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Updated August 19, 2015
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Pros
  • Your surrounded by smart people (in 85 reviews)

  • Free food and frequent offsites (in 69 reviews)

Cons
  • There is no work/life balance at Facebook (in 54 reviews)

  • No work/life balance; long hours; must work a lot just to stay afloat; difficult for those with families and/or small children (in 26 reviews)

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  1. Good compensation, shockingly unprofessional, high tolerance for meanness, logistics nightmare

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Facebook as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Facebook is a great name to have on your resume, good food in Menlo Park, they take good care of you in terms of comp, the people are generally pleasant, and it's a moderately laid back place. The intern housing is FANTASTIC. Basically luxury apartments with housekeeping etc.

    Cons

    This has got to be the most unprofessional and duct-taped-together company in the world operating at this scale. The snacks are pretty subpar in my opinion. TLDR: Pomposity everywhere. Orientation was billed as something it wasn't. Speakers didn't show up to their scheduled talks. Managers have issues with superiority, but worse issues with actually managing people/meetings. Cultish behavior is unsettling. Coworkers are often inconsiderate (shouting across pods) and sometimes straight up bullies. There seems to be absolutely no form of reprimand or even standards of conduct for this behavior. Logistically things could be a LOT smoother and faster. Was not pushed to raise the quality of my work and was actively discouraged from exploring other ways I could contribute more effectively to the company. People avoid work and spend time trying to exploit the complex perk system instead of utilizing perks to help them to do work they want to do. Do not expect to know the higher level goals of what you're working on, partly because it all boils down to selling more ads, and Facebookers are just now coming to terms with that. There's still some serious cognitive dissonance about the work: "hack!" "connect the world!" etc.

    Advice to Management

    Have higher standards of conduct for your employees and higher expectations in terms of logistics. My experience basically told me right off the bat "your time isn't valued, and you shouldn't value anyone else's time either."


  2. Helpful (7)

    Software Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Facebook full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    No Pros for the people join in after ipo.

    Cons

    No work life balance, culture is so bad. It almost squeezed you all your time and give you a great pressure.

    Advice to Management

    Need to change the culture to be more friendly to the engineer.


  3. Helpful (5)

    facebook software developer

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I think the employees there are prominent, the salary is good and I learnt much. I like its product and creativity.

    Cons

    but the hr is not so good. The food there is so-so. The environment is not charming. So I decide to other companies.

    Advice to Management

    hr should be good to us. manage should not be too hashed. The managers are not honesty enough, sometime they can't do sometime they promise to.


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  5. Helpful (13)

    Program Manager

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Menlo Park, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good Benefits, Beautiful Campus, Good Food. The company really does a good job of providing every resource you need to do your job.

    Cons

    If you want to devote 50+ hrs a week to helping your Aunt Ginny post photos of her cat all so that Frito Lay can sell more Cheetos; then it's where you need to be. Nothing more than a sophisticated digital billboard slinging crap we don't need. Working at Facebook is like shoving a handful of Jolly Ranchers in your mouth while drinking orange soda; sickeningly sweet and eventually regrettable.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in leader development programs. Facebook is a prime example of Putt's Law in action.


  6. Helpful (6)

    Work life balance is bad

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    good free food, good campus, good perks, good show off :P

    Cons

    too much work. People work too much. Some people are arrogant as well. Full of people who like to show off on FB by having pic on like button or some personality

    Advice to Management

    Don't be harsh on employee. Please understand there is life outside work


  7. Helpful (1)

    community standards team

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Facebook full-time

    Pros

    none. they allowed many things that were not good and that was why i left

    Cons

    they allowed team members to descriminate against members.. to punish members for violations of community standards, that were not violations, because friends of theirs had reported posts, yet allow their friends to post obvious violations with absolutelyno repurcussions.

    Advice to Management

    stop allowing community standards team members to practice favoritism when friends report others or are reported. i have seen it firsthand. it happens every day.


  8. Helpful (8)

    software engineer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Facebook full-time

    Pros

    nothing apart from surrounded by many stubborn, hot head

    Cons

    This company sucks now. People are not good there.

    Advice to Management

    Not to put too much pressure to employee


  9. Helpful (19)

    blood factory with high pressure and intensive workload

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Menlo Park, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    good benefit, and packages.. You can learn some good stuff.

    Cons

    In many teams, the manager is the czar who is powerful to control everything, of course including the performance review. Be careful, don't annoy the manager, otherwise, you will be very painful no matter how good your performance is.

    Advice to Management

    Please scrutinize the behavior of the managers in some teams.


  10. Helpful (33)

    A Management Nightmare

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in Menlo Park, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Facebook full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Looks great on your resume. Lots of perks (if that's what moves you). Interesting story to tell your friends.

    Cons

    If you're a manager, this place will drive you nuts. Employees are snarky, entitled, and disrespectful brats. They have no concept of critical thinking or any desire to do real work. Unlimited sick days in the hands of overpaid children is impossible to manage, my team would somehow always manage to catch a "cold" on Fridays and Mondays. (Interesting that they would Tweet and post about their weekend party binges though.) While Facebook does a great job recruiting Ivy League talent, I was underwhelmed by the level of intelligence of "Facebookers." They are so busy congratulating themselves on being "awesome" that they never stop to consider they didn't have any real world work experience to back that assertion up. It's really hard to manage and lead people who "know it all." Kitchy inspirational posters everywhere you look. "Be Bold!" "Dare Greatly!" Yet, I didn't see any substantive work or product coming out of anyone, which makes sense since Facebook really is just a glorified website - users are the product. Communication is an absolute nightmare. You are forced to "friend" everyone you work with and join an incessant amount of internal group pages where you had to filter through all the BS people would post (memes, YouTube videos, snarky hipster comments…clearly these people didn't have enough work to do) to get to any relevant work related information you needed to know for your job. I actually thought I was going to get dumber working there. Meetings - the sheer volume was mind bending. None of them critical to doing actual work, more self congratulating on unearned awesomeness. Being social at Facebook was far more important than doing anything meaningful while you were there. Anyone serious about doing meaningful work need not apply. You'll make it a few months and then quit out of frustration.

    Advice to Management

    Grow up!!! You're not in Zuck's dorm room anymore.


  11. Helpful (12)

    No room for industry experts

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Facebook full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    1. great benefits for people who want to have a family 2. better pay 3. no lack of parties

    Cons

    1. the company hires experienced talent but do not want to learn or respect their opinion 2. people who know next to nothing but have been at Facebook for longer are the people who call shots 3. the bi-yearly reviews are just a medium to back stab fellow employees



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