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Facebook is the best engineering organization I have ever worked for

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
Current Employee - Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA

I have been working at Facebook

Pros

A bureaucracy-free environment that allows you to simply get work done
Strong management with strong technical background all the way to the top
Very metric-driven engineering team
The ability to prioritize tasks based on what you think is important
A remarkably well defined review process that encourages personal development in different areas
Company policy to leave unnecessary meetings early or skip them entirely

Cons

Some politics and cliques
Some user-facing projects have too many product managers
Some late nights when supporting new code pushes
Fighting fires can become a full time job

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Don't stop being open and transparent
Daytime hackathons to encourage more participation for engineers with family commitment
Improve recruiting's ability to filter candidates so engineering interviews have lower reject rate

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    Facebok TL;DR

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Facebook

    Pros

    - Wonderful food
    - A company culture encouraging absolute openness
    - No red tape, in terms of work, resources, people
    - Opportunities to get together with other employees to hack on what interests you
    - Freedom to work from home and to come into work whenever

    Cons

    - Parking
    - Neighboring houses dislike us
    - Terribly inefficient and large number of e-mails
    - Too much 'The Son of Man' around the office

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a

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    Awesome place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Facebook

    Pros

    The work environment is certainly fast-paced and often chaotic, but everyone manages to keep a level head and make logical, yet innovative decisions, even when under pressure. Most people are pretty young as is reflected in the culture of t-shirts, jeans, video games, and ripsticks. The food is awesome and definitely makes it easier to work longer hours and actually enjoy them. Working cross-functionally is not only accepted, but expected. You won't be confined to your own team, which is nice. Overall, it's definitely the best job I've had so far.

    Cons

    As a pretty young company, policies and best practices change quite often, which can be hard to follow at times. Other than that, there really aren't many cons.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep meetings when you schedule them because it's hard for everyone else to change their schedules last minute and a lot of time is wasted.

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