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Smart, boring people and no balance.

Software Engineer (Current Employee)
Menlo Park, CA

ProsThe people are smart, and the scaling challenges are great. Where else does your code impact a billion people? The compensation is amazing.

Senior management are generally amazing people, smart, visionary and compassionate.

ConsThe focus on measuring means anything that can't be measured is ignored. It's easy to measure someone's ability to code on a whiteboard. As a result, the coders are much better than nearly everywhere I've worked, but that's it. Social skills and personality can't be measured. As a result there is no one here you would ever be friends. The internal surveys bear this point that people don't have friends at work. Similarly for managers, they are selected strictly for their technical ability. Again, they have zero compassion. In my time being here, I've never once felt like anyone cared if I was here or not. Not once has anything positive ever been said. It's really astounding.

Recruiting does an amazing job at making candidates feel wanted. That feeling disappears the moment you sign. After that, you have no manager or anyone who will care. You'll go into bootcamp where you'll have a "mentor". His role is to continue to do his job while counting the number of lines in your diffs to make sure you can make progress with no assistance.

After bootcamp, you'll have a manager who operates in the same mode. They are interested in the technology and not the people. To them, you are a resource to be maximized. They will tell you everything you need to do to improve, but never once say "good job". In boot camp, I kept meeting these amazing, visionary dynamic managers. I know realize they were the exception. Those people made me love Facebook during bootcamp, but that feeling wore off quickly once I interacted with the average line level manager.

Plus, beware of the reviews here. Recruiting will tell you point blank that they curate these reviews. The reason FB has the highest rating is because someone internally has a goal to achieve certain star ratings on this site.

Advice to Senior ManagementStart selecting people for human relationship skills and focus less on pure technical ability.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Growing too fast and losing track of culture

    Business Analyst (Former Employee)
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    I worked at Facebook full-time for more than a year


    Pros: Some perks, smart people, learning opportunities, great networking with very… Cons: Turning corporate, need to know the right people, holier than thou attitudes, veteran employees talking about their money and yachts, culture and communication is breaking… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend More
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    Facebook practices what it preaches

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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


    Pros: Facebook is a doggedly open and honest company, and it's by far one… Cons: Working in a remote office can substantially limit your career growth potential. If you're in a non-sales, non-engineering role and you're interested in… Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company… More
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