Richard Sun

Richard Sun

Engineering Manager at Facebook

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13 Years

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Manager of Managers

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Hello! I'm Rich Sun, and I am Engineering manager in Social VR, at Facebook . Beforehand, I was a Sr. Director of Engineering at Kabam, Inc. I've been a video game technologist since 1999 and leading engineering teams since 2005, previously working at LucasArts, Planet Moon Studios, and Co-Founding Rogue Rocket Games. I believe having a strong mentor as I did is key to success as a leader and manager, and look forward to working with interesting people here!

Hey, I'm available every Wednesday at 4:30 PM (GMT)

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  August 12, 2020
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Stories

Define what you can gamble on when hiring.
6 December

Richard decides to take a bet on a promising graphic engineer, although the engineer shows behaviors during the interview that suggest he won't fit the company's culture.

Company Culture
Firing
Hiring
Toxic employee
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Richard Sun

Richard Sun

Engineering Manager at Facebook

Implementing a culture of communication
6 December

Richard enforces a regular one-on-one process to develop a culture of communication in a team weakened by a lack of trust.

Feelings aside
Company Culture
Internal Communication
Feedback
Reorganization
One-on-one
New Manager
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Richard Sun

Richard Sun

Engineering Manager at Facebook

How to handle an underperforming employee
6 December

Richard decides to use a PIP for an underperforming employee who lacks basic programming skills.

Underperformance
Feedback
Productivity
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Richard Sun

Richard Sun

Engineering Manager at Facebook

To Contractor or not to contractor? Pros and cons of putting off full time hiring.
6 December

Richard discusses how he built his company’s team while trying to keep the company lean.

Hiring
Scaling Team
Salary / Work Conditions
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Richard Sun

Richard Sun

Engineering Manager at Facebook

Looking back on my switch from IC to management
6 December

Richard shares how he went through the transition from IC to manager and shares a few tips about pulling it off.

Coaching / Training / Mentorship
New Manager
Career Path
Personal growth
Motivation
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Richard Sun

Richard Sun

Engineering Manager at Facebook

How to improve a negative team atmosphere?
6 December

Richard fights bad habits and a culture of negativity in a large engineering team, to launch a long-term healthy team dynamic.

Feelings aside
Company Culture
Internal Communication
Toxic atmospheres
One-on-one
Toxic employee
Health / Stress / Burn-Out
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Richard Sun

Richard Sun

Engineering Manager at Facebook

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Engineering Talks with Plato: Part 3/6 How to become a legitmate leader - 15th May 2017
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