You night have read the harsh reality of Facebook revealed by Ex 51st Facebook employee. Now another ex employee of Facebook has revealed his story about being fired from Facebook for being a “liability”. He has also explained why he would never work there again even if he gets a second chance. Read the amazing story inside.
Noah Kagan, an American Internet entrepreneur and the founder of daily deals website for digitally distributed goods and online services, AppSumo, joined Facebook as a product manager in November 2005. He was the 30th employee of Facebook. He served Facebook for eight months. He even got his first promotion in April 2006 but in June, 2006, Facebook sacked him.
This was the first time in Kagan’s life that he had been fired from any company. But why Facbook sacked him? Kagan gave the answer through writing in his blog in this way – “I wasn’t great at planning or product management at this time. Fix them or move to another position”. But Kagan raised a very important thing. He classified employees into three categories :
- Growers : These employees start when the company is small, and then adapt their skills during the natural course of growth.
- Show-ers : These people can be good for the company at a particular time, but not in the future.
- Veterans : Employees who have the most experience and can show new employees the ropes.
According to Kagan he mentioned himself as a “show-er” who was suited to the company during Facebook’s earlier time just as a temporary employee, not as a permanent one.
Kagan has admitted that while he was at Facebook, he used the company’s name massively for his own personal gain. Kagan’s most interesting revelations came next, when he described what led to his downfall, saying that he was Selfish and even went around the company’s marketing department for the 2nd promotion. But this time, Facebook fired him.
He wrote in his blog, “Constantly ask yourself how can I make the company more valuable. You do that and you will never get fired, unless you do something really stupid or the company goes out of business.”
However, Kagan’s story also reveals some key tips for businesses on when it’s time to let someone go, and how to deal with that situation. He wrote, “So be stern when letting someone go but be reasonable and thoughtful to how it must feel. I encourage everyone to get fired once so they know that feeling. It’s unbelievable and something to definitely learn from.”
If you are interested to know more of Kagan’s interesting revelation, head over to his blog.