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Updated December 11, 2014
Updated December 11, 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.  

    Frontend dev

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Facebook

    Pros

    JS node car vehicle tester

    Cons

    TK is very useless here

  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great focus on mission, skimping on some of the fundamentals

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The company's focus on mission is extraordinary. At every level of the company (at least on the technical side), the emphasis is overwhelmingly on supporting its brilliant engineers in delivering on tools that move to company forward in its deeply-felt goal of making the world more open and connected. There is an absolute minimum of bureaucratic crap. Compensation is generous and the perks are preposterous - well more than I want or need, really, but hey, if they're going to provide nearly free dry cleaning, I guess I'll use it.

    Cons

    Some of the mid-level management don't seem to know what they're doing - many/most of them are technical managers, and don't necessarily know how to organize, direct or motivate people. The biannual employee calibration cycle is absurdly excessive in scope, and literally absorbs managers' attention for 3-4 months out of the year. The internal organization is largely ad hoc and sorely missing in some of the fundamentals that would help the company scale more effectively - this is a consequence of the commitment to light structure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not every technical problem can be solved by a hackathon or its equivalent. Sometimes changes in culture and attitude are needed, and getting everyone in a room for a day or a week to focus intensively on solving an issue does not work for many kinds of problems.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Intern

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    Former Employee - UI Engineering in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - UI Engineering in Menlo Park, CA

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

    Pros

    Leadership is great. Perks are amazing

    Cons

    It's a competitive environment, but you get to learn a lot.

    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    One of the best learning experiences a software engineer can hope for

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Menlo Park, CA

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

    Pros

    huge scale challenges, compensation, brilliant coworkers, perks and benefits, high degree of freedom to do what you like

    Cons

    promotion process unclear, becoming political, no real freedom of speech, not so great work/life balance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    change the performance review process, it hurts motivation and it generates high false negatives.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Incredible impact

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menlo Park, CA

    I worked at Facebook as an intern

    Pros

    The (numerous) perks aside, Facebook is one of the few places you'll be able to easily make an impact on large amounts of people, no matter your role. Once reviewed, code can make it to the live site by the next week. Everyone has an equal level of access to the entire codebase and can see each others' projects; openness is big within the company.

    Cons

    When you work alongside so many intelligent people, it's easy to feel like you're not as good as your peers. Having your work have this much impact can be stressful, especially when you break some feature and have to push out a fix. Moving fast is a blessing and a curse.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great work environment, but not what I wanted to do.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The work environment is amazing, great food, benefits, people. The transportation is convenient from Caltrain. The IT Helpdesk is top notch.

    Cons

    At some level, you are helping people to waste more time online. I could not see myself working here in the future. As a full time employee you are getting amazing benefits, but you are also taking a paycut relative to more established companies.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Awesome place to work.

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Facebook full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Amazing experience, good peers and good benefits.

    Cons

    Cannot think of any real problems with this place.

    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good food, great work culture

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    Current Employee - Temporary Worker in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Temporary Worker in Menlo Park, CA

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

    Pros

    - Micro kitchens have a good nice variety

    - Awesome food choices around the campus during lunch and dinner times.

    - Very good work environment, in terms of getting tech equipments that make you work more efficiently and comfortable.

    - Mostly engineer-driven place, so a lot of smart people to motivate you to do well.

    - Community Operations management is nice. As long as you get your work done and don't slack off, the work environment is enjoyable.

    Cons

    - Discrimination between permanent employees vs. temporary employees.

    - Long commute to work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure temporary workers feel just as important as permanent employees (ex. include them in activities).
    You never know where they will end up in their career, so it will pay off in the long run if you are nice to them earlier on.

    "It is nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice. Treat others how you want to be treated."

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    A lot of work but very engaging

    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

    A dynamic place to work with a lot of smart people. People very willing to help each other out and collaborate. Great perks and the opportunity to have a say for.

    Cons

    Work life balance is very out of whack. You have to work a lot of hours, but more importantly this doesn't seem to make people much more productive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out ways to make the engineering workload easier, or figure out how to harness people's extra working hours in a productive way.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great experience, great prospects

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

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

    Pros

    If Facebook calls you, at least listen to the pitch. There are no downsides to working at Facebook. The brand currently has enormous respect, and work is nice (although demanding). To succeed, you need to be a self starter and there is an astonishing lack of ego. In many ways, this might be the most perfect work environment.

    Cons

    There is no downside to working at Facebook. I do not expect to stay long, but I will stay long enough.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I have no advice to management and if I did, I would say so at an "all hands."

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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