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Updated Jun 8, 2014
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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg

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93% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Great place to work...very hard... but this teenager of a company is still trying to figure out its HR policies.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Menlo Park, CA

    ProsThe "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.

    ConsFacebook 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 Senior ManagementYou 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)?

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Growing too fast and losing track of culture

    Business Analyst (Former Employee)
    Menlo Park, CA

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

    ConsTurning 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!!!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Sometimes good, sometimes a bad place to work.

    SCO-Infrastructure (Former Employee)
    Menlo Park, CA

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

    ConsFacebook 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 Senior ManagementMake 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Need to suck up to management

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    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 Senior ManagementBe 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good Company, but Bad Politics

    Software Engineer (Former Employee)
    Menlo Park, CA

    ProsThe environment is very stress free and people seem very welcoming

    ConsI 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 Senior ManagementBefore 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    awesome place to work in

    Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    Menlo Park, CA

    Proswriting code that impacts millions of people everyday

    Consmanagement heavy company poised for growth

    Advice to Senior Managementplease allow engineering team to have fun

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    If you like FB culture you will like the place

    Software Development Engineer Intern (Former Employee)
    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 Senior ManagementDo not ask people what they feel about something if you only expect positive opinions.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    In-crowd or out the door

    Online Operations Associate (Current Employee)
    Menlo Park, CA

    ProsGreat 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.

    ConsFrom 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 Senior ManagementRecognize 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Awesome company and benefits

    Operations (Former Employee)
    Menlo Park, CA

    ProsLots of autonomy and freedom to take risks.

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

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

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    need a more private work place

    Software Engineer (Former Employee)
    Menlo Park, CA

    ProsFast moving company. Good compensation. One of the most recognizable companies in the world.

    ConsFamily work life balance can be a little tough for people with actual family. Open table work environment can be counter-productive for engineers. Too much noise and visual distraction is quite negative for a positive work flow. Seems to suit new college graduates since it looks more like college computer lab and a mature/productive workplace design.

    Advice to Senior ManagementProvide a work place with more privacy.

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