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Make an impact, we have a long way to go

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Current Employee - Internet Marketing Analyst in Menlo Park, CA
Current Employee - Internet Marketing Analyst in Menlo Park, CA

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

Pros

Talent - I came from working in tech in Boston and this is a standard deviation increase in talent. Projects are run by PMs who really know what they are doing with a strong skill set in strategy, engineering, data driven decision making and user experience.
Strategic direction - Money truly is a means by which we can achieve the mission to connect the world. There are tons of bold bets and we seem to have a good balance of reacting to the marketplace and maintaining focus on executing with blinders when necessary.
Opportunity - There is so much work for really anyone to come in and make. With such rapid growth, there are bound to be mega bugs or missed opportunities ripe for fresh eyes to come in and recognize immediately.
Culture - The company values are genuine and you really do get the feel that you are working on something bigger than yourself. Getting to hear from and ask questions of Mark each week really helps makes sure everyone is in the loop and feels heard if they disagree. You are never "out of line" for thinking big picture or questioning strategic direction and it is in fact encouraged. There's also a ton of young people so it is great to meet friends, especially if you live in SF.

Cons

Time - There are amazing perks like really quality free food all the time, a gym on campus with a basketball court and large playing field, shuttles to SF and surrounding areas but I often find my coworkers and I spend less time on that fun stuff that you might expect. There's just so much work opportunity because you are expected to be driving on projects rather than just doing what you are told so you could theoretically work all the time and its up to you to stop that.
Company maturity - Like all fast growing companies, there is a natural curiosity around "how much better would things be for me if I had joined earlier?" because there would have been ever more responsibility and financial potential. Both of those things are still really high but it does raise the natural question of it would make sense to gain the skill sets to understand what makes Facebook work and then consider working somewhere smaller with more financial upside.

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I had high expectations for the company management and they have far exceeded them. The whole management team seems incredibly focused on building a great company, making decisions based on data, hiring and retaining top talent and making a few bold bets with acceptance that some of them will fail.

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Best engineering job I've ever had.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Facebook full-time

    Pros

    It's engineering-driven, meaning engineers have a lot of say in the direction of products. They've given a lot of responsibility and expected to take ownership in driving things forward. The organization contains the most talented people I've ever worked with. And so far, it's struck the right balance between providing enough resources (like a big company) and giving everyone ownership over what they work on (like a small company).

    Cons

    It's not as small as it used to be, and it's sometimes difficult to keep up with what's going on across the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Working at Facebook is an amazing experience of growth, learning, teamwork, and impact

    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 3 years)

    Pros

    Facebook's "move fast and break things" culture avoids assigning blame for reasonable mistakes, which is a wonderful thing. Teams actively avoid separating creation and responsibility, so you are actually responsible for code that you wrote. The engineers that I get to work with are amazingly skilled and good coworkers

    Cons

    Tools and APIs change, and old systems are actually deprecated and removed, so part of the process of moving forward goes toward staying in place

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get product and infrastructure teams in the same room with food and drinks more often

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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