Facebook Reviews

Updated April 16, 2015
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  1. Helpful (4)

    Not for Everyone

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Menlo Park, CA

    I worked at Facebook full-time (more than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Perks & pay are top notch. Some of the engineers are truly talented.

    Cons

    As the title says, FB is not for everybody IMO. The recent set of 1-star ratings list pretty much all the things that made me leave: questionable work-life-balance, no planning/structure, arrogant/ignorant coworkers, every man for himself/every woman for herself, cliques, political, inept managers, poor communication/rumor mill/back-stabbing, no teamwork, management by attention-deficit disorder.

    The work-life-balance issue goes beyond the mere hours: it is expected that you become FB friends with all your coworkers, managers, etc. FB makes it impossible for the realm of your private life to remain separate from your workplace and coworkers. This wasn't working for me, but I recognize that for others this isn't an issue.

    It seemed to me that much that is broken at FB is perpetuated by the in-clique and in fact gets sold as the great achievements of FB's unique culture.

    Advice to Management

    Do what every other successful company your size does: train you managers so they can:
    * create teams that work together on common goals,
    * foster good communication
    * help their team plan and be successful
    You're holding on to ideas that may have worked when you were a start-up (no code ownership, no planning, documentation?, tests?). Your so-called culture is a liability, especially if you let incompetent managers corrupt it to the opposite of the values you want to stand for.

  2. Nepotism, Cliques, Immature Workers, Unpleasing Experience For Contractors

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Community Operations in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Contractor - Community Operations in Menlo Park, CA

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

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

    Pros

    - Free food (breakfast, lunch, dinner, desserts, boba)
    - Free shuttle (it's free for now, until they become like Google)
    - Freedom in daily job tasks (not a ton of micro-management)
    - Looks of internal company groups that perm/temp workers can join

    Cons

    - NEPOTISM, FAVORITISM, AND IMMATURE WORKERS
    A lot of college grads are hired for temporary positions in the Community Operations department (possibly other departments as well), which calls for an immature work environment. Permanent employees favor certain temp workers, and promote them or give them more responsibilities. College grads look down on people older than them, and permanent workers overlook hard workers (statistics are skewed because there is nepotism and favoritism involved). Some temp workers are undervalued for their hard work and 'let go' without many facts to back it up.

    - NO WORK LIFE BALANCE, UNREALISTIC EXPECTATIONS
    Although there is not a lot of micro-management and you have freedom to accomplish your daily job tasks, the expectations are too high and they are unrealistic. If you don't meet the manager or senior-staffs' quality or quantity, they "let you go" without a just cause. The judgement system is not fair, because there is nepotism and favoritism among temp workers. Temp workers are shunned and ridiculed in front of everyone during quality review time. This causes the work environment to be very harsh, unfriendly and NOT a fun place to work. Permanent workers are PASSIVE-AGGRESSIVE and don't try to help you improve in your job tasks, let alone even train you well when you first started working for Facebook.

    - NO SUPPORT OR ENCOURAGEMENT FOR TEMP WORKERS
    Contractors are hired fast and "let go" fast. It feels like more than 50% of the workforce are temp workers. Permanent workers view temp workers as just their 'slaves' to do their unwanted job tasks. No one really cares about your career growth, nor care about you as a person. You are just a 'slave' to the permanent workers, so move on to a new job when you get a chance.

    - LOW PAY FOR TEMP WORKERS (HUGE DISCREPANCY IN PAY BETWEEN PRO UNLIMITED AND OTHER STAFFING COMPANIES)
    The pay is extremely different between Pro Unlimited and other staffing companies. If you were hired by Pro Unlimited, that is good news for you because you are getting paid a lot more in dollars per hour. If you came from another staffing company, you are being paid a lot lower and should try to find a new job that pays more for your hard work.

    - PERMANENT WORKERS LOOK DOWN ON TEMP WORKERS
    This does not just exist at Facebook, but it is sad that it happens at Facebook. Permanent workers act entitled, and think that the world revolves around them.

    - HARDLY ANY TRANSITION BETWEEN TEMP TO PERM
    If you are a temp worker, don't expect to be hired as a permanent worker. Facebook usually hires permanent workers externally and do not even encourage temp workers to try to transition as a permanent worker. Work hard, but take it with you. Don't expect that they will create a permanent opportunity for you to stay longer than your contract. Once it ends, it's over. Move on with your life and find something better.

    Advice to Management

    - Hire more experienced, IMPARTIAL permanent employees that do not show favoritism among temporary workers.
    - Have realistic expectations and empathy for your temp workers. Just because you don't do their daily job tasks, it doesn't mean you should raise the bar extremely high......just so you look good in the eyes of your own boss.
    - Have more support and encourage your temp workers to be productive, proactive and provide them resources to do so.

