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Best place I have ever worked

  • Work/Life Balance
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Software Engineer
Current Employee - Software Engineer
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

I have been working at Facebook full-time (Less than a year)

Pros

Great people to work with, and a fantastic culture. Lots of different areas to work and good mobility which greatly reduces one chances of ending up bored.

Cons

There's a lot to keep up with, and keeping abreast of such a rapidly changing company can be a challenge at times.

Other Employee Reviews for Facebook

  1. Excellent

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Menlo Park, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Facebook full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Open culture, everything is transparent to everyone; move fast like a startup rather an big company; engineer here is very nice

    Cons

    too many good food, you have to control your mouse from gaining too much weight; it is IPO so not much change to getting rich


  2. Helpful (10)

    Can't speak for engineering, but the business side has become unexceptional

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Facebook full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    -Unparalleled impact. Facebook is the only place where your work will affect over a billion people every day. That is ridiculous and awesome. -Excellent benefits. Many people have elaborated on this below, and I will just confirm that it's great. -Travel opportunities. With so many global offices, even the lowest-level employees often have a chance to travel for work. You get to meet a lot of really great people and see the world a bit this way. -Strong professional network. Facebook still attracts many of the best and brightest, and it's a privilege to get to work with them. -Engaging and interesting work. I can't think of a single boring job at Facebook. The company is still tackling some of the most interesting and challenging problems in technology today. -Great internal communication. Not many people talk about this, but Facebook runs almost entirely on Facebook groups, which is surprisingly efficient. Between that and their task-tracking solution (similar to Asana), internal communication is really good at scale.

    Cons

    -No longer a place for the inexperienced-but-motivated worker to learn on the job. The company is taking far fewer risks on new hires, preferring to bring people in from larger companies (e.g. Google) or more established backgrounds (e.g. business school, consulting firms). In aggregate, this means less creativity, more politics, and more fear of failure. -Large contractor population. If you're coming in entry-level, you will most likely come in as a contractor rather than a full-time employee. Contractor hiring at Facebook is typically used as a way to get around headcount limits, not as a thoughtful or strategic approach to staffing, and you will probably feel that. There are limited opportunities for conversion (though it's still a great way to get your foot in the technology door). -Poor investment in and accountability for managers. Many managers at Facebook were thrust into a management role because they were of an appropriate level - not because they are good managers. There is very little accountability for bad managers, and good management skills are rarely counted as notable. Early on, the company set a culture around managers not being different than anyone else - they just happened to manage. It's treated as a side project more than a full role, so there's no particular incentive to develop your people, nor are there any consequences if you're bad for your people.

    Advice to Management

    Make managers accountable for unhappy, under-developed, or high-attrition teams. Set a universal philosophy around contractor hiring. And bring back 3pm margaritas - your employees need them! (This probably spoils my anonymity, doesn't it?)


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