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Updated November 24, 2014
Updated November 24, 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. 2 people found this helpful  

    No room for industry experts

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    1. great benefits for people who want to have a family
    2. better pay
    3. no lack of parties

    Cons

    1. the company hires experienced talent but do not want to learn or respect their opinion
    2. people who know next to nothing but have been at Facebook for longer are the people who call shots
    3. the bi-yearly reviews are just a medium to back stab fellow employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    slow career and bad management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineering in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineering in Menlo Park, CA

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

    Pros

    The office environment is good in general, also having a big name on your resume may be good for the future.
    Most of the colleagues are very prepared technically.

    Cons

    As company grows they are trying to cut costs, objectives are unrealistically set, bonuses and promotions are considerably lower.
    If you work here on visa, pay increases and promotions are slowed down even more.
    Mid management gets packed with responsibilities, the individual contribution is no longer relevant, the general philosophy seems to be "it's normal for people to leave the company" and that happens regularly after every performance cycle or stock vesting time.
    To counterbalance this, company seems to brainwash employees with slogans, posters are everywhere around the office to make "the culture", many company employees believe and talk with slogans.
    Life/work balance is simply set to "no life".
    I've seen managers complain if someone takes more than one week off in a row, or making jokes about family duties the first day someone returns from parental leave.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    managers promoted from engineering are not always able to deal with people.

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

    I felt like a subclass of employee at work everyday

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Free food, young and lively coworkers, downtown location.

    Cons

    What was promised by the recruiter on the phone and in the interviews was very different than what reality as a contractor was actually like.

    There is a clear separation between you and full-time employees. Physically, your full time counter-parts, that are on your team, will either sit on the other side of the aisle or in a separate part of the office than you so that you understand that you are not one of them and have as minimal interaction with them as possible. Culturally, they talk down to you and try to make you feel less than them (yes, word gets around the office), give you the tasks none of them want to do and will also give you as little amount of responsibility as they can.

    As a contractor your job will be about as repetitive as they come because the FTE's will allocate you the most mind numbing of all work at Facebook. Your job consists of 3 second intervals of decision over and over for the course of an entire day.

    FTE's will have parties and day trips away from the office that you simply can not go to. What made it worse was that many times the contractors would not know that the FTE's would have the day off and the contractors would come in to work and have the entire workload on their shoulders. A prime example of how little FTE's care about you.

    In one instance I was told to leave the office in the middle of my workday and find a new place to work because the full time employee's were going to have a beer pong party. The environment is very hypocritical because the walls are covered with posters about inclusion, acceptance and empowerment but Facebook Austin excludes and shuns a huge number of the people that work their.

    I have never had a more aloof manager in my entire live. I think my manager though it was cool to not care about what I did. It was awful. He/She gave no instruction, no guidance, no evaluation, no conversation, no eye contact, no meetings, didnt speak assertively and with confidence. This was not a laissez-faire management. This was an I dont care management style.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop hiring 12 month contractors and invest in people or, why not just outsource it. Contractors are put in their own corner of the office and you dont see us anyways.

    Dont promise contract workers the world then give them a very underwhelming and under paid job where the feel like a subclass in their own workplace.

    Encourage managers to care and/or interact with their contracts. I talked to my manager about once a month (usually when I was asked to work the weekends).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Do "lean in"...as long as it isn't at Facebook.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Facebook full-time

    Pros

    People think you work for a great company.

    Cons

    not as open culture as people might think, very hierarcial, no support from management or HR if you disagree. You have to suck up to the right people and play a "game" if you want to succeed and get support for your career development at Facebook.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be very careful when you hire middle managers. Listen to your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    uncaring

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Facebook

    Pros

    nothing was good for me

    Cons

    everything was bad for me.

  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Keep Up With the Clique

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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

    - insane perks (barber, laundry, dry cleaning, car detailing, fitness facilities, stipend for food and entertainment, childcare, etc.)
    - tremendous stock upside
    - competitive (but not overboard) base salaries
    - generous bi-yearly bonuses

    Cons

    Out of sight, out of mind. Be prepared to always be social with everyone. Engage everyone at the company both online and offline at all times. This can get tiring if you're not naturally that kind of person. The people that are the friendliest with the decision-makers always get preference. Its not the kind of place that you can keep your head down, have a small group of friends, do good work, and be successful. You need to be socially matrixed to the maximum level. If not, you might be let go...

    Also, they didn't get to be a big behemoth by ignoring the little things. There are a lot of mundane tasks to be done. There are also lots of small optimizations to be made that move numbers up but don't necessarily impact the end-user experience that much. It's easy to lose sight of a good process that asks "why?" and instead work tirelessly (and rapidly) to move numbers up for no good reason (other than to move numbers up).

    Lots of time is required out of normal business hours. This can be challenging for people with families.

    Some orgs are better run than others. Choose wisely, and do your homework, out of bootcamp.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Break up the clique-culture. Its like an 8th grade schoolyard in there (replete with the puppy-love romances).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great learning environment and company, too bad it's filled with too many arrogant people

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Facebook full-time

    Pros

    Great perks and environment!
    You can have high impact with projects as long as you are pro-active

    Cons

    A red tape throughout the company as it's getting bigger
    Having to deal with arrogant Client Partners in market
    Work/life balance can be quite poor as it can be expected that you are available in non working hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize and reward the right people

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Contingent Worker

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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

    Free Food, drinks and electronic equipment. Not so great to contingent workers.

    Cons

    No organizational structure in NY

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Satisfactory

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)

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

    Pros

    Very friendly staff, meals are very good

    Cons

    At times there can be very little communication intra-day between staff

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better interaction between all levels of staff

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 6 people found this helpful  

    Mediocre managers at best

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Menlo Park, CA

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

    Pros

    There are a lot of smart people at Facebook. My colleagues are smart and nice. Even after I left Facebook, I kept my connections with them. With their help, I am able to land a job at a promising job at a top startup.

    Cons

    My manager knew very little about computer science and the basic principles about software engineering. I feel sorry for him when he mentioned the peer pressure at FB, and showed me "good" examples of code. I do not bother to work with him again.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When you hire managers from outside the company, you need to be careful about their technical skills. Hire more smart new graduates, instead of some mediocre managers from some other companies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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