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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. 6 people found this helpful  

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

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Facebook

    Pros

    Facebook 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.

    Cons

    Management 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 ManagementAdvice

    Work harder at integrating business and engineering.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    I was just an intern

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

    I worked at Facebook

    Pros

    Young culture
    Fast paced
    Exciting after hours

    Cons

    Sociopathic leadership
    Youth run amok with poor oversite

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None really.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    wonderful place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Facebook

    Pros

    -management is approachable and open with information
    -perks are outstanding (health, pto, food, company events, laundry services, etc)
    -employees are among the brightest in the industry
    -exciting work environment

    Cons

    -inconsistency in quality reviews
    -rapid employee growth means less personal peer-to-peer relationships

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep up the great work and the forward thinking

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Sweet place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Facebook

    Pros

    Never go hungry
    Always have clean clothes
    Manager listens to issues and aids in solution/resolution
    Management focused on employee satisfaction
    Coworkers wickedly intelligent
    Flexibility in work hours
    Autonomy
    Move fast, be bold
    Ability to be innovative

    Cons

    Multiple review cycles that detract from the real work
    Inconsistency in ratings
    Some employees not acting as owners
    Complaints from employees on the most ridiculous things
    Ripsticks in the walkways

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My advice to the leadership at Facebook is to keep doing what you do everyday to make the workplace fun to return to day after day.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    If you like to be challenged and rewarded for success, facebook is a great place to start!

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    Current Employee - Technical Recruiter in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Recruiter in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Facebook

    Pros

    - fast paced work environment, where I can move as quickly as needed to get the job done
    - FB provides me the opportunity to have a huge impact
    - we work hard at FB, but we are recognized for our efforts and success (and we have fun while working)
    - friendly environment, good food, great tools, and the brightest people on earth!

    Cons

    - Constant change, but that come with this type of growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up!

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    I love working at Facebook

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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

    Pros

    -meritocracy
    -freedom for engineers
    -interesting problems, cool company, lots of unique opportunities
    -benefits are great, I love free food

    Cons

    -environment can be overly intense for some

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great workplace and perks !

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Facebook

    Pros

    - It's Facebook
    - Some of the smartest people you'll ever meet work there.
    - Great projects, fast pace, high impact.
    - Personal empowerment.
    - Free food!

    Cons

    - you might gain weight.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to improve PR and be more pro-active about user security/privacy concerns.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Facebook is the best engineering organization I have ever worked for

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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

    Pros

    A bureaucracy-free environment that allows you to simply get work done
    Strong management with strong technical background all the way to the top
    Very metric-driven engineering team
    The ability to prioritize tasks based on what you think is important
    A remarkably well defined review process that encourages personal development in different areas
    Company policy to leave unnecessary meetings early or skip them entirely

    Cons

    Some politics and cliques
    Some user-facing projects have too many product managers
    Some late nights when supporting new code pushes
    Fighting fires can become a full time job

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't stop being open and transparent
    Daytime hackathons to encourage more participation for engineers with family commitment
    Improve recruiting's ability to filter candidates so engineering interviews have lower reject rate

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Awesome place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Facebook

    Pros

    The work environment is certainly fast-paced and often chaotic, but everyone manages to keep a level head and make logical, yet innovative decisions, even when under pressure. Most people are pretty young as is reflected in the culture of t-shirts, jeans, video games, and ripsticks. The food is awesome and definitely makes it easier to work longer hours and actually enjoy them. Working cross-functionally is not only accepted, but expected. You won't be confined to your own team, which is nice. Overall, it's definitely the best job I've had so far.

    Cons

    As a pretty young company, policies and best practices change quite often, which can be hard to follow at times. Other than that, there really aren't many cons.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep meetings when you schedule them because it's hard for everyone else to change their schedules last minute and a lot of time is wasted.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    I love my job

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Facebook

    Pros

    Open environment, flat organization, people are nice and very smart

    Cons

    Everyone is smart so you always have to be on your game

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    How will we keep a startupy environment when the company grows to 5000? 10000?

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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