Elizabeth Entenman
May 23, 2016 1:24 pm
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Working at Facebook sounds like a pretty sweet gig. The benefits are great, the perks even greater, and you get to be part of one of the most influential tech companies in the world. Still, there are downfalls of working in Silicon Valley—namely, the amount of time spent at the office. Nobody knows that better than the Zuckerbergs.

Randi Zuckerberg, Mark’s sister, left Facebook in 2011 to move back to New York. Now, she’s opening up about her decision to switch coasts in an eye-opening essay for Vogue.

“Everything has a cost, and I found that cost to be a culture that left no room for personal passions,” she wrote. “If you weren’t head down, 24/7, focused on your company and driving ruthlessly toward its success, you were considered frivolous.”

Randi expanded on the idea that productivity is the most important thing in Silicon Valley, citing the lengths employees go to in order to keep themselves awake and at their desks. Things like meal-replacement drinks, Ritalin, and even LSD are all on the table. Higher productivity leads to better career opportunities, which leads to more money.

But it’s just not a lifestyle Randi wanted anymore, especially after her first son was born. She wanted to pursue the more creative outlets—ones that a job at Facebook just didn’t allow for, and ones that her colleagues didn’t all take seriously.

“Many of my peers were critical of these pursuits, seeing in them a lack of seriousness,” she continued. “Perhaps there was simply a bigger target on my back because I was a Zuckerberg. Or perhaps it was my gender, since in my experience we were judged more harshly than men.”

Since settling into New York’s Upper West Side, Randi has guest starred in Rock of Ages on Broadway, has a TV show on Oxygen called Quit Your Day Job, and wrote a children’s book called Dot. She also hosts a weekly radio show on SiriusXM called Dot Complicated. Oh, and did we mention she’s also the mama to two adorable little boys?

Randi has definitely maintained the Silicon Valley mindset of staying busy, but is also able to pursue creative endeavors. It sounds like she’s definitely found the best of both coasts!

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