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Updated Jul 7, 2014
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96% Approve of the CEO

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg

(594 ratings)

91% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    I felt like a subclass of employee at work everyday

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsFree food, young and lively coworkers, downtown location.

    ConsWhat 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 Senior ManagementStop 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).

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    high expectations, low salaries

    Engineer (Current Employee)
    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 Senior ManagementIncrease salaries, as seeing CEO giving away billions while struggling to live does not improve productivity or moral.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

    (Current Employee)

    ProsPeople think you work for a great company.

    Consnot 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 Senior ManagementBe very careful when you hire middle managers. Listen to your employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosnothing was good for me

    Conseverything was bad for me.

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    Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)

    ProsVery friendly staff, meals are very good

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementBetter interaction between all levels of staff

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Mediocre managers at best

    Software Engineering Intern (Current Employee)
    Menlo Park, CA

    ProsThere 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.

    ConsMy 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 Senior ManagementWhen 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Used to be a great company

    Analyst (Current Employee)
    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 Senior ManagementDon'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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Data Science

    Data Scientist (Current Employee)
    Menlo Park, CA

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

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

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Smart, boring people and no balance.

    Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    Menlo Park, CA

    ProsThe people are smart, and the scaling challenges are great. Where else does your code impact a billion people? The compensation is amazing.

    Senior management are generally amazing people, smart, visionary and compassionate.

    ConsThe focus on measuring means anything that can't be measured is ignored. It's easy to measure someone's ability to code on a whiteboard. As a result, the coders are much better than nearly everywhere I've worked, but that's it. Social skills and personality can't be measured. As a result there is no one here you would ever be friends. The internal surveys bear this point that people don't have friends at work. Similarly for managers, they are selected strictly for their technical ability. Again, they have zero compassion. In my time being here, I've never once felt like anyone cared if I was here or not. Not once has anything positive ever been said. It's really astounding.

    Recruiting does an amazing job at making candidates feel wanted. That feeling disappears the moment you sign. After that, you have no manager or anyone who will care. You'll go into bootcamp where you'll have a "mentor". His role is to continue to do his job while counting the number of lines in your diffs to make sure you can make progress with no assistance.

    After bootcamp, you'll have a manager who operates in the same mode. They are interested in the technology and not the people. To them, you are a resource to be maximized. They will tell you everything you need to do to improve, but never once say "good job". In boot camp, I kept meeting these amazing, visionary dynamic managers. I know realize they were the exception. Those people made me love Facebook during bootcamp, but that feeling wore off quickly once I interacted with the average line level manager.

    Plus, beware of the reviews here. Recruiting will tell you point blank that they curate these reviews. The reason FB has the highest rating is because someone internally has a goal to achieve certain star ratings on this site.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStart selecting people for human relationship skills and focus less on pure technical ability.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    The worst management experience of my career.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Menlo Park, CA

    ProsMore food then you could ever imagine, shuttle service, bike shop, events and more perks, and more perks and more perks.
    Lots of smart people and the ability to work from home on occasion.

    ConsCommunication across teams and even within teams, career growth, salaries are so low in comparisons to the market value of the employees skills, privacy, and worst of all inexperienced management. The lack of compassion in this company is unbelievable, and the lack of mentorship is surprising.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire some adults! Learn to invest in your current employees career growth.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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