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Updated July 27, 2015
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Pros
  • Your surrounded by smart people (in 85 reviews)

  • Free food and frequent offsites (in 69 reviews)

Cons
  • There is no work/life balance at Facebook (in 54 reviews)

  • No work/life balance; long hours; must work a lot just to stay afloat; difficult for those with families and/or small children (in 26 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (45)

    Landslide win over Google for career growth

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Menlo Park, CA

    I have been working at Facebook full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I just left Google and joined Facebook, and felt so much happier. The reasons are: 1. The real impact At Google I joined a team whose product is only used by less than 1000 people, and even for that product I was assigned to do a peripheral part, whose functionality actually doesn't matter at all. Just for that module, I had to write unit test for every silly part of the code, and took long iteration cycles. I admit those are good engineering coding trainings, however taking precious time in my life to work on something that doesn't matter is just a waste of my life. In Facebook things just move so much faster. There are standard software engineering review process but not as rigid. Just during training (boot camp) weeks, I had tasks to change very important part of Facebook's core code, and the second day after I check-in my code, it got shipped to almost 1 billion people. As a software engineer I cannot recall a moment I felt better for my job. Then I joined a team that's extremely important to Facebook's revenue. A mistake in the code I changed could cause Facebook million dollar a day. However Facebook just trusted us, allowed us making mistake and having quick iteration cycles to test ideas fast. If I make a coding mistake in my team in Google it might cost Google nothing in terms of revenue as my product was small, however the development process was so strict I could not have chance to try my innovations or test my ideas. But in Facebook that's all possible. 2. The organizational structure Google's organization is now very structured and hierarchical. Facebook is having more layers, but the working style is still flat, and social-network style. Speaking to people in different teams, form an idea, lead a virtual team and complete it, this style is still valued. My boss is more like a mentor helping me navigating through the ideas, rather than an authority telling me what to do.

    Cons

    1. I don't quite like the office decoration style. A little bit stressful and factory like. 2. The compensation is better than Google but not as good as other smaller companies. 3. Despite good acquisitions for solidify the position in social media, social networks, there is still uncertainty about the future of this company.

    Facebook Response

    Jul 10, 2015 – Your Friends at Facebook

    We're happy to hear that you are thriving at Facebook and have been making an impact from day 1. Being nimble and moving fast, much like a start-up but at such a large scale, is what makes our ... More


  2. Helpful (4)

    Great freedom

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Facebook full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - great learning opportunities - high degree of freedom - strong sense of ownership

    Cons

    - some managers aren't really manager material, but just did a lateral switch for the wrong reasons - despite having some truly exceptional people, there are a number of new hires that are sub-par - work life balance varies immensely across teams, from very relaxed (10-6, mon-fri), to very ridiculous (12h+, 6+days a week)...

    Advice to Management

    Continue passing down the ideals strongly across the hierarchy!


  3. Amazing learning opportunities

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Data Scientist in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Data Scientist in Menlo Park, CA

    I have been working at Facebook full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Learning opportunities are really unparalleled. There are so many different 'camps', classes, and informal learning opportunities at the company. If you have an interest in a topic, most likely someone else is equally interested in teaching you about it. - Many of the little things are taken care of for you: food, laundry, shuttle, gym, etc. It does add up, from both a money and time perspective. - Managers care! I've had better and worse managers, but one unifying theme is that they all have good intentions, which I can't say for every manager I've had in my short career.

    Cons

    - Salary growth can be somewhat linear...and the y-axis (what you start off at), has more weight than it should for a young company. - Easy for performance to all clump together at the above expectations rating, which really makes it difficult to stand out.

    Advice to Management

    Work more aggressively to reward hard work with proper reviews and compensation.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Sales Client Partner

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Client Partner in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Client Partner in New York, NY

    I have been working at Facebook full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Wonderful company and great benefits. Fantastic culture, a true leader in our industry and an example for other companies to follow. Great supporter of equal pay and opportunities for all.

    Cons

    Pace is incredibly hard and demanding. Growing too fast at times. Need to slow down and put more alignment in place. Almost too transparent with our employees with information and data. They really do share a lot, there are positives and negatives to that, such as when new products get leaked to the press.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing, putting people first at the core of our product and services. And treating your employees with great care and kindness.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Top of the Field

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY

    I have been working at Facebook full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great pay, great benefits, interesting work. You get to work with some of the best engineers in the world, and the business is doing incredibly well.

    Cons

    Work-life balance, while better than most top tech companies and certainly startups, is always a struggle. Unstructured work environment is a challenge to some.

    Advice to Management

    Make you employees feel like it's OK to unplug and recharge. Make employee calibrations more transparent.


  7. Helpful (1)

    marketing manager

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Facebook full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    great party time at the office after work

    Cons

    Total waste of my life and potential for a evil corporate giant


  8. Helpful (1)

    Contractor

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Culinary Recruiter and Human Resources Assistant in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Culinary Recruiter and Human Resources Assistant in Fremont, CA

    I have been working at Facebook (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    free food, gym, culture, people, work flexibility

    Cons

    noisy, contractors treated differently, lots of changes


  9. Can't imagine a better workplace

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Writer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Writer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Facebook full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    * Open culture - no secret projects * Opportunity for growth * Access to management via weekly Q&As * Lots of learning and development courses * Encouragement to work on what you are passionate about * Perks and benefits can change according to what employees want most

    Cons

    The company is scaling rapidly, so while there is still a start-up culture, it's impossible to have the type of familiarity with all your coworkers and knowledge of all active projects you'd have at a smaller place.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing!


  10. Helpful (5)

    High Impact, Great Responsiblity

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Facebook full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Lots of internal opportunities- Facebook is growing in both products and it's people. Smaller and lean teams so that one can grow their career quickly. Given a large amount of responsibility and has the viewpoint that to be promoted, you should be consistently performing at the next level. People there are gems. There is a strong hiring bar. Magical campus, great amenities- spa, gym, laundry, food, wifi transportation- so that you can focus on your work. Quick to change processes to make things better. Treats feedback like it's a gift.

    Cons

    You will work hard and there aren't always lulls like at other companies. I don't see this as a con though since this is the type of opportunity I was looking for.

    Advice to Management

    More tools and tips on how we should prioritize or day since we operate so lean.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Best place to work at

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Front End Engineer in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Front End Engineer in Menlo Park, CA

    I have been working at Facebook

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    1) Co-workers are all crazy talented and top of the industry 2) Working on some really technically interesting and challenging problems 3) Anything you do affect up to a billion people!

    Cons

    The location of the office is the biggest drawback, it's in the middle of nowhere with no good housing nearby

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing, it's awesome working at Facebook!



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