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Updated April 24, 2015
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  1. Helpful (8)

    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.

  2. Passion matters

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Facebook full-time

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

    Pros

    - Passionate work environment. The people obviously care about the products they ship and the people they ship it to. Definitely an environment where growth is encouraged and pushed for.

    - Perks, perks, perks. I seriously gained some weight here.

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    Cons

    - Nothing I can think of in regards to the company itself

  3. Environmental Design Manager

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    Former Employee - Environmental Design Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Environmental Design Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Facebook full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    It was a great culture and great people. The mission of the company was huge, and they encouraged big thinking. Lots of fun things happened on a daily basis.

    Cons

    Politics entered the company when it reached a certain scale. Bigger teams were more difficult to ship work as fast as it used to.

    Advice to Management

    keep innovating and making bold decisions. focus on the people that use the product, and making a meaningful experience.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Software Engineer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Facebook

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

    Pros

    Lots of talented people to work with

    Cons

    Management is really immature and lack training

  6. Helpful (1)

    Smart team, interesting company

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    Former Employee - Marketing Intern in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing Intern in Menlo Park, CA

    I worked at Facebook

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

    Pros

    - Everybody is really smart and dedicated to their work
    - The perks are amazing
    - Morale is high, the company is on an awesome trajectory

    Cons

    - A lot is still being figured out, teams are frequently re-organized, and people come and go frequently
    - You have to make your own way, not a lot of training or managerial support

    Advice to Management

    - The transparency is great - keep it up!

  7. Helpful (1)

    Contractor actively seeking permanent positions

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Casual company culture.
    -Very college-like feel.
    -Small teams, with very supportive colleagues.
    -Supportive of maintaining work/life balance.
    -Offers resources for bettering skills
    -Open culture

    Cons

    -Contractors are disposable (majority of work force)
    -Sometimes there's apparent segregation between full-time-employees and contractors
    -Job security as a contractor is low
    -Contractors=no benefits

    Advice to Management

    Some contractors get trained on more specialized subject matter, and I think they should be given more opportunities to be absorbed into their team as permanent employees.

  8. User Operations Analyst

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I have been working at Facebook as a contractor

    Pros

    It's a large and open campus with free food. Job is pretty technical and you get to learn how project management is like. Brings value to your resume.

    Cons

    With a large company it has become very difficult to convert to FTE. The work can be a little monotonous, but it's doable. The contract/FTE divide is stronger than I thought.

  9. Helpful (1)

    great job

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    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

    company culture ceo friends work environment

    Cons

    nothing all good to go!

    Advice to Management

    keep it up!

  10. Amaze-balls

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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 a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    amazing infrastructure, great people, rocking campus

    Cons

    crazy atmosphere, crowded desks, too much candy

  11. Helpful (1)

    Great Company. Lots of opportunity to grow as a developer.

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

    I worked at Facebook as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The perks at Facebook are unmatched in Silicon Valley. They offer free laundry service, and possibly the highest quality free food on the planet.

    Cons

    Very demanding in environment, with a poor work life balance. There is an expectation to put in as many hours as necessary and can be very stressful.

    Advice to Management

    Management is very hands off and will let their engineers drive the direction of the company. This style is enjoyable and times, but I feel they would benefit from occasionally taking a more active role in their employees work.

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