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Very negative experience

  • Comp & Benefits
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - User Operations Analyst
Former Employee - User Operations Analyst

I worked at Facebook

Pros

- Good benefits (free food, health insurance, discounts etc)
- Fun job most of the times.
- Great facilities and office location.
- You really learn how to work in a stressful environment and to manage different tasks.
- Opportunities to grow and travel.
- It looks good on your CV when you look for another job.

Cons

- Despite the mission, the company is not transparent towards employees. Goals are not clear, there's lots of backstabbing and favouritism. Reviews are anonymous, managers extract the paragraphs that suit them best and nobody knows how their job is really rated.
-Management is terrible. Most managers are completely inexperienced, only focused on their career and and couldn't care less about their team.
-Hard work is not valued. It's all about the way you fake how much you find the company "awesome". There are managers who go to work at 11.30am every day and barely do any work, but because they are very good at faking their enthusiasm for the company, they are still there.
- They don't want people who are honest and straightforward. They claim "constructive criticism" is welcome, but it's a lie. If you want to progress, you have to fake that you are ok with everything. I was once told by a manager "criticism here is not accepted" (guess when I decided I wanted to leave the company..).
- Their attempt to brainwash people is frightening: employees have to participate in "wow moments" (they say," wow, I work for FB, the company does this and that"..yes, it's true..), fill in the "awesomeness index" and give stuffed animals to people who perform well.
- Work-life balance is very poor: working longer hours is the rule, your boss is on your Facebook, whatever you do is observed (remember Orwell's 1984? well, the guy was totally right).
- The job is quite fun but can be extremly stressful, as you deal with any kind of violent, pornographic, very graphic content and there's no concrete support whatsoever for employees. You might be told at 5.30 pm that there are still 500 reports about suicidal content lying in the queue (oh yes, you'll sleep very well that night..). No wonder most people suffer from insomnia, see psychologists and have stress related diseases.
- If you work in Dublin, bear in mind the main decisions are taken in Palo Alto and you're just the operational part of the company. You may work very hard on a project and discover at the end of the quarter that people in Palo Alto have already changed the policy without saying anything and your project is useless (..."All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others")
- They call fast-paced environment what is most often simply a chaotic and illogical schizophrenia of decisions and counter decisions.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Be the example. Do you want to the company to be "open and transparent"? Well, be open and transparent.

Start thinking with your own minds and allow other people to do the same.

Finally, my last piece of advice is, read George Orwell and ask yourself some questions.

"If liberty means anything at all it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear".

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    decent experience overall

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - HVAC Engineer
    Current Employee - HVAC Engineer

    I have been working at Facebook

    Pros

    people are open minded. you can come to work with sweats. some employees have tattoos or large earrings. its just decent.

    Cons

    there is a substantial amount of work. they make sure they get every penny out of your paycheck. therefore you must be a hard worker.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep up the good work mark.

    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern

    I worked at Facebook

    Pros

    The people are fantastic and hard working. One of the biggest things about Facebook is the amount of impact you can have in a short period of time.

    Cons

    At times, the company can look collectively lost. Management could do a better job at communicating with employees and being more transparent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The leadership could use more transparency. More product managers are also needed to fully capitalize on Facebook's engineering potential.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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