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Facebook Reviews in San Francisco, CA

Updated August 4, 2014
Updated August 4, 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. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great Perks- making up for lack of everything else..

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

    Pros

    -Great food
    -Generous on the perks- great company party, on-site Valet, pay for laundry, gym etc.

    Cons

    -Employees and Culture

    Culture- Highly political, unfriendly, confrontational. Not about working towards a shared vision- everyone is out to look out for their "value-add" as opposed to doing meaningful work. Too much marketing of oneself.

    Employees- Most are incredibly immature and lack focus, vision. Feel entitled and want to move to the next thing rather than look at how they can grow in their own roles.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More direction, vision and focus.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great place to work...very hard... but this teenager of a company is still trying to figure out its HR policies.

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

    Pros

    The "Move Fast" reputation Facebook is known for is truly how it is inside the company. This makes getting the job done a much less painful experience. Truly an "ask for forgiveness" environment (no need to ask for permission). If there was no downside (which there is), I would give this company a rating of 5 stars hands down.

    Cons

    Facebook is still in its teenage years of development. While many HR processes & policies are mature (the hiring process is best I've seen), fraternization is overlooked (aka sex between coworkers, sometimes even in the office itself) and relationships within chain of command are accepted/overlooked - yet don't dare say "pimp my ride" in an open space as you will get your hands slapped.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You can still have the best culture in the world even when implementing some of the standard HR policies you would expect at any reasonably sized company. Do you really think its OK for relationships be in the chain of command (family, dating, etc)?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Growing too fast and losing track of culture

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

    Pros

    Some perks, smart people, learning opportunities, great networking with very accomplished silicon valley folks, office space is fun (maybe too distracting)

    Cons

    Turning corporate, need to know the right people, holier than thou attitudes, veteran employees talking about their money and yachts, culture and communication is breaking down (Move fast and fix things), useless spending on parties/shirts/ice cream shop/laundry/etc just to keep young employees feeling like they are still in undergrad, Nepotism!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Need to suck up to management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menlo Park, CA

    Pros

    - Some of the smartest engineers I've ever worked with
    - Great free food and perks (dry cleaning, snacks, etc)
    - Lots of opportunities to make things happen -- great bottoms up culture
    - Mostly very nice people who try to help each other out

    Cons

    - Engineering management runs the show -- you need to suck up to them to succeed, and if you dare disagree, prepare to leave
    - Poor quality management -- many are set there by level and for being smart technically, but aren't good people and career managers
    - Terrible work/life balance unless you actively set barriers and don't do some things
    - Sloppy coding -- hacking is more prized than good structure and elegance
    - A bit overly full of itself and entitled

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more selective with managers and get people who communicate well and genuinely care about their employees. Some of this can be trained / mentored but there are folks who really just shouldn't be people managers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 6 people found this helpful  

    Sometimes good, sometimes a bad place to work.

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    Former Employee - SCO-Infrastructure  in  Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - SCO-Infrastructure in Menlo Park, CA

    Pros

    Benefits, perks and pay are good. Most people are very nice.

    Cons

    Facebook could have been a great place to work, had it not been for the management in certain departments. When half of the people in your group quit, because they couldn't work for the new management, there is a problem. Yet upper management seemed to not notice this.

    There is no work/life balance at Facebook. Good luck getting time off, as you don't have time to leave your desk to take a vacation or have a day off, and don't have backups to support you, so if you do get a day off, your desk is piled with the work that didn't get done when you were gone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure the people you hire for management positions, are a good fit to Facebook culture. Because some managers shouldn't even have been hired in the first place, and FB lost a lot of good people for this reason.

    Managers: Make sure that you stick to your words when asking us to trust you, and not stab your star employees in the back.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Good Company, but Bad Politics

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

    Pros

    The environment is very stress free and people seem very welcoming

    Cons

    I don't know if this is true for full time workers, but for interns there is a lot of politics going on. Basically, if you wanna get an offer at the end of the internship, you better suck up to your manager big time. I knew plenty of people who were some of the best coders I have ever met, who did not get along so well with their managers, so they didn't get an offer. There were also people who didn't know what they were doing, but because they sucked up to their managers, got good offers.... Very disappointing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Before you decide whether to extend an offer to an intern or not, look at what they did, not what their manager's opinion of them is.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    awesome place to work in

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

    Pros

    writing code that impacts millions of people everyday

    Cons

    management heavy company poised for growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    please allow engineering team to have fun

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    If you like FB culture you will like the place

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    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer Intern  in  Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer Intern in Menlo Park, CA

    Pros

    - competitive salary,
    - nice area,
    - you can contribute any part of their system,
    - free food, laundry etc.

    Cons

    - open space,
    - you will be most effective if you work as everyone (11am - 20pm) - I personally hated it,
    - you could feel that they encourage you to literally live there - you could occasionally hear about people who were doing that,
    - they encourage to being gay - I felt like it were more normal to be gay than not,
    - their main motto "be open" is not so open for negative opinions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not ask people what they feel about something if you only expect positive opinions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    In-crowd or out the door

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Online Operations Associate  in  Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Online Operations Associate in Menlo Park, CA

    Pros

    Great benefits like free gym access, meals, snacks, bonus money for having kids, etc. Great technology to work with. Talented engineers create inventive tools that enable non-technical staff to do their jobs with ease. Genuinely nice and honest people can be found in every team.

    Cons

    From what I've seen in my time on multiple teams here, managers come in from different companies, take over teams, hire their own friends primarily from their previous companies, and then give the promotions to those people in a very short time. You may spend years hearing praise for the work you do, but it's never backed up with promotions. Also, this is not a good place to work if you are at all introverted, value family life more than work life, or prefer to work a normal person's schedule. If you are in a non-technical role, you also have little chance of seeing any kind of career advancement. Large divide in pay between people on the same teams and little transparency into the payment and growth processes.

    Additionally, most employees share a highly liberal political stance, which drives the culture in a mostly positive way, but it also requires that everyone agrees with the mindset. Those that have differing values can expect to feel ostracized.

    Finally, the treatment of vendors and contractors (including facilities staff, janitors, kitchen staff, security guards, and receptionists, among others) by employees can be staggeringly disappointing, embarrassing, and offensive. There is so much of a sense of entitlement upon employees that many seem to view others as second-class citizens.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize people for their hard work more than how close of friends they are with you. Listen to people that may offer criticism for the way things are run even if it is not the most popular view.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Awesome company and benefits

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

    Pros

    Lots of autonomy and freedom to take risks.

    Cons

    Sometimes feels like being in high school or college because a lot of employees are cliquey, immature and right out of college. Very hard to move up and favoritism on certain teams.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Managers need more management training because a lot of them have zero experience in people management since they're so young.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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