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Updated Jul 7, 2014
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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg

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Pros:
  • "The best thing about this place is that you have so many smart people around you"
    in 70 reviews
  • "Free food, young and lively coworkers, downtown location"
    in 52 reviews
Cons:
  • "Not the most understanding environment when it comes to work/life balance"
    in 38 reviews
  • "Not really a con but a tradeoff for moving fast: lack of documentation"
    in 28 reviews
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    1 person found this helpful  

    If you're not an engineer, you don't matter

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsPrestige, work with amazing engineers

    ConsBusiness product performance poor, highly political environment, pay low relative to market, exceptionally long hours

    Advice to Senior ManagementTest ad products before bringing to market, cultivate younger managers so that they can follow-through on your vision, scale HR to realistically be able to achieve growth goals

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

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    23 people found this helpful  

    Structurally & Strategically Impressive, but Culturally Immature

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Palo Alto, CA

    ProsI will give credit to fb, that when I first started, I was very impressed with how organized and efficient they seemed. Everyone did their job, everyone worked hard, and everyone deserved to be there. The first I could say for any organization I have worked for.

    The free shuttle is great - the drivers are nice and professional! The food is delicious and healthy. You have no excuse for eating poorly, because you always have healthy options.

    ConsIt didn't take long for me to realize what should have been the obvious. Facebook culture is largely superficial and materialistic. Now this may be more prevalent in my department, but I think it's fairly standard for the company. In my first days, I met with each person on my team and made an effort to learn their communication style and how I could support them. I even scheduled follow-up meetings to address any concerns. Each week my manager met with me and gave me vague, negative feedback, but never gave me any positive feedback. The criticism never felt constructive. I asked if I could be given specific examples of what I had done wrong, so that I could improve, and none were given. Instead I was given adjectives of my personality to describe me in a negative light.

    I was let go, and again given a vague explanation. Only that I had done nothing wrong. I saw at least 5 other people in in my department get let go (who were good performers) simply because they didn't fit right with the team. I tried very hard to be accepted, but felt I was not given a chance. This company cares more about how popular you are than how much work you get done. Even though I often stayed the latest, it did not matter because I was invited to less parties, happy hours, etc. and did not partake in celebrity and colleague gossip.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEncourage people to be themselves. Having a more reserved and professional demeanor is NOT a bad thing. Take the time to get to know individuals for their uniqueness. Offer concrete feedback, and highlight what your employees have achieved as well. In general, treat people with respect and worry less about how much other people like you. I think fb could do better if it felt more like an office at times, and less like a sorority/high school/summer camp.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Fun at the engineer to engineer level, but brutally long hours and badly disconnected front-line management.

    Software Engineer (Former Employee)
    Palo Alto, CA

    ProsHuge corporate upside potential (but might not apply to new hires as of 2012).

    Fun work environment (free quality food, game rooms, frivolity encouraged, etc.).

    High impact in terms of people using your code and recognition.

    Good opportunities to try new ideas and move teams.

    ConsBrutally long hours for many, frequent pressure to delay or cancel vacation plans (even outside of release deadlines).

    Harsh, unjust, and badly cross-team calibrated reviews coupled with frequent firings so that the stick is very close to the carrot.

    It has now grown large enough that internal corporate politics have seeped in.

    Management, at all levels, fixated on lots of shiny new features, no matter how broken, and lack of respect for necessary work getting done.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Very negative experience

    User Operations Analyst (Former Employee)

    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 Senior ManagementBe 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".

