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Updated April 18, 2015
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Pros
  • You have occasion to work with super smart people from the industry (in 85 reviews)

  • Amazing office culture and community and the free food doesn't hurt (in 69 reviews)

Cons
  • Another thing that no one will agree with me on is the work-life balance (in 54 reviews)

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

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  1. Software Engineer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Facebook

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of talented people to work with

    Cons

    Management is really immature and lack training

  2. Facebook is THE place to work

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    Current Contractor - Community Operations Contractor in Austin, TX
    Current Contractor - Community Operations Contractor in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Facebook as a contractor (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Fully stocked kitchen with 3 catered meals a day and unlimited snacks/drinks, Relaxed, open office environment, ping pong, fun and collaborative teams, work hard play hard attitude, couches, etc.

    Cons

    Difficult to move from contract to contract or contract to full-time/permanent position. Can seem cutthroat at times in office.

  3. Nepotism, Cliques, Immature Workers, Unpleasing Experience For Contractors

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    Current Contractor - Community Operations in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Contractor - Community Operations in Menlo Park, CA

    I have been working at Facebook as a contractor (less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Free food (breakfast, lunch, dinner, desserts, boba)
    - Free shuttle (it's free for now, until they become like Google)
    - Freedom in daily job tasks (not a ton of micro-management)
    - Looks of internal company groups that perm/temp workers can join

    Cons

    - NEPOTISM, FAVORITISM, AND IMMATURE WORKERS
    A lot of college grads are hired for temporary positions in the Community Operations department (possibly other departments as well), which calls for an immature work environment. Permanent employees favor certain temp workers, and promote them or give them more responsibilities. College grads look down on people older than them, and permanent workers overlook hard workers (statistics are skewed because there is nepotism and favoritism involved). Some temp workers are undervalued for their hard work and 'let go' without many facts to back it up.

    - NO WORK LIFE BALANCE, UNREALISTIC EXPECTATIONS
    Although there is not a lot of micro-management and you have freedom to accomplish your daily job tasks, the expectations are too high and they are unrealistic. If you don't meet the manager or senior-staffs' quality or quantity, they "let you go" without a just cause. The judgement system is not fair, because there is nepotism and favoritism among temp workers. Temp workers are shunned and ridiculed in front of everyone during quality review time. This causes the work environment to be very harsh, unfriendly and NOT a fun place to work. Permanent workers are PASSIVE-AGGRESSIVE and don't try to help you improve in your job tasks, let alone even train you well when you first started working for Facebook.

    - NO SUPPORT OR ENCOURAGEMENT FOR TEMP WORKERS
    Contractors are hired fast and "let go" fast. It feels like more than 50% of the workforce are temp workers. Permanent workers view temp workers as just their 'slaves' to do their unwanted job tasks. No one really cares about your career growth, nor care about you as a person. You are just a 'slave' to the permanent workers, so move on to a new job when you get a chance.

    - LOW PAY FOR TEMP WORKERS (HUGE DISCREPANCY IN PAY BETWEEN PRO UNLIMITED AND OTHER STAFFING COMPANIES)
    The pay is extremely different between Pro Unlimited and other staffing companies. If you were hired by Pro Unlimited, that is good news for you because you are getting paid a lot more in dollars per hour. If you came from another staffing company, you are being paid a lot lower and should try to find a new job that pays more for your hard work.

    - PERMANENT WORKERS LOOK DOWN ON TEMP WORKERS
    This does not just exist at Facebook, but it is sad that it happens at Facebook. Permanent workers act entitled, and think that the world revolves around them.

    - HARDLY ANY TRANSITION BETWEEN TEMP TO PERM
    If you are a temp worker, don't expect to be hired as a permanent worker. Facebook usually hires permanent workers externally and do not even encourage temp workers to try to transition as a permanent worker. Work hard, but take it with you. Don't expect that they will create a permanent opportunity for you to stay longer than your contract. Once it ends, it's over. Move on with your life and find something better.

