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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. 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.

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  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Excellent plate to work

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    Current Employee - Site Reliability Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Site Reliability Engineer in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Facebook

    Pros

    Amazing environment with a strong focus on getting things done vs politics or "Process". When bad things happen, the focus is always on finding a fix rather than finding the blame. Organized chaos. Working with some of the smartest and most knowledgeable people I've ever met. They don't just throw money away, but they're willing to spend to solve problems or improve things when it's needed. The benefits like free food are excellent, and in general they treat their employees like human adults instead of children or replaceable cogs or numbers.

    Cons

    The biggest downside is the organized chaos (although that's also a plus). At times it can be a bit too chaotic, though even that's improving.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    What you're doing is working - keep at it. Although some increase in Process and bureaucracy is inevitable as the company grows, make sure that the focus on people never goes away. The risk of following "Best Practices" down the road to mediocrity is very real, and it will take away everything that makes the company great.

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  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    This place is no joke.

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    Current Employee - Human Resources in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Facebook

    Pros

    Empowerment. Real and immediate impact, high level of responsibility. Assumption of good intentions. Fun. People genuinely like each other.

    Cons

    The focus on "most fast" sometimes leaves things undone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Know how to balance young/eager with the seniority/seasoned leadership you need to make Facebook continue to succeed.

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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great people; amzing place to work.

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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

    The people here are both brilliant and humble, making for an incredibly collaborative envirnment for building awesome new stuff. Management process is also great - very hands off, lots of freedom to the engineers to work on what they are interested in, make important decisions. Lots of trust and responsibility in engineers.

    Cons

    It is starting to get a little big, and a little bit political, although I don't have much first hand experience with the politics. Split into multiple buildings again.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should work actively to try to discourage politics. You should also make sure to keep the culture very engineering focused, putting a greater effort on keeping big things happening in other parts of the company more than transparent, especially when they are "in the works."

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  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great place to start a career and network.

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    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at Facebook

    Pros

    Great place to work with some of the young and brightest people in the world. A great addition to your resume and you get to work on products that everyone that you know will use.

    Cons

    Too many Managers and ideas. Sometimes too many cooks in the kitchen will spoil the food. And that is what happens at Facebook. But then again, that is the growing pains that Facebook is going through. Also most of the innovative products have been implemented and a lot of focus now is on maintenance and tweaking. Nothing much to be excited about.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your developers with respect and acknowledge their work and successes. Essentially they are ones who are keeping the company alive.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

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

    I worked at Facebook

    Pros

    perfect company for career, a fun environment, fun people, lots of genius level people, company grows rapidly and continuously, a very good place to work, pre-IPO company

    Cons

    mid level managers are inexperienced and do lots of mistakes, salaries are not so bright but company is pre-IPO and it is a good opportunity

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    fix mid level management, listen employees feedback {yes, much more} especially their reviews about mid level managers, try to understand why so many people are leaving

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  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good experience, great people.

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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

    Really smart people that care about building a great product. It's clear that people are really excited about what they are doing.

    Cons

    It's getting political and seems like there is a lot of jockeying. That's not great for an engineer who really cares about making a great product. It gets in the way.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The Company could benefit from cutting out some of the people that contribute to a political environment. It would make a more productive place to work.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 8 people found this helpful  

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

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

    I worked at Facebook

    Pros

    Free food, dry cleaning, snacks

    Extremely bright people in engineering/product teams

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

    Cons

    Most 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 ManagementAdvice

    Get 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

    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    ok place

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

    I have been working at Facebook

    Pros

    food, dry cleaning and free concerts

    Cons

    can be a bit demanding

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    communicate more to employess

    No opinion of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    If you are in Engineering, you are at the right place. If, Operations... don't look back and run.

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

    I worked at Facebook

    Pros

    If you are in Engineering department, you are at one of the best place to work for.

    Cons

    Operations department management sucks, they don't treat to people in a respectful and fair way. If you want to be a good position in Operations, you need to be friend of some certain people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Question and try to understand why you constantly loose people from Operations. Facebook Software Engineering departments might be ideal place to work for but not the Operations.

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