supposed to. I just wasn't able to handle the growth as well as others.

      Long story short, I LOVED (and still love) the company and everyone there. I owe so much to Facebook and I am glad I was there when I was. And I would still recommend working there, just not if you like small teams :P

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