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Updated Jul 27, 2014
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4.5 685 reviews

96% Approve of the CEO

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg

(597 ratings)

91% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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Pros
  • The best thing about this place is that you have so many smart people around you (in 70 reviews)

  • Free food, young and lively coworkers, downtown location (in 53 reviews)


Cons
  • Not the most understanding environment when it comes to work/life balance (in 42 reviews)

  • Long Hours and some times you cant balance work and your personal life (in 24 reviews)

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat place to work and get things done, tons of energy, no obstacles to creativity, very, very, very talented people

    ConsDo not even consider a full-time role here if you are over 40. The average employee is very young, and doesn't know how to treat more senior people with anything more than patronizing, sophomoric arrogance, you know: "You might think you've done this before and know what you're doing, but even though I've never done it before I'm going to be able to do it better than you." The company is lucky that it is being buoyed by ad revenue, which makes up for a lot of short sightedness when it comes to management and the efficiency brought by experience

    Advice to Senior ManagementOpen up to a truly diverse workforce that is designing social networking tools for the whole world, not just for the people who work at Facebook today.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Exciting to work and make an impact immedately . But it is starting to get big

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsCan work with very smart people and make impact immidiately

    ConsIts getting bigger and too many people now

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    Not so great unless you are FTE

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsPleasant atmosphere. Convenient onsite perks. Friendly, well-meaning people. Opportunities to be hired in-house if someone likes you.

    ConsAs a vendor you are a second-class citizen. One may have the responsibility for a project, but no one consults your opinion on how to best execute. Too much top-down, one-way communication. Reactionary, impulsive decision making based on limited, often incorrect or incomplete, information makes it difficult to focus and be effective on longterm goals.

    Everything is based on relationships. So if you are an FTE, you could be completely inept, inappropriate, offensive and egotistical, (--as long as it's to a vendor--) but if you get along well with the right people, it's overlooked.

    I recommend working here only as an FTE.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSurvey your contingent and contract workers. Most of these people are just as dedicated, intelligent and capable. Practice more inclusion and gratitude.

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

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    Not for the faint of heart!

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsCollege campus type atmosphere; sometimes you don't even feel like you are at work.
    Food, and lots of it.
    There are some really terrific people who work here.
    IT needs are very easy to get handled and the vending machines are a huge plus.
    Good benefits package.

    ConsConstant re-orgs and changing priorities can make it hard to keep up.
    Glaring differences between good managers and bad managers.
    No work/life balance; long hours; must work a lot just to stay afloat; difficult for those with families and/or small children.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagers should take more time to make sure their people are not dying a slow death due to the pace. More encouragement and time for training or personal growth.

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    Great place to work...very hard... but this teenager of a company is still trying to figure out its HR policies.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Menlo Park, CA

    ProsThe "Move Fast" reputation Facebook is known for is truly how it is inside the company. This makes getting the job done a much less painful experience. Truly an "ask for forgiveness" environment (no need to ask for permission). If there was no downside (which there is), I would give this company a rating of 5 stars hands down.

    ConsFacebook is still in its teenage years of development. While many HR processes & policies are mature (the hiring process is best I've seen), fraternization is overlooked (aka sex between coworkers, sometimes even in the office itself) and relationships within chain of command are accepted/overlooked - yet don't dare say "pimp my ride" in an open space as you will get your hands slapped.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou can still have the best culture in the world even when implementing some of the standard HR policies you would expect at any reasonably sized company. Do you really think its OK for relationships be in the chain of command (family, dating, etc)?

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Big company focused on bottom line in recruiting

    Technical Sourcer (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat people
    Lots of exposure to information and growth opportunities

    ConsChanging recruiting structure
    Lack of transparency about performance

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

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    Growing too fast and losing track of culture

    Business Analyst (Former Employee) Menlo Park, CA

    ProsSome perks, smart people, learning opportunities, great networking with very accomplished silicon valley folks, office space is fun (maybe too distracting)

    ConsTurning corporate, need to know the right people, holier than thou attitudes, veteran employees talking about their money and yachts, culture and communication is breaking down (Move fast and fix things), useless spending on parties/shirts/ice cream shop/laundry/etc just to keep young employees feeling like they are still in undergrad, Nepotism!!!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Sometimes good, sometimes a bad place to work.

    SCO-Infrastructure (Former Employee) Menlo Park, CA

    ProsBenefits, perks and pay are good. Most people are very nice.

    ConsFacebook could have been a great place to work, had it not been for the management in certain departments. When half of the people in your group quit, because they couldn't work for the new management, there is a problem. Yet upper management seemed to not notice this.

    There is no work/life balance at Facebook. Good luck getting time off, as you don't have time to leave your desk to take a vacation or have a day off, and don't have backups to support you, so if you do get a day off, your desk is piled with the work that didn't get done when you were gone.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake sure the people you hire for management positions, are a good fit to Facebook culture. Because some managers shouldn't even have been hired in the first place, and FB lost a lot of good people for this reason.

    Managers: Make sure that you stick to your words when asking us to trust you, and not stab your star employees in the back.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Need to suck up to management

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Menlo Park, CA

    Pros- Some of the smartest engineers I've ever worked with
    - Great free food and perks (dry cleaning, snacks, etc)
    - Lots of opportunities to make things happen -- great bottoms up culture
    - Mostly very nice people who try to help each other out

    Cons- Engineering management runs the show -- you need to suck up to them to succeed, and if you dare disagree, prepare to leave
    - Poor quality management -- many are set there by level and for being smart technically, but aren't good people and career managers
    - Terrible work/life balance unless you actively set barriers and don't do some things
    - Sloppy coding -- hacking is more prized than good structure and elegance
    - A bit overly full of itself and entitled

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe more selective with managers and get people who communicate well and genuinely care about their employees. Some of this can be trained / mentored but there are folks who really just shouldn't be people managers.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good Company, but Bad Politics

    Software Engineer (Former Employee) Menlo Park, CA

    ProsThe environment is very stress free and people seem very welcoming

    ConsI don't know if this is true for full time workers, but for interns there is a lot of politics going on. Basically, if you wanna get an offer at the end of the internship, you better suck up to your manager big time. I knew plenty of people who were some of the best coders I have ever met, who did not get along so well with their managers, so they didn't get an offer. There were also people who didn't know what they were doing, but because they sucked up to their managers, got good offers.... Very disappointing

    Advice to Senior ManagementBefore you decide whether to extend an offer to an intern or not, look at what they did, not what their manager's opinion of them is.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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