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Best place I have ever worked

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Current Employee - Software Engineer
Current Employee - Software Engineer

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

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  1. 9 people found this helpful  

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

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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?)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Like no other place I've worked! So many opportunities to develop your skills and gain new experiences.

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    Current Employee - Server Technician in Prineville, OR
    Current Employee - Server Technician in Prineville, OR

    I have been working at Facebook as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    You get spoiled with stuff like free breakfasts and lunches during the week, awesome break/game rooms, and constant opportunities to learn and grow.

    Cons

    If you ever leave, chances are that you'll never work at any place quite as awesome!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Never be afraid to ask for insights from all levels of employees, even those just starting out.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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