    Advice to Management

    - Hire more experienced, IMPARTIAL permanent employees that do not show favoritism among temporary workers.
    - Have realistic expectations and empathy for your temp workers. Just because you don't do their daily job tasks, it doesn't mean you should raise the bar extremely high......just so you look good in the eyes of your own boss.
    - Have more support and encourage your temp workers to be productive, proactive and provide them resources to do so.

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  5. Helpful (2)

    Engineer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Facebook full-time

    Pros

    good company, innovative and fast pacing

    Cons

    n/a i feel it is a great company full of talents

  6. Helpful (6)

    Not for Everyone

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Menlo Park, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Perks & pay are top notch. Some of the engineers are truly talented.

    Cons

    As the title says, FB is not for everybody IMO. The recent set of 1-star ratings list pretty much all the things that made me leave: questionable work-life-balance, no planning/structure, arrogant/ignorant coworkers, every man for himself/every woman for herself, cliques, political, inept managers, poor communication/rumor mill/back-stabbing, no teamwork, management by attention-deficit disorder.

    The work-life-balance issue goes beyond the mere hours: it is expected that you become FB friends with all your coworkers, managers, etc. FB makes it impossible for the realm of your private life to remain separate from your workplace and coworkers. This wasn't working for me, but I recognize that for others this isn't an issue.

    It seemed to me that much that is broken at FB is perpetuated by the in-clique and in fact gets sold as the great achievements of FB's unique culture.

    Advice to Management

    Do what every other successful company your size does: train you managers so they can:
    * create teams that work together on common goals,
    * foster good communication
    * help their team plan and be successful
    You're holding on to ideas that may have worked when you were a start-up (no code ownership, no planning, documentation?, tests?). Your so-called culture is a liability, especially if you let incompetent managers corrupt it to the opposite of the values you want to stand for.

  7. This is an amazing place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Facebook full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -smart people
    -relative autonomy
    -impact all over the world
    -unbeatable perks

    Cons

    Be prepared to work hard.

    Advice to Management

    Keep being amazing--you're building something truly special.

  8. Helpful (5)

    Team Lead

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    Former Employee - Team Lead in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Team Lead in Menlo Park, CA

    I worked at Facebook

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Smart people. Cutting edge technologies. Amazing food.

    Cons

    Some huge, out-of-control egos in management, especially at the middle layers. Couple that with the general immaturity of the company and you'll see some very poor judgement and "Game of Thrones" style politics in a few departments.

    Average tenure of a staff engineer is about 4 years - mostly because after the initial stock grants vest there is near zero incentive for anyone under a Director level to stay any longer.

    Culture creates and fosters entitled whiners - so much so that it is a running joke inside the company, with groups such as "Patently Absurd Requests for Facebook Offices" making fun of it all. But then again, this company is largely made up of the "participation trophy" generation, who have been told they were super-special since they were born. Being hired by Facebook amplifies that self-esteem level well beyond eleven.

    It is never spoken about, but staff turnover is huge. The washout rate of n00bs is likely around 40%. Truly talented staff move around, so team continuity is rare.

    Zero work-life balance - unless you happen to have a kid while working there.

    Advice to Management

    Fix the broken review and calibration cycle, especially the schedule and unspoken stack ranking. Strive for higher competence levels in departments outside of Engineering - starting with HR.

    Stop heaping huge rewards on people who ship shiny, Zuck-pleasing products that utterly fail in the marketplace.

  9. Software Engineer

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Very good culture and very good benefit.

    Cons

    A little bit of working overtime

  10. Helpful (3)

    software engineer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Facebook full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    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

  11. Helpful (1)

    I'm amazed by the fabulous people I get to work alongside daily.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great culture, transparency amongst the company, deep investment in the individual, caters to personal strengths.

    Cons

    Its growing extremely quickly that I worry pieces of the fun-loving, close, collaborative environment may not be at the same level.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in keeping analysts happy in their current roles to decrease the high mobility amongst teams.

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