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Company is more suited for top grads than for those with hacker/intellectual mindset.

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

I worked at Facebook full-time (less than a year)

Pros

Lots of smart people, really good technical infrastructure. Company actually changed the world with social networking. Free food, good pay, benefits. Facebook on resume looks fantastic.

Cons

1) It's a social networking company, always will be, never even bothers with thinking beyond social.

2) If you can convince yourself into thinking every thing Facebook does is worthwhile, it's a jolly good place to work. Otherwise, the internal culture that's developed over there can be very stressful, always expecting people to be confirming and to be vocal about it. It's an 'either fit in or get out' culture.

3) Company as a whole is bad at asking honest questions on important issues.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Being data driven is a good thing, but when it prevents you from thinking on fundamental issues, the whole approach becomes superficial. E.g, the most common public perception on facebook ads is that they are essentially irrelevant to them. Because of its sheer size, there will always be clicks/imps/revenue or whatever. You could either spend time optimizing these metrics, or instead, think about the most fundamental issue (that of irrelevance) and bring in some paradigm shift, thus making ads a real product.

Another example is Facebook Home. Who really cares about a fancy UI with chat heads? Give me something real, like a completely new and better way to use/benefit from smartphones than the existing platforms. Then your phones will actually be bought. The question here is why go for these meaningless small goals and not for real world changing stuff that the company prides itself on being capable of?

Do yourself a big favor and train employees on their weekly manager meetings. As of now, they are useless and can hurt engineers who really have no clue on what's expected of them. While you're at it, also train management and employees on setting concrete expectations.

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  1. Great Internship program!

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

    I have been working at Facebook as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    The internship program is great! I learned so much!

    Pay is great. Culture is awesome. Corporate housing is easy and nice.

    Cons

    You're pretty much thrown into the fire immediately. But I think they do that on purpose to see who can take it.

    It's VERY fast paced. You're expected to learn quickly and fairly independently (although you should know when to ask for help!), which isn't for everyone

    Expect to spend 50-60 hours a week at work. BUT, it doesn't really feel like work.

    Recommends
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    Excellent Place to work, if you fit in

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    Former Contractor - Office Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Contractor - Office Manager in Washington, DC

    I worked at Facebook as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Free food and snacks all day

    Cons

    They may be a little races

    Doesn't Recommend
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