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Busiest but most rewarding time of my career

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA

I worked at Facebook

Pros

- Working for a product that's changing the world
- Working alongside brilliant people
- Casual dress!
- Amazing benefits (food, PTO, laundry)
- Lots of nice people
- Celebrity encounters almost weekly (Oprah, Katy Perry, Tyra Banks, Obama)
- Everything you do has a direct impact on the company's success
- FB really tries to be a fun place to work
- Despite the cons below, this is the best, most rewarding and memorable job I've ever had. I would do it all over again.

Cons

- Long hours
- No clear path for advancement. I'd been told I'd get promoted if I achieved xyz. I achieved xyz with flying colors, and still no advancement. Despite being a top performer in my group, I was not promoted once in nearly 4 years.
- Great PTO plan, but difficult to get time off. Often you're made to feel unpatriotic to the company if you request a whole week off. One manager actually told his team they could only take long weekends.
- The Mach 5 pace is exhilarating, but maintaining that pace 24/7 takes a toll. Several people I know developed heart issues from the constant stress.
- Terrible middle management. Very out of touch with their teams, only looking out for their career.
- Questioning company policies or products is frowned upon. They want you to drink the KoolAid, versus have a constructive discussion.
- In my group, promotions were given to unqualified people simply because they were buddies with the manager. It was very much an old boys club.
- Too many meetings and interviews. I spent a solid 7 hours a week in company/team meetings, and another 3 hours a week in interviews. That doesn't sound too terrible, until you realize the massive workload given to each employee.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

- Promote from within, create more transparency with promotions
- Encourage employees to use their PTO - we work hard, we need to recharge.
- Encourage employees to speak up and question product design or policies. We may have new perspective. It doesn't mean we aren't still 100% dedicated to the company.

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Tough place and amazing people.

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Facebook

    Pros

    - Super smart people to work with
    - again, super smart people
    - people are young and dynamic, always willing to help. No question is too dumb to ask, people aways help you.
    - everybody working toward the same goal: making the company move forward.
    - lots of resource, easy to get machines allocated
    - freedom to work on projects that you like
    - food is awesome

    Cons

    - very challenging.
    - lots of work
    - long hours
    - not always clear communication from managemenent.
    - lots of koolaid and internal propaganda.
    - little recognition. Not too surprising, everybody's doing awesome stuff.

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  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    It is a wonderfully rewarding place to work.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Facebook

    Pros

    The direction of the company is innovative. The people are smart. The projects are challenging. The benefits and compensation are great.

    Cons

    I don't believe there are any major cons to working at this company. I plan to work at this company for a long time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep moving the company in the direction that you are moving it. In 50 years we will be able to look back on the work now and be proud.

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