There are newer employer reviews for Facebook
There are newer employer reviews for Facebook

See Most Recent

Helpful (1)

cool

  • Work/Life Balance
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Intern in Los Angeles, CA
Current Employee - Intern in Los Angeles, CA
No opinion of CEO

Pros

Facebook during work hours. so fun

Cons

boring no duties for intern

Other Employee Reviews for Facebook

  1. Helpful (24)

    Trending towards bureaucracy

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Free food - Reasonably good compensation - Reasonably flexible hours - Lots of smart, capable people - Work can be exciting

    Cons

    - Working on product teams is trying because of the micromanagement of Zuck and other upper management. Many projects get delayed because they ask for random changes. - Working on backend teams doesn't have that problem, but they are typically second-class citizens and don't get as much respect as frontend teams. - Facebook is very large now and the bureacracy is starting to accumulate quickly. It used to be that engineers could just do stuff, but now almost every change requires a great deal of pointless discussion or overhead. For instance, you now have to fill out a form just to log some data. - Very strong focus on some of the "hot" product teams means that the rest of the company doesn't get preference with respect to product managers, designers, etc. - Most frontend work is boring mundane PHP. The only challenge comes from poorly-designed legacy systems. - Managers will often ask you to work on something you don't care about just because it's a priority for the company. This goes against the claimed philosophy of Facebook, but it's the way things are trending.

    Advice to Management

    - Keep the bureaucracy down. - Reduce the rate of hiring. The marginal benefit of an additional engineer decreases fairly quickly. Going from 500 to 1000 is not going to come close to doubling the amount of work done.


  2. Helpful (26)

    Very competitive work environment but not accurately advertised as such

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Opportunity to write software that gets used by hundreds of millions of people -Opportunity to see how a successful company is run -Opportunity to launch often -Potential IPO

    Cons

    -Frontend work (i.e. work done in most of the product-oriented teams) is mostly mundane PHP and nothing that really intellectually challenging from a Computer Science perspective. (Backend may be different but I never tried that.) -Potential to get judged too quickly for performance. They are less willing than other companies to let you try something different which may be a better fit if you are not performing well enough on your current project. -Chaos that may hurt you--you may start out on one project but be expected to do something else for no good reason, that may not be the best fit for your skills. -Some managers are too busy to give useful frequent feedback. -I get the impression that they manage by a bell curve, but are not not being transparent about it.

    Advice to Management

    Be absolutely honest to new hires about where Facebook stands in the spectrum between 'severe' and 'forgiving' for performance reviews, especially when you let new engineers choose their initial team, so that they can choose their teams carefully and pick a project they know they will do well instead of just one that catches their interest but is not necessarily a good fit for their experience and skills.


There are newer employer reviews for Facebook
There are newer employer reviews for Facebook

See Most Recent

Work at Facebook? Share Your Experiences

Facebook

 
Click to Rate
or

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.