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Updated August 19, 2014
Updated August 19, 2014
727 Reviews

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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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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Disappointing

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Facebook is a product that touches so many lives. Big impact. The management style is good—managers are managers by choice, so they actually care about managing well. And they don't micromanage.

    Cons

    The company lacks vision, IMHO, and has big trust issues with users. For good reason. Personally, I don't think the company has a lot of lasting value.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company spends a lot of time looking at, and copying, rivals. It's "data-driven," for sure. But I think this is coming at the cost of a broader vision for what Facebook is for and why people should keep using it.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 7 people found this helpful  

    The worst management experience of my career.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menlo Park, CA

    Pros

    More food then you could ever imagine, shuttle service, bike shop, events and more perks, and more perks and more perks.
    Lots of smart people and the ability to work from home on occasion.

    Cons

    Communication across teams and even within teams, career growth, salaries are so low in comparisons to the market value of the employees skills, privacy, and worst of all inexperienced management. The lack of compassion in this company is unbelievable, and the lack of mentorship is surprising.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire some adults! Learn to invest in your current employees career growth.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Remote Offices - Be wary

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Its Facebook - 1.3billion users
    $MM are the norm
    Some good people

    Cons

    A lot of bad people - huge amount of hype aout hiring the best, but rarely is the truth. A lot of arrogant people
    MASSIVE gap between Eng/Prod and the "rest"
    Remote offices are give no autonomy.
    Smart people doing a lot of crap work
    Short sighted around careers
    Inexperienced at exec level in particular.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire the right people to do the right work, and let them do it. Let people in remote offices actually contribute

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    A fantastic company... full of jerks.

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    Former Employee - MMS  in  Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)
    Former Employee - MMS in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)

    Pros

    Incredible benefits, a great sense of family and partnership.

    Cons

    Too many 'bad eggs' in terms of people, who 'think' they are the embodiment of enlightenment and facebook's mission, instead maintaining status-quoe and dampening people's ideas, motivation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be what you say you are.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 7 people found this helpful  

    Salary is so low that you need to bring food home

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    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Menlo Park, CA

    Pros

    you have a big name on your CV

    Cons

    you will need to bring food and snacks home from the office if you want to survive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's degrading have to systematically "steal" food from the office, please pay us more, salary is just average, promotions are non existent after a couple of years.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 5 people found this helpful  

    nice campus, bad salaries, lot of pressure

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    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Menlo Park, CA

    Pros

    -nice working environment
    -a lot of food

    Cons

    -low salary, you will starve if you are a single income family
    -salary + benefits does not compensate the huge effort you will make on a job here
    -lot of pressure to deliver or pretend to deliver something with impact

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Company could definitely afford to pay above the average, instead is keeping people "hungry" with the excuse of free food and having FB name on CV.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Lots of hype, substance is lacking.

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

    Pros

    Challenging problems in scope and scale to solve.
    Money for projects is essentially unlimited. Buy the best of everything.

    Cons

    Politics and poor leadership in the mid-management levels.
    Many mediocre co-workers that can't pull their weight.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Many of your Managers and Directors are not high caliber or top notch.
    Set a higher bar and weed out your poor quality directors.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Company is more suited for top grads than for those with hacker/intellectual mindset.

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

    Pros

    Lots of smart people, really good technical infrastructure. Company actually changed the world with social networking. Free food, good pay, benefits. Facebook on resume looks fantastic.

    Cons

    1) It's a social networking company, always will be, never even bothers with thinking beyond social.

    2) If you can convince yourself into thinking every thing Facebook does is worthwhile, it's a jolly good place to work. Otherwise, the internal culture that's developed over there can be very stressful, always expecting people to be confirming and to be vocal about it. It's an 'either fit in or get out' culture.

    3) Company as a whole is bad at asking honest questions on important issues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Being data driven is a good thing, but when it prevents you from thinking on fundamental issues, the whole approach becomes superficial. E.g, the most common public perception on facebook ads is that they are essentially irrelevant to them. Because of its sheer size, there will always be clicks/imps/revenue or whatever. You could either spend time optimizing these metrics, or instead, think about the most fundamental issue (that of irrelevance) and bring in some paradigm shift, thus making ads a real product.

    Another example is Facebook Home. Who really cares about a fancy UI with chat heads? Give me something real, like a completely new and better way to use/benefit from smartphones than the existing platforms. Then your phones will actually be bought. The question here is why go for these meaningless small goals and not for real world changing stuff that the company prides itself on being capable of?

    Do yourself a big favor and train employees on their weekly manager meetings. As of now, they are useless and can hurt engineers who really have no clue on what's expected of them. While you're at it, also train management and employees on setting concrete expectations.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Does not "connect" with contractors

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    Current Employee - Legal Triage Technician  in  Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Legal Triage Technician in Menlo Park, CA

    Pros

    Free food. Free transportation. Get to put Facebook on your resume. Casual work attire.

    Cons

    If you are a CONTRACTOR you will be treated like a second class citizen, you will have no voice. Will not be considered for advancement, even if there are positions available. Actual employees work less than the contractors. FB hires contractors to do work that will be constantly needed, front desk, kitchen staff, IT Help Desk to name a few. It's as if they don't want the "help" to be officially apart of their team. The FB you see online is not the same as in the office.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have more than enough money. Hire people and give them job security. Especially for people that are doing jobs that won't be going away. 2+ years as a "contractor"......Give me a break!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    Not a good place for a career

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menlo Park, CA

    Pros

    1. Great benefits and perks
    2. Passionate and dedicated employees
    3. Fun and exciting environment

    Cons

    1. No career growth and lack of internal career paths
    2. Low compensation
    3. Lots of politics within the company (many ex-Yahoos and AOL employees are in management)
    4. Bad culture and habits brought in from ex-Yahoos and AOL employees are making a big negative impact on culture and morale at the company
    5. Mark Zuckerberg, aka Zuck has received good ratings in the past but of late he has been very distracted and not focused on how the company is run internally, he should own it and step up by making management changes to course correct the ship before it becomes another AOL.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do something to address the low compensation issues and morale/culture issues within the company, make changes to management particularly in the engineering and sales organizations since the same traits that they had at Yahoo and AOL are starting to show at Facebook as well.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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