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Pros:
  • "The best thing about this place is that you have so many smart people around you"
    in 68 reviews
  • "Free food, young and lively coworkers, downtown location"
    in 51 reviews
Cons:
  • "Terrible work/life balance unless you actively set barriers and don't do some things"
    in 36 reviews
  • "Not really a con but a tradeoff for moving fast: lack of documentation"
    in 28 reviews
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Awesome job with great opportunities

Operations Engineer (Current Employee)
Palo Alto, CA

I have been working at Facebook

ProsFacebook is amazing. Working here offers the best environment I have ever seen in a workplace. The job is all about cooperation, not competition. The Facebook culture, office design, and management styles all support this.

ConsWith the small number of employees, everyone is expected to change the world.

Advice to Senior ManagementNone

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great place to work if you're near the product / Anything else, I would look elsewhere

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Palo Alto, CA

I worked at Facebook

ProsFree food, dry cleaning, snacks

Extremely bright people in engineering/product teams

Startup / Entrepreneurial feel leads to opportunities to make a bigger impact

ConsMost jobs are in sales and operations

People in this team are in a separate building and are not valued by Senior Mgmt

Meetings all the time - hard to get to work

Advice to Senior ManagementGet rid of the Products vs Everyone Else mentality, and promote a one team culture

Stop scheduling so many meetings all the time and make sure people are actually working than trying to get noticed with hi-vis projects that may not add that much value

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Great place to work

Software Engineer (Current Employee)
Palo Alto, CA

I have been working at Facebook

ProsPush code daily, work with extremely talented engineers, free food, great compensation, and seeing everyone I know use the product

ConsLong hours but Facebook engineers tend to be the type who passionately enjoy their work and build products for fun anyways

Advice to Senior ManagementContinue trusting the engineers to do what is right and allowing engineers be bold and not have to check in with management

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Facebook breaks new ground in so many areas, including as a great place to work

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Palo Alto, CA

I have been working at Facebook

Pros-Everyone is here because we believe in making the world more open and connected. We believe we're making a difference.
-HUGE opportunity- you see something broken, missing, or know how to do something better, go for it.
-Freedom to think outside the box. In fact, there is no box.
-Incredibly smart and supportive people.
-Open and transparent environment.
-We have fun.

ConsWe move so fast and are growing quickly, there's little time to stop and reflect as an individual but also as a team to ensure we're moving forward and focused on the right things.

Advice to Senior ManagementEnsure we continue to hire the best people in the leadership roles, whether it is promoting from within or bringing them in from the outside. Having the right culture fit and ability to lead their teams as we grow is critical.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Amazing place to work

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Palo Alto, CA

I have been working at Facebook

Pros- Great, innovative company which is in the business of building great communities.
- Fast and dynamic culture with a passion to "move fast and break things"
- Amazing growth potential in career
- Smaller teams, yet ability to make bigger impact
- Transparency and open communication
- Risk takers

ConsCan be a bit chaotic for someone coming form a highly process driven environment...but I love it!

Advice to Senior ManagementYou are doing an awesome job...just don't stop taking risks!

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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The little start-up that could...and so much more

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Palo Alto, CA

I have been working at Facebook

ProsThe energy and direction of the company! There's plenty of opportunity to take on new responsibilities and build the future of Facebook.

ConsAs with all smaller companies, you will thrive if you're a person that appreciates the fact that many processes are not in place but there for you to create or re-vamp.

Advice to Senior ManagementPace the growth. Hire aggressively but with caution. Make sure the current infrastructure can meet the number of people joining.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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People are actually smart. It's a special place.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Palo Alto, CA

I have been working at Facebook

ProsFacebook is a fantastic place to work. Yes, you get to work on big things, there are cool new opportunities all over the place, and there's lots of cache...but what really matters is that this is a place full of smart, engaged, and driven people. You don't have conversations at Facebook where you walk away saying "he just didn't get it." This makes every day so much better it's hard to even begin to explain.

ConsManagement is great at a lot of things...but not necessarily at manageing the business. Random stuff just happens that sometimes doesn't make sense across all aspects of the business. Often, initiatives just happen over night, without properly involving all the relevant stakeholders. Sometimes the business side of the company seems to be operating in completely different world from the engineering side.

Advice to Senior ManagementWork harder at integrating business and engineering.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Lots to dive into!

Business Analyst (Current Employee)
Palo Alto, CA

I have been working at Facebook

ProsI really like the pace that we're working at -- there's so much going on, and there's a lot of inherent trust in people to run with what they're doing. Policies and red tape in previous companies sometimes left me feeling a bit stifled about what I was able to work on & share, but there really is a sense of openness at Facebook, not only in communication, but in the ability to jump into projects that call out to you as well.

And beyond that, the people really are incredible: smart, fun, unique, and passionate about what they're doing. It's hard not to get excited by the people alone!

ConsThe pace *can* be a little crazy -- one of our values is moving fast, and we definitely do that -- and generally that's a huge pro to working here, but at times, it can be a little much. There are definitely good policies around PTO, and the environment *is* understanding about balancing work & personal life, but that's ultimately up to the individual to carry out, which can be difficult to do in practice.

Advice to Senior ManagementI would encourage the leadership to make themselves visible, both at all-hands events, but also in the sense of cross-pollination. It's invaluable, for example, to hear about product strategy from the head of Engineering at an HR team meeting; or to have the head of Finance share what he's focusing on with the Sales team -- efforts like that really don't take much time at all and are a highly impactful way to get communication and knowledge flowing across the company.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Once in a lifetime opportunity I would not pass up

Recruiter (Current Employee)
Palo Alto, CA

I have been working at Facebook

ProsRare to have the chance to work for a company that captures the imagination of the world such as Facebook.

ConsWell, you can't be afraid of hard work and a challenge and to be pushed out of your comfort zone

Advice to Senior ManagementDon't make the same hiring mistakes as Google.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Face book an amazing place to work!!

Senior Recruiter (Current Employee)
Palo Alto, CA

I have been working at Facebook

ProsCutting edge, openness, ability to make an impact, VERY COOL

ConsPeople are always asking me technical questions about facebook, and what is it like to work at FB?

Advice to Senior ManagementContinue keeping the site cool, don't ever sell out. Facebook is truly changing the way we communicate with each other.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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