Facebook Reviews in Palo Alto, CA

Updated September 14, 2014
Updated September 14, 2014
788 Reviews
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Pros
  • You have occasion to work with super smart people from the industry (in 81 reviews)

  • Amazing office culture and community and the free food doesn't hurt (in 64 reviews)


Cons
  • Another thing that no one will agree with me on is the work-life balance (in 51 reviews)

  • Long hours away from home, due to my own commute situation and long working hours (in 26 reviews)

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  1.  

    Best company in the Valley

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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 full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Making an impact on more than billion people.

    Cons

    None really. It's all good.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great perks and work-life balance, really smart people, challenging problems

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at Facebook as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    The people here are all really smart. The emphasis is on output and you're pretty much in control of your hours, it's normal to get out in the middle of the day to hit the gym, etc. Perks are also great, can't beat the food and the micro-kitchens. And every change you make to the code instantly impacts hundreds of millions of users.

    Cons

    At least for internships, teams are somewhat hit-or-miss: some teams work on really exciting products while others, not so much.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Interesting

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at Facebook full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Have a great experience and meet new people

    Cons

    Workload can be heavy and gruelling for some people

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve training and other things

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Amazing company with a fast moving culture that manages to persist despite its large size.

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    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at Facebook as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Surrounded by some of the smartest people in the industry and a hunger for building the social products of the future. Great perks, compensation and food. Although it's grown to be a public company, Facebook still maintains a great engineering culture.

    Cons

    Work life balance can be rough, depending on your team. I've also only ever been a part of the engineering org, and have heard of highly stressful situations from non-engineering employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    A heaven for an engineer!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    I moved here from a larger stable company where I was also working as a software engineer, and I have just been wow-ed! Apart from the amazing perks, I work with a set of very dedicated, determined and intelligent folks, which is really the best part of working here.

    - Co-workers are mostly rockstars!
    - Lots of resources to learn - 7 months into my job and I feel I am already a much better engineer.
    - Lots of importance on what YOU want to work on, versus what your manager thinks you should work on. You can freely talk to your manager and find an intersection between your interests and the company/product needs.
    - Everything is automated (again by rockstar teams), and processes are made as simple as possible.
    - Great pay, stocks and bonuses.
    - Amazing perks! Lots of food choices, great campus, regular team happy hours with great food, and the list goes on and on.

    Cons

    - Work-life balance almost 0 on weekdays! I spend the entire day working/thinking about work. But that is what I was looking for. Weekends are upto you - most people do not work.
    - Lots of process changes in short periods of time - so you are constantly climbing the learning curve. But this maybe specific to the product I work on.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great Experience

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    Former Employee - Recruiting Coordinator in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Recruiting Coordinator in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at Facebook as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Fast pace, great people, opportunity to learn a lot!

    Cons

    You can get lost in the shuffle if you aren't "in" with the right people

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Amazing.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at Facebook as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Best place to work for.

    Cons

    It has grown too quickly after the IPO.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Zuck is Awesome.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Experience of a lifetime

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at Facebook full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lot of independence in choosing your projects, recognition for innovation, complex problems, daily code pushes to production, awesome peers.

    Cons

    Constant inflow into upper management chain from other companies, so harder to move up the ladder if you're not on a crucial project.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize engineering contributions in non-product areas for promotion as well.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good.

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Analyst in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at Facebook full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great place to work at I really enjoyed it a lot.

    Cons

    Overwhelming amount of options available.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Overly focused on engineers, cut-throat

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    Former Employee - Online Sales Operations in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Online Sales Operations in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at Facebook full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    +excellent benefits
    +"fun" environment
    +fun outings and events

    Cons

    -for entry level positions in customer service/operations, etc., very little room for growth
    -although company culture is fun, strong feeling of preps +sorority girls in sales
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    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    truly invest in employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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