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Updated June 29, 2015
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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg
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Pros
  • Your surrounded by smart people (in 85 reviews)

  • Free food and frequent offsites (in 69 reviews)

Cons
  • There is no work/life balance at Facebook (in 54 reviews)

  • No work/life balance; long hours; must work a lot just to stay afloat; difficult for those with families and/or small children (in 26 reviews)

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  1. great place

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Facebook

    Pros

    Good paycheck and great experience

    Cons

    Too much work, no real life balance


  2. Get up excited to go to work!

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Recruiter
    Current Employee - Recruiter

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I've been in this field (recruiting) for quite some time...I've worked for start-ups and large, F50 companies and Facebook is by far the best place I've ever worked. This is one of the only companies I've worked for were you live and breathe the mission/values and you can see how they are a part of your daily life. In my team, I'm treated like a professional and given the freedom to work with my clients the best way for me to have the most impact. I'm not going to speak for eveyone, but work-life balance is here for me. The benefits and compensation are ultra-competitive and I feel the company really listens to our needs. I trust in Mark and the rest of the leadership team to put Facebook in a position to succeed.

    Cons

    For me personally, the only down-side I see is there can be a lack of career growth/advancement opportunities. Some of that has to do with the relative "flatness" of the organization, but it's still a CON.

    Advice to Management

    As we continue to grow, please hold on tight to all the things that have made this company an amazing place to work.


  3. Work

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Facebook full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Facebook is a great company with awesome perks. Perks are similar to Google's so you will be well taken care of in those terms. Also, the pay is very good.

    Cons

    Management tends to over complicate things. A lot more layers of management then when I first started two years ago.

    Advice to Management

    Promote employees that deserved to be promoted and not the ones that suck up.


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  5. Helpful (5)

    Intern

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Facebook

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great workplace
    Working on very interesting problems
    Really smart and motivated people

    Cons

    Too fast paced. Easy to burn out!
    I didn't have a good experience with my managers.

    Advice to Management

    I think there are small subteams within Facebook which may not be very well managed.


  6. Helpful (19)

    Team Lead

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    Former Employee - Team Lead in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Team Lead in Menlo Park, CA

    I worked at Facebook

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Smart people. Cutting edge technologies. Amazing food.

    Cons

    Some huge, out-of-control egos in management, especially at the middle layers. Couple that with the general immaturity of the company and you'll see some very poor judgement and "Game of Thrones" style politics in a few departments.

    Average tenure of a staff engineer is about 4 years - mostly because after the initial stock grants vest there is near zero incentive for anyone under a Director level to stay any longer.

    Culture creates and fosters entitled whiners - so much so that it is a running joke inside the company, with groups such as "Patently Absurd Requests for Facebook Offices" making fun of it all. But then again, this company is largely made up of the "participation trophy" generation, who have been told they were super-special since they were born. Being hired by Facebook amplifies that self-esteem level well beyond eleven.

    It is never spoken about, but staff turnover is huge. The washout rate of n00bs is likely around 40%. Truly talented staff move around, so team continuity is rare.

    Zero work-life balance - unless you happen to have a kid while working there.

    Advice to Management

    Fix the broken review and calibration cycle, especially the schedule and unspoken stack ranking. Strive for higher competence levels in departments outside of Engineering - starting with HR.

    Stop heaping huge rewards on people who ship shiny, Zuck-pleasing products that utterly fail in the marketplace.


  7. Overall Happy

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Sourcer in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Sourcer in Menlo Park, CA

    I have been working at Facebook

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Great Benefits
    - Collaborative Environment
    - Transparency from leadership
    - High hiring bar - you really are working with the best and the brightest!
    - Strong company mission that is truly reflected throughout the company

    Cons

    - very hands off management approach (some might like this)
    - frequent reorganizations (maybe due to frequent manager changes because of growth)
    - lacking a diverse workforce (although this is changing)


  8. Client Solutions

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I have been working at Facebook as a contractor

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great perks and office culture. Very flexible time off policies and not a face time type of environment. I would recommend this job to other people.

    Cons

    There are not too many cons to speak of. Sometimes it can be difficult to see where your career is going because it is such a flat company, so you really need to seek those opportunities out yourself.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more opportunities for staff to learn about other things happening in the company and how they can get involved in those. And also more transparency around the quota process.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Difficult to maintain work/life balance

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Program Manager in Alameda, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Program Manager in Alameda, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Great benefits and perks
    - Work with some of the smartest people alive
    - Fast paced, impactful work

    Cons

    - Employees stretched too thin
    - Startup-like culture has been diminished almost completely

    Advice to Management

    More transparency and conversation around career advancement and compensation would be nice. While the benefits are great, the general compensation feels a bit lower than other companies in the Silicon Valley. The overall package when you include benefits/perks might be comparable, but these things don't matter much when employees are stretched too thin and don't even have a time to take advantage of facilities like Wood Shop, Analog Research Lab, and Arcade.


  10. Software Engineering Intern

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

    I worked at Facebook

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good overall culture, plenty of fun things for interns to do, and lots of freedom. Pretty flexible hours as well!

    Cons

    Sometimes the project could be a bit grindy, and I didn't always feel like my mentor was available, so there was occasionally a lapse in support.

    Advice to Management

    Monitor how the intern projects are going more closely to make sure that nobody is falling through the cracks. Other than that, keep doing what you're doing.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Software Engineer

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Menlo Park, CA

    I have been working at Facebook full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Open culture, awesome campus, free food

    Cons

    High pressure environment, people work too much

    Advice to Management

    keep making decisions taking into account everyones opinions



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