  3. Helpful (13)

    Intimidation, arrogance, widespread alcoholism, and more..

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Network Engineer in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Contractor - Network Engineer in Menlo Park, CA

    I worked at Facebook as a contractor (less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Free transportation, free booze everywhere (cool if you're an alcoholic..), free food, and lots of other perks.

    Cons

    They don't give a crap about the well being of their employees. 60% or more of all employees are contractors, and they make you abundantly aware how temporary you are and push everyone to work long hours to beat ridiculous timelines for contracts and goal s that are constantly changing. And they flagrantly promote alcoholism with a bar every 20 ft on every floor. It's like working at a college fraternity. It's disgusting..

    Advice to Management

    Wake up and realize that promoting 50-60+ hour weeks constantly, replacing contractors like toilet paper, and promoting drinking to cope with the stress company wide isn't a healthy strategy for long term employees and their health..

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  5. Helpful (13)

    Feels much more like big company than they'd lead you to believe in the interview process.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Operations in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Operations in Menlo Park, CA

    I worked at Facebook full-time (more than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Very smart co-workers, fast-paced atmosphere, great networking (strong ex-employee groups after you leave), constantly changing and evolving. Mark is a strong product leader. Ability to leverage the experience for more fulfilling opportunities after you leave.

    Cons

    Very difficult work environment - extremely political, it combines many of the worst elements of a startup (uncertainty, lack of structure, cult-like worship of leaders) and a big company (hierarchical, hard to advance, lack of trust and needless internal competition). Large amounts of nepotism around promotions. A general culture of fear - middle management is terrified of senior management. While very smart, your colleagues will also be extremely arrogant and willing to do anything to get noticed/promoted. In general, this is not a place to go to make friends or feel like you're working together as part of a team.

  6. Helpful (7)

    It was fair - lots of opportunities to learn - few opportunities to work on interesting projects

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Menlo Park, CA

    I worked at Facebook full-time (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    High compensation, generous time-off. Good food. (the hamburger place is always tasty). The propaganda is usually enticing and the sweet shop keeps you fat.

    Cons

    Company culture is broken. Office leadership is broken. Work is not challenging or interesting.

    Advice to Management

    Before hiring new employees, please be honest with them about what working at Facebook is truly like and what the projects they will work on are in reality. Don't lie and use your company brand collateral to rope in smart and motivated people to only then suck their souls out of their bodies.

  7. Helpful (9)

    Immature company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Expense Analyst in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Contractor - Expense Analyst in Menlo Park, CA

    I worked at Facebook as a contractor (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Casual environment, healthy snacks provided, fun campus, pay is great

    Cons

    Many of the employees are arrogant, which seems to be encouraged by management. There are a complete lack of processes and an attitude of being too cutting edge to create them. They treat contractors like second class citizens. There is definitely a culture of us and them, also people are more than willing to throw others under the bus to look good. It would be a fun job if you're 22, but if you have worked at a company that is established, the immaturity is apparent.

    Advice to Management

    You're still a young company, you're not "too ahead" to set up processes. Need to train employees better, not just sink or swim!!

  8. Helpful (3)

    Former member of recruiting team

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Recruiting Team in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Contractor - Recruiting Team in Menlo Park, CA

    I worked at Facebook as a contractor (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    The campus is awesome. There is an arcade, a coffee shop, tons of options for food, most of which are delicious. It was a fun atmosphere...outside of the recruiting team.

    Cons

    Recruiting team managers and director were not genuine. I always felt like they were fake. Talking behind your back and smiling in your face. No wonder all the good people in recruiting are now at pinterest!

    Advice to Management

    Be nice. Be genuine. Care about your team members.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Great company, but disorganization + bad management = a terrible experience for me.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Designer in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Designer in Menlo Park, CA

    I worked at Facebook full-time (less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Really smart people, Zuck has weekly Q+As and answers everything

    Cons

    The Revenue org is the worst. There is a total lack of transparency, which is different that the Eng and Design orgs.

    They say it's easy to transfer, but it's hard to find a role if you aren't a specialist.

    Advice to Management

    It's not okay to block your employees from doing the work they were hired to do and for not telling them the work was on hold for 8 months.

  10. Helpful (8)

    Mediocre managers at best

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Software Engineering Intern in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Intern - Software Engineering Intern in Menlo Park, CA

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

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

    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 Management

    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.

  11. Helpful (4)

    Used to be a great company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Menlo Park, CA

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

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

    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 Management

    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.

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