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Updated August 19, 2014
Updated August 19, 2014
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Pros
  • The best thing about this place is that you have so many smart people around you (in 70 reviews)

  • Free food, young and lively coworkers, downtown location (in 53 reviews)


Cons
  • Not the most understanding environment when it comes to work/life balance (in 42 reviews)

  • Long Hours and some times you cant balance work and your personal life (in 24 reviews)

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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    I felt like a subclass of employee at work everyday

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

    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
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    high expectations, low salaries

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Menlo Park, CA

    Pros

    -food
    -technological exposure
    -a lot of well prepared people

    Cons

    -salaries are ridiculously low
    -high expectations not well compensated
    -wealthy management doesn't seems to care about lower levels (IC-3s, IC-4s)
    -internal propaganda sometimes a bit annoying

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase salaries, as seeing CEO giving away billions while struggling to live does not improve productivity or moral.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 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

    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
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  5.  

    uncaring

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    nothing was good for me

    Cons

    everything was bad for me.

  6.  

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

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

    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
  7.  

    Contingent Worker

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

    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
  8.  

    Satisfactory

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)

    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
  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    Mediocre managers at best

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    Current Employee - Software Engineering Intern  in  Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Menlo Park, CA

    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
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Used to be a great company

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

    Pros

    - Smart individual contributors
    - The managers who grew organically with the company are pretty good too.
    - Awesome product and impacting 1 billion people.
    - culture used to be good, but deteriorating. have to be careful

    Cons

    - I have noticed we are hiring more and more managers from outside which is bad for morale. In analytics, hiring leaders from outside is a top priority.
    - Many of these newly hired managers are not in sync with our culture. Even if that was not the case, it's still bad for morale.
    - Life work balance is too much skewed towards work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't hire outside managers. Promote from within. I'm giving Mark an "approve" below. He's awesome but he should tell the M-team not to hire outside managers whenever possible.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    Data Science

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Data Scientist  in  Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Data Scientist in Menlo Park, CA

    Pros

    Smart people, especially many with PhDs and other forms of strong academic performance.

    Cons

    Product Managers treat analytics as ad hoc data pullers. Data and development environment actively hinders cross analyst information and expertise sharing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clarify job roles differences between data science, analytics and business intelligence. Incorporate standardization and peer review principles of software engineering into analytics workflows.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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