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Updated December 17, 2014
Updated December 17, 2014
832 Reviews
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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. 4 people found this helpful  

    Completely disappointed and ignored as if I didn't exist

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    Former Employee - Risk Ops in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Risk Ops in Austin, TX

    I worked at Facebook as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Free food, no dress code, downtown location, smart peers, young and fresh as you would expect

    Cons

    treated as a second class citizen, subhuman compared to full time employees, ignored, excluded from team, no potential for career advancement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop contracting. If you are going to continue to, then just move them all offsite, or in a dark room away from everyone else. At least that one, they will think you treat everyone like that. Its basically slave labor for you, and you would honestly do better to just ask for volunteers if you don't plan on hiring the position full time. At least a volunteer signed up for the abuse. I cannot think of a more demoralizing environment than the one you subject your contractors to.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Not all it's cracked up to be

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

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

    Pros

    Working at a world leading company
    Excellent pay

    Cons

    Grueling hours
    Rude management
    Angry colleagues who are disillusioned with the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to work this out otherwise more stories like this are going to leak out and then there will be trouble

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 21 people found this helpful  

    Very competitive work environment but not accurately advertised as such

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at Facebook

    Pros

    -Opportunity to write software that gets used by hundreds of millions of people
    -Opportunity to see how a successful company is run
    -Opportunity to launch often
    -Potential IPO

    Cons

    -Frontend work (i.e. work done in most of the product-oriented teams) is mostly mundane PHP and nothing that really intellectually challenging from a Computer Science perspective. (Backend may be different but I never tried that.)
    -Potential to get judged too quickly for performance. They are less willing than other companies to let you try something different which may be a better fit if you are not performing well enough on your current project.
    -Chaos that may hurt you--you may start out on one project but be expected to do something else for no good reason, that may not be the best fit for your skills.
    -Some managers are too busy to give useful frequent feedback.
    -I get the impression that they manage by a bell curve, but are not not being transparent about it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be absolutely honest to new hires about where Facebook stands in the spectrum between 'severe' and 'forgiving' for performance reviews, especially when you let new engineers choose their initial team, so that they can choose their teams carefully and pick a project they know they will do well instead of just one that catches their interest but is not necessarily a good fit for their experience and skills.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    It was fair - lots of opportunities to learn - few opportunities to work on interesting projects

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    Former Employee - Product Manager in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Menlo Park, CA

    I worked at Facebook full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    High compensation, generous time-off. Good food. (the hamburger place is always tasty). The propaganda is usually enticing and the sweet shop keeps you fat.

    Cons

    Company culture is broken. Office leadership is broken. Work is not challenging or interesting.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Before hiring new employees, please be honest with them about what working at Facebook is truly like and what the projects they will work on are in reality. Don't lie and use your company brand collateral to rope in smart and motivated people to only then suck their souls out of their bodies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 8 people found this helpful  

    Immature company

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    Former Employee - Expense Analyst in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Expense Analyst in Menlo Park, CA

    I worked at Facebook as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Casual environment, healthy snacks provided, fun campus, pay is great

    Cons

    Many of the employees are arrogant, which seems to be encouraged by management. There are a complete lack of processes and an attitude of being too cutting edge to create them. They treat contractors like second class citizens. There is definitely a culture of us and them, also people are more than willing to throw others under the bus to look good. It would be a fun job if you're 22, but if you have worked at a company that is established, the immaturity is apparent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You're still a young company, you're not "too ahead" to set up processes. Need to train employees better, not just sink or swim!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 6 people found this helpful  

    Keep Up With the Clique

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    - insane perks (barber, laundry, dry cleaning, car detailing, fitness facilities, stipend for food and entertainment, childcare, etc.)
    - tremendous stock upside
    - competitive (but not overboard) base salaries
    - generous bi-yearly bonuses

    Cons

    Out of sight, out of mind. Be prepared to always be social with everyone. Engage everyone at the company both online and offline at all times. This can get tiring if you're not naturally that kind of person. The people that are the friendliest with the decision-makers always get preference. Its not the kind of place that you can keep your head down, have a small group of friends, do good work, and be successful. You need to be socially matrixed to the maximum level. If not, you might be let go...

    Also, they didn't get to be a big behemoth by ignoring the little things. There are a lot of mundane tasks to be done. There are also lots of small optimizations to be made that move numbers up but don't necessarily impact the end-user experience that much. It's easy to lose sight of a good process that asks "why?" and instead work tirelessly (and rapidly) to move numbers up for no good reason (other than to move numbers up).

    Lots of time is required out of normal business hours. This can be challenging for people with families.

    Some orgs are better run than others. Choose wisely, and do your homework, out of bootcamp.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Break up the clique-culture. Its like an 8th grade schoolyard in there (replete with the puppy-love romances).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Former member of recruiting team

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

    I worked at Facebook as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    The campus is awesome. There is an arcade, a coffee shop, tons of options for food, most of which are delicious. It was a fun atmosphere...outside of the recruiting team.

    Cons

    Recruiting team managers and director were not genuine. I always felt like they were fake. Talking behind your back and smiling in your face. No wonder all the good people in recruiting are now at pinterest!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be nice. Be genuine. Care about your team members.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great company, but disorganization + bad management = a terrible experience for me.

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    Former Employee - Designer in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Designer in Menlo Park, CA

    I worked at Facebook full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Really smart people, Zuck has weekly Q+As and answers everything

    Cons

    The Revenue org is the worst. There is a total lack of transparency, which is different that the Eng and Design orgs.

    They say it's easy to transfer, but it's hard to find a role if you aren't a specialist.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's not okay to block your employees from doing the work they were hired to do and for not telling them the work was on hold for 8 months.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great learning environment and company, too bad it's filled with too many arrogant people

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Facebook full-time

    Pros

    Great perks and environment!
    You can have high impact with projects as long as you are pro-active

    Cons

    A red tape throughout the company as it's getting bigger
    Having to deal with arrogant Client Partners in market
    Work/life balance can be quite poor as it can be expected that you are available in non working hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize and reward the right people

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Contingent Worker

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Free Food, drinks and electronic equipment. Not so great to contingent workers.

    Cons

    No organizational structure in NY

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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