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Updated December 17, 2014
Updated December 17, 2014
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Pros
  • You have occasion to work with super smart people from the industry (in 85 reviews)

  • Amazing office culture and community and the free food doesn't hurt (in 69 reviews)


Cons
  • Another thing that no one will agree with me on is the work-life balance (in 54 reviews)

  • Long hours away from home, due to my own commute situation and long working hours (in 26 reviews)

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  1.  

    awesome place to learn and grow

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Facebook

    Pros

    Learning, Rewards, Perks, food, location

    Cons

    24/7 stress, pace and micro-management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not as important as Mark says

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at Facebook as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    The office, the perks, the food, etc. All top notch. The team is excited and hard working. There are many smart people solving many hard problems.

    Cons

    The product just isn't that exciting. Sure, it's used by a billion people daily, but it's still just Facebook. The company culture prides themselves on the importance of Facebook, but the reality is, the employees are completely out-of-touch from how real people use Facebook.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 6 people found this helpful  

    Facebook Austin - Lean Out: A Contractor Story

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    Current Employee - Ads Integrity Analyst in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Ads Integrity Analyst in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Facebook as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    So you want to work at Facebook Austin (FBA). Perhaps you are enchanted by the product, liking and friending your brains out on a daily basis, and now want to crack open the hood and explore its inner workings. Maybe its high satisfaction rating (among the best out there) is an especially motivating carrot. Or at some point you were regaled by stories of beer pong debauchery, free endless catered smorgasbords, and more baubles than the love child of a Brookstone and an As Seen on TV store. Whatever your reason, if you’re applying for a contract position, there are some things to note in order to adjust your expectations.

    There are two castes within this tech world: contractors and full-time employees (FTEs). The distinction is important, as applicants who consider a contract position to be a short-term version of an FTE will be woefully disappointed. Though once at the level of the Morlocks and Eloi, the discrepancy in treatment has improved in recent years and FBA in particular took note of the divide and instituted changes. Nevertheless, the two groups remain distinct in work and treatment.

    As a contractor, you’re not being hired for your ideas or to make giant leaps forward on the team. You’re being hired because engineering hasn’t created an effective algorithm to make that position obsolete. You are a stop-gap measure. A well-fed and liquored stop-gap measure, but a stop-gap measure nevertheless. Even the type of candidate that is sought after for a contract position is markedly different from that of an FTE. Of course, this is the nature of all contract work, not just contract work at FBA.

    What is distinct about contract work at FBA is its manipulation of its workers. For those earnest people who believe that a contract position will be your entre into an FTE role, lean back on those hopes. Remember, you will be hired with a different set of criteria than that of an FTE. Yes, it could happen. I’ve seen it. But only a degenerate gambler would take that bet. In my experience so far (<1year), I’ve seen more than a handful of contractors, actively encouraged by management to apply for full-time positions only to be turned down by the same team who told them to apply.

    After these candidates are deemed “not a good fit,” they go back to their roles and continue to work hard and do a good job. Management notes this and so these contractors are given added responsibilities, and some are even given team lead/managerial type roles- but only in responsibility, not title or pay. You can spin this inequality in terms of an opportunity to gain more good work experience, however, management continues to lead on these workers with pseudo promises of a new position that will become available “soon” or that they are working on creating a position just for that worker because “they are so valuable to the team.” But, these opportunities never appear.

    This review isn’t meant to be a slanted deprecation of FBA. I’ve gotten a lot out of my time here. There are talented and brilliant people, fascinating concepts to explore, and of course the food and trinkets. My intent is to set expectations for the next group of contractors and to point out a bit of deception (intended or not) by management. This is an awesome role and place but don’t come in starry-eyed. Just pump the breaks on your high hopes, lean back, and enjoy the ride.

    Cons

    See above for negative aspects.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't make promises you have no intention of (or can't) keep.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    ok

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Facebook part-time

    Pros

    balance promotions time off good pay and benefits

    Cons

    difficult work environment rude workers perks office culture training

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get it together

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall "meh" experience?

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Menlo Park, CA

    I worked at Facebook as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    There are super smart people there and I was super lucky to get to know them over the summer. Having been there twice in a row I think I really got a good feel for the culture of the company. It has a very friendly culture, which is great. Work-life balance is also alright.

    Cons

    I had a very dull intern project... it used to be that Facebook typically has fun intern projects, but the company is indeed getting bigger. Some interns this year got boring projects, including myself.

    My mentor was also not very helpful and was seldom around for me to ask him for help.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider taking less interns if you feel that some of them might be given a lower quality experience.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great Perks- making up for lack of everything else..

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    Current Employee - Manager in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Menlo Park, CA

    I have been working at Facebook full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    -Great food
    -Generous on the perks- great company party, on-site Valet, pay for laundry, gym etc.

    Cons

    -Employees and Culture

    Culture- Highly political, unfriendly, confrontational. Not about working towards a shared vision- everyone is out to look out for their "value-add" as opposed to doing meaningful work. Too much marketing of oneself.

    Employees- Most are incredibly immature and lack focus, vision. Feel entitled and want to move to the next thing rather than look at how they can grow in their own roles.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More direction, vision and focus.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Facebook is constantly changing. Very dynamic

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Facebook

    Pros

    Perks, Location and work place are great

    Cons

    Limited technologies to work on

    No opinion of CEO
  9. 6 people found this helpful  

    AGist

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Facebook as a contractor

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Do 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 ManagementAdvice

    Open 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not so great unless you are FTE

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Facebook as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    As 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

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

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Facebook full-time

    Pros

    Can work with very smart people and make impact immidiately

    Cons

    Its getting bigger and too many people now

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