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Updated Mar 14, 2014
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97% Approve of the CEO

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg

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92% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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I felt like a subclass of employee at work everyday

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Facebook as a contractor for more than a year

ProsFree food, young and lively coworkers, downtown location.

ConsWhat was promised by the recruiter on the phone and in the interviews was very different than what reality as a contractor was actually like.

There is a clear separation between you and full-time employees. Physically, your full time counter-parts, that are on your team, will either sit on the other side of the aisle or in a separate part of the office than you so that you understand that you are not one of them and have as minimal interaction with them as possible. Culturally, they talk down to you and try to make you feel less than them (yes, word gets around the office), give you the tasks none of them want to do and will also give you as little amount of responsibility as they can.

As a contractor your job will be about as repetitive as they come because the FTE's will allocate you the most mind numbing of all work at Facebook. Your job consists of 3 second intervals of decision over and over for the course of an entire day.

FTE's will have parties and day trips away from the office that you simply can not go to. What made it worse was that many times the contractors would not know that the FTE's would have the day off and the contractors would come in to work and have the entire workload on their shoulders. A prime example of how little FTE's care about you.

In one instance I was told to leave the office in the middle of my workday and find a new place to work because the full time employee's were going to have a beer pong party. The environment is very hypocritical because the walls are covered with posters about inclusion, acceptance and empowerment but Facebook Austin excludes and shuns a huge number of the people that work their.

I have never had a more aloof manager in my entire live. I think my manager though it was cool to not care about what I did. It was awful. He/She gave no instruction, no guidance, no evaluation, no conversation, no eye contact, no meetings, didnt speak assertively and with confidence. This was not a laissez-faire management. This was an I dont care management style.

Advice to Senior ManagementStop hiring 12 month contractors and invest in people or, why not just outsource it. Contractors are put in their own corner of the office and you dont see us anyways.

Dont promise contract workers the world then give them a very underwhelming and under paid job where the feel like a subclass in their own workplace.

Encourage managers to care and/or interact with their contracts. I talked to my manager about once a month (usually when I was asked to work the weekends).

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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high expectations, low salaries

Engineer (Current Employee)
Menlo Park, CA

I have been working at Facebook full-time for more than a year

Pros-food
-technological exposure
-a lot of well prepared people

Cons-salaries are ridiculously low
-high expectations not well compensated
-wealthy management doesn't seems to care about lower levels (IC-3s, IC-4s)
-internal propaganda sometimes a bit annoying

Advice to Senior ManagementIncrease salaries, as seeing CEO giving away billions while struggling to live does not improve productivity or moral.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Facebook

Prosnothing was good for me

Conseverything was bad for me.

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Completely disappointed and ignored as if I didn't exist

Risk Ops (Former Employee)
Austin, TX

I worked at Facebook as a contractor for less than a year

ProsFree food, no dress code, downtown location, smart peers, young and fresh as you would expect

Constreated as a second class citizen, subhuman compared to full time employees, ignored, excluded from team, no potential for career advancement

Advice to Senior ManagementStop contracting. If you are going to continue to, then just move them all offsite, or in a dark room away from everyone else. At least that one, they will think you treat everyone like that. Its basically slave labor for you, and you would honestly do better to just ask for volunteers if you don't plan on hiring the position full time. At least a volunteer signed up for the abuse. I cannot think of a more demoralizing environment than the one you subject your contractors to.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Not all it's cracked up to be

Software Engineer (Former Employee)
Menlo Park, CA

I worked at Facebook part-time for more than 3 years

ProsWorking at a world leading company
Excellent pay

ConsGrueling hours
Rude management
Angry colleagues who are disillusioned with the company

Advice to Senior ManagementYou need to work this out otherwise more stories like this are going to leak out and then there will be trouble

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Very competitive work environment but not accurately advertised as such

Software Engineer (Former Employee)
Palo Alto, CA

I worked at Facebook

Pros-Opportunity to write software that gets used by hundreds of millions of people
-Opportunity to see how a successful company is run
-Opportunity to launch often
-Potential IPO

Cons-Frontend work (i.e. work done in most of the product-oriented teams) is mostly mundane PHP and nothing that really intellectually challenging from a Computer Science perspective. (Backend may be different but I never tried that.)
-Potential to get judged too quickly for performance. They are less willing than other companies to let you try something different which may be a better fit if you are not performing well enough on your current project.
-Chaos that may hurt you--you may start out on one project but be expected to do something else for no good reason, that may not be the best fit for your skills.
-Some managers are too busy to give useful frequent feedback.
-I get the impression that they manage by a bell curve, but are not not being transparent about it.

Advice to Senior ManagementBe absolutely honest to new hires about where Facebook stands in the spectrum between 'severe' and 'forgiving' for performance reviews, especially when you let new engineers choose their initial team, so that they can choose their teams carefully and pick a project they know they will do well instead of just one that catches their interest but is not necessarily a good fit for their experience and skills.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Do "lean in"...as long as it isn't at Facebook.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Facebook full-time

ProsPeople think you work for a great company.

Consnot as open culture as people might think, very hierarcial, no support from management or HR if you disagree. You have to suck up to the right people and play a "game" if you want to succeed and get support for your career development at Facebook.

Advice to Senior ManagementBe very careful when you hire middle managers. Listen to your employees.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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