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Trending towards bureaucracy

    Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    Palo Alto, CA

    Pros- Free food
    - Reasonably good compensation
    - Reasonably flexible hours
    - Lots of smart, capable people
    - Work can be exciting

    Cons- Working on product teams is trying because of the micromanagement of Zuck and other upper management. Many projects get delayed because they ask for random changes.
    - Working on backend teams doesn't have that problem, but they are typically second-class citizens and don't get as much respect as frontend teams.
    - Facebook is very large now and the bureacracy is starting to accumulate quickly. It used to be that engineers could just do stuff, but now almost every change requires a great deal of pointless discussion or overhead. For instance, you now have to fill out a form just to log some data.
    - Very strong focus on some of the "hot" product teams means that the rest of the company doesn't get preference with respect to product managers, designers, etc.
    - Most frontend work is boring mundane PHP. The only challenge comes from poorly-designed legacy systems.
    - Managers will often ask you to work on something you don't care about just because it's a priority for the company. This goes against the claimed philosophy of Facebook, but it's the way things are trending.

    Advice to Senior Management- Keep the bureaucracy down.
    - Reduce the rate of hiring. The marginal benefit of an additional engineer decreases fairly quickly. Going from 500 to 1000 is not going to come close to doubling the amount of work done.

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    34 people found this helpful  

    Overhyped Lifelong Hackathon

    Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    Palo Alto, CA

    ProsGood pay, if you negotiate aggressively
    Good food
    Good benefits
    Location is good, California is a nice place to live although expensive
    Lots of exposure

    ConsManagement is constantly pushing you
    You don't work at your own pace, you have to work at everyone else's pace
    Need to stay after work everyday and go to work on weekends
    People are very egocentric and their ego is entirely tied to how much code they write
    I'm afraid of getting fired every single day

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    3 people found this helpful  

    It was ok

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsPerks were good. Salary was OK.

    ConsIT dept. in Facebook is the worst place to work. They just hire and fire people for no reason.

    Advice to Senior ManagementChange the IT management.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Best place to work? Depends on who you ask.

    User Operations (Current Employee)

    ProsFree food, laundry, flexible work schedules, commuter shuttles, gym membership discounts, and the opportunity to work with smart & motivated people on a massively popular product are good reasons to work here.

    ConsIf you work in User Operations at any level other than Associate or Lead, prepare to be bored, frustrated, and stifled in career development. The jobs in this department mostly involve repetitive task work such as content moderation and responding to user emails, but you will get slightly more interesting tasks from time to time such as working directly with an engineer. You will not be given much respect or appreciation for your work, nor will you be promoted unless you schmooze with the right crowd and embody the essential 'Facebooker'. The bureaucracy problem has gotten much better over time, but it certainly still exists. Everyone is smart, so the competition for a few leadership positions is tough, and you'll be denied promotions for fairly abstract reasons. The target is always moving. It's also quite difficult to transfer to a different department - UO isn't given much benefit of the doubt. It's unfortunate that this department has developed the way it has, because there is a large, untapped pool of brilliant people who could really make great contributions to the product.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFacebook is probably the best place in the world to work if you're a software engineer, but don't forget the people at the bottom who thanklessly support the entire user-base.

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    If you are in Engineering, you are at the right place. If, Operations... don't look back and run.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Palo Alto, CA

    ProsIf you are in Engineering department, you are at one of the best place to work for.

    ConsOperations department management sucks, they don't treat to people in a respectful and fair way. If you want to be a good position in Operations, you need to be friend of some certain people.

    Advice to Senior ManagementQuestion and try to understand why you constantly loose people from Operations. Facebook Software Engineering departments might be ideal place to work for but not the Operations.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Technical Program Management (Current Employee)
    Palo Alto, CA

    ProsFacebook is exploring some new ground with social networking and its cool to be associated to the innovation

    ConsPeople are often not treated fairly as Ego's get big fast when a company grows so quickly. They get you in the door with the "potential" of going IPO but your in you give up your life and soul with little career growth or monetary incentives. Its no wonder that three of the four founders have already left in less than 3 years and long term employees are looking to sell their shares. No potential of any amount of 'potential' earnings once they go IPO is worth being treated like second class citizens or just a fancier sweat shop.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't be afraid to higher some more seasoned and senior talent for leadership and management positions who can help create structure, processes and tools to help the organization grow and scale with the demand. Sooner or later the lack of these seasoned managers will be what drives profitability down and decrease the potential Facebook has to be come a fortune 500 company.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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