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Facebook Reviews in San Francisco, CA

Updated October 20, 2014
Updated October 20, 2014
836 Reviews
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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. 8 people found this helpful  

    Immature company

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    Former Employee - Expense Analyst in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Expense Analyst in Menlo Park, CA

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

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

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    Former Employee - Product Manager in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Menlo Park, CA

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Former member of recruiting team

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    Former Employee - Recruiting Team in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Recruiting Team in Menlo Park, CA

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great company, but disorganization + bad management = a terrible experience for me.

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    Former Employee - Designer in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Designer in Menlo Park, CA

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 7 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

    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
  7. 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

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

    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
  8. 5 people found this helpful  

    Data Science

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    Current Employee - Data Scientist in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Data Scientist in Menlo Park, CA

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

    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
  9. 12 people found this helpful  

    Smart, boring people and no balance.

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Menlo Park, CA

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

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Start selecting people for human relationship skills and focus less on pure technical ability.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 8 people found this helpful  

    Salary is so low that you need to bring food home

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

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

    Pros

    you have a big name on your CV

    Cons

    you will need to bring food and snacks home from the office if you want to survive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's degrading have to systematically "steal" food from the office, please pay us more, salary is just average, promotions are non existent after a couple of years.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    nice campus, bad salaries, lot of pressure

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

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

    Pros

    -nice working environment
    -a lot of food

    Cons

    -low salary, you will starve if you are a single income family
    -salary + benefits does not compensate the huge effort you will make on a job here
    -lot of pressure to deliver or pretend to deliver something with impact

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Company could definitely afford to pay above the average, instead is keeping people "hungry" with the excuse of free food and having FB name on CV.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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