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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 53 reviews)


Cons
  • Not the most understanding environment when it comes to work/life balance(in 42 reviews)

  • Long Hours and some times you cant balance work and your personal life(in 24 reviews)

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    15 people found this helpful  

    Won't ever have an opportunity like this ever again in my career - phenomenal company and people

    Staffing (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsSmartest and most passionate people I have ever worked with
    Company means so much to so many - humbled to be an employee here

    ConsHigh expectations - good problem to have

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    34 people found this helpful  

    Busiest but most rewarding time of my career

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Palo Alto, CA

    Pros- Working for a product that's changing the world
    - Working alongside brilliant people
    - Casual dress!
    - Amazing benefits (food, PTO, laundry)
    - Lots of nice people
    - Celebrity encounters almost weekly (Oprah, Katy Perry, Tyra Banks, Obama)
    - Everything you do has a direct impact on the company's success
    - FB really tries to be a fun place to work
    - Despite the cons below, this is the best, most rewarding and memorable job I've ever had. I would do it all over again.

    Cons- Long hours
    - No clear path for advancement. I'd been told I'd get promoted if I achieved xyz. I achieved xyz with flying colors, and still no advancement. Despite being a top performer in my group, I was not promoted once in nearly 4 years.
    - Great PTO plan, but difficult to get time off. Often you're made to feel unpatriotic to the company if you request a whole week off. One manager actually told his team they could only take long weekends.
    - The Mach 5 pace is exhilarating, but maintaining that pace 24/7 takes a toll. Several people I know developed heart issues from the constant stress.
    - Terrible middle management. Very out of touch with their teams, only looking out for their career.
    - Questioning company policies or products is frowned upon. They want you to drink the KoolAid, versus have a constructive discussion.
    - In my group, promotions were given to unqualified people simply because they were buddies with the manager. It was very much an old boys club.
    - Too many meetings and interviews. I spent a solid 7 hours a week in company/team meetings, and another 3 hours a week in interviews. That doesn't sound too terrible, until you realize the massive workload given to each employee.

    Advice to Senior Management- Promote from within, create more transparency with promotions
    - Encourage employees to use their PTO - we work hard, we need to recharge.
    - Encourage employees to speak up and question product design or policies. We may have new perspective. It doesn't mean we aren't still 100% dedicated to the company.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    5 people found this helpful  

    It is a wonderfully rewarding place to work.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Palo Alto, CA

    ProsThe direction of the company is innovative. The people are smart. The projects are challenging. The benefits and compensation are great.

    ConsI don't believe there are any major cons to working at this company. I plan to work at this company for a long time.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep moving the company in the direction that you are moving it. In 50 years we will be able to look back on the work now and be proud.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    2 people found this helpful  

    Amazing!!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Palo Alto, CA

    ProsIt provides you with the best possible space and to divulge into your specialties. The only thing you are required to do is to do what you have been asked to do in a completely pressure free atmosphere. Its more like work at home!!!

    ConsThere are none. Its a fantastic place to work for people willing to make money by enjoying.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep the workforce small and efficient.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    5 people found this helpful  

    Learn to swim or you will sink

    Administrative Assistant (Current Employee) Palo Alto, CA

    ProsMy coworkers are the smartest people I have ever worked with. They love their jobs and they work hard. But they keep a balance in their lives.

    Also, the management team is a group of good human beings. They really want to harness the power of what they've created to accomplish something they believe in. They know that if people across the globe can connect - good things will happen. And they have.

    ConsIt can feel very chaotic, fly by the seat of your pants, always on the go. It's growing so quickly it's hard to tell who owns what project etc.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    3 people found this helpful  

    Best. Job. Ever.

    Technical Project Manager (Current Employee) Palo Alto, CA

    ProsWhat I love most about working at Facebook:

    - The people. I get to work with some of the most talented and passionate people in the world.
    - The culture. I love the fact that we get to take big risks and 'move fast and break things'. It's very empowering.
    - Impact. All my friends and family use Facebook (+800M people around the world), so it's great to know that people I care about love to use the product that I'm a part of.
    - The culinary team. best. food. ever.

    Cons- growing so fast makes it so you don't know everyone at the company anymore, but that's just a product of rapid growth and hiring enough people to sustain and grow the business.

    Advice to Senior Management- thank you for sticking with the mission and keeping the company open and transparent. Please keep this up as we continue to grow.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    4 people found this helpful  

    It was very good

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Palo Alto, CA

    Prosgood perks, great environment. high respect for engineers and high salaries. you can develop your ideas and own your project

    Consyou need to be prepared to work hard and compete with very smart people. unstable decisions at the management level.

    Advice to Senior Managementlack of bureaucracy and the flat friendly organization sometimes has a downside that a lot of agreements and decisions are verbal and unofficial. which lead to unstable decisions. changes in design and waste of effort.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    3 people found this helpful  

    Pretty amazing place

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Palo Alto, CA

    ProsI've worked at 5 different companies before here, from investment banking, CPGs, to 3 other tech companies and nothing beats this. People are amazing not to mention wicked smart. You'll be surrounded by the most talented people in the world all with a mission to change the world.

    ConsExtremely difficult to get in given number of application submitted and competition. Also the company tries to stay small so limited job openings.
    Work can get stressful but that's because there aren't enough people internally to do the stuff that needs to get done. If you don't know how to prioritize you should seek other large tech companies.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep doing what you are doing and try to promote from within. Outside hires bring a complete different management flavor.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    1 person found this helpful  

    excellent

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Mountain View, CA

    ProsThe environment is very very good. This is an awesome community which can inspire your creativity. It is good for your career.

    ConsSometimes you may feel the pressure, but actually I think it is OK. You can easily get used to it.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWe can be more aggressive and extend our business. It is will be good to get out of our comfort zone.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Facebook is the best place I have worked in my 12 years in tech.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Palo Alto, CA

    ProsThe ability to take an idea and turn it into a reality without the need for level after level of approval. Only really massive changes require any significant oversight at all.

    People are expected and trusted to do good things for the company.

    Projects are launched quickly, and road map cycles are very fluid. there is extreme urgency without the need for hard deadlines

    Consthe main downside is the long hours, but, truthfully it is fun, so I don't really mind that much.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep empowering folks to do the right things.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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