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Lots of hype, substance is lacking.

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

I worked at Facebook full-time for more than 3 years

Pros

Challenging problems in scope and scale to solve.
Money for projects is essentially unlimited. Buy the best of everything.

Cons

Politics and poor leadership in the mid-management levels.
Many mediocre co-workers that can't pull their weight.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Many of your Managers and Directors are not high caliber or top notch.
Set a higher bar and weed out your poor quality directors.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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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 for 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Politics, politics, politics

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Facebook full-time

    Pros

    Great brand name, if you need one on your resume

    Cons

    -Highly politicized working environment means 50% of your time on the job is spent posturing.
    -Lots of opportunity to move laterally; not a lot of room to grow.
    -Dramatic pay imbalance seems unfair. Engineers sometimes get 40x the equity compensation as non-engineer hires.
    -Investment-banker hours without investment-banker pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more involved in managing departments other than engineering.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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