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Updated Jun 29, 2014
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96% Approve of the CEO

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg

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91% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Customer Service (Former Employee)
    Austin, TX

    ProsThe brand name of Facebook carries some power. Also the offices are nice except for the lack of AC in the area I was in.

    ConsFor lower level employees, Facebook doesn't care about you in terms of salary and is ready to cancel you contract at any time. My contract was canceled for money problems.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake the lower level employees feel valued and have opportunities for personal growth.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Mediocre managers at best

    Software Engineering Intern (Current Employee)
    Menlo Park, CA

    ProsThere are a lot of smart people at Facebook. My colleagues are smart and nice. Even after I left Facebook, I kept my connections with them. With their help, I am able to land a job at a promising job at a top startup.

    ConsMy manager knew very little about computer science and the basic principles about software engineering. I feel sorry for him when he mentioned the peer pressure at FB, and showed me "good" examples of code. I do not bother to work with him again.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWhen you hire managers from outside the company, you need to be careful about their technical skills. Hire more smart new graduates, instead of some mediocre managers from some other companies.

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

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    Used to be a great company

    Analyst (Current Employee)
    Menlo Park, CA

    Pros- Smart individual contributors
    - The managers who grew organically with the company are pretty good too.
    - Awesome product and impacting 1 billion people.
    - culture used to be good, but deteriorating. have to be careful

    Cons- I have noticed we are hiring more and more managers from outside which is bad for morale. In analytics, hiring leaders from outside is a top priority.
    - Many of these newly hired managers are not in sync with our culture. Even if that was not the case, it's still bad for morale.
    - Life work balance is too much skewed towards work.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't hire outside managers. Promote from within. I'm giving Mark an "approve" below. He's awesome but he should tell the M-team not to hire outside managers whenever possible.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good company, too many failures, mostly boring work

    Software Engineer (Former Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    ProsFacebook is used by everyone, and this is incredible. The Menlo Park campus is really cool and has a great vibe.
    - Great benefits
    - Smart people
    - Impact on millions of people

    ConsI joined Facebook a few years ago because of the agility of the engineering team. Back then, it was true. Today, not as much.
    - Most projects fail due to over-complication and over-engineering
    - Smart people are hampered by large inflexible codebase
    - Very hype-based culture (thing x is the new hotness, everyone on board!)
    - Most of the code is old and not owned by anyone, yet still in production
    - Most work is very mundane and not very exciting

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop being so impatient for "impact" - some projects take time and nurture them.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Data Science

    Data Scientist (Current Employee)
    Menlo Park, CA

    ProsSmart people, especially many with PhDs and other forms of strong academic performance.

    ConsProduct Managers treat analytics as ad hoc data pullers. Data and development environment actively hinders cross analyst information and expertise sharing.

    Advice to Senior ManagementClarify job roles differences between data science, analytics and business intelligence. Incorporate standardization and peer review principles of software engineering into analytics workflows.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Smart, boring people and no balance.

    Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    Menlo Park, CA

    ProsThe people are smart, and the scaling challenges are great. Where else does your code impact a billion people? The compensation is amazing.

    Senior management are generally amazing people, smart, visionary and compassionate.

    ConsThe focus on measuring means anything that can't be measured is ignored. It's easy to measure someone's ability to code on a whiteboard. As a result, the coders are much better than nearly everywhere I've worked, but that's it. Social skills and personality can't be measured. As a result there is no one here you would ever be friends. The internal surveys bear this point that people don't have friends at work. Similarly for managers, they are selected strictly for their technical ability. Again, they have zero compassion. In my time being here, I've never once felt like anyone cared if I was here or not. Not once has anything positive ever been said. It's really astounding.

    Recruiting does an amazing job at making candidates feel wanted. That feeling disappears the moment you sign. After that, you have no manager or anyone who will care. You'll go into bootcamp where you'll have a "mentor". His role is to continue to do his job while counting the number of lines in your diffs to make sure you can make progress with no assistance.

    After bootcamp, you'll have a manager who operates in the same mode. They are interested in the technology and not the people. To them, you are a resource to be maximized. They will tell you everything you need to do to improve, but never once say "good job". In boot camp, I kept meeting these amazing, visionary dynamic managers. I know realize they were the exception. Those people made me love Facebook during bootcamp, but that feeling wore off quickly once I interacted with the average line level manager.

    Plus, beware of the reviews here. Recruiting will tell you point blank that they curate these reviews. The reason FB has the highest rating is because someone internally has a goal to achieve certain star ratings on this site.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStart selecting people for human relationship skills and focus less on pure technical ability.

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

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    The worst management experience of my career.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Menlo Park, CA

    ProsMore food then you could ever imagine, shuttle service, bike shop, events and more perks, and more perks and more perks.
    Lots of smart people and the ability to work from home on occasion.

    ConsCommunication across teams and even within teams, career growth, salaries are so low in comparisons to the market value of the employees skills, privacy, and worst of all inexperienced management. The lack of compassion in this company is unbelievable, and the lack of mentorship is surprising.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire some adults! Learn to invest in your current employees career growth.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Disappointing

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsFacebook is a product that touches so many lives. Big impact. The management style is good—managers are managers by choice, so they actually care about managing well. And they don't micromanage.

    ConsThe company lacks vision, IMHO, and has big trust issues with users. For good reason. Personally, I don't think the company has a lot of lasting value.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe company spends a lot of time looking at, and copying, rivals. It's "data-driven," for sure. But I think this is coming at the cost of a broader vision for what Facebook is for and why people should keep using it.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Salary is so low that you need to bring food home

    Engineer (Current Employee)
    Menlo Park, CA

    Prosyou have a big name on your CV

    Consyou will need to bring food and snacks home from the office if you want to survive

    Advice to Senior ManagementIt's degrading have to systematically "steal" food from the office, please pay us more, salary is just average, promotions are non existent after a couple of years.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    nice campus, bad salaries, lot of pressure

    Engineer (Current Employee)
    Menlo Park, CA

    Pros-nice working environment
    -a lot of food

    Cons-low salary, you will starve if you are a single income family
    -salary + benefits does not compensate the huge effort you will make on a job here
    -lot of pressure to deliver or pretend to deliver something with impact

    Advice to Senior ManagementCompany could definitely afford to pay above the average, instead is keeping people "hungry" with the excuse of free food and having FB name on CV.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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