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  1. software engineer

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Facebook

    Pros

    move fast, free meals, great benefits

    Cons

    i don't like the new location of facebook seattle

  2. Helpful (11)

    Not as good as you might like it to be

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing/Sales in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing/Sales in Menlo Park, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Amazing place in so many ways. Benefits and perks are literally the best you can possibly ask for. Caliber of people is amazing as well, in fact it is a little scary and intimidating. If you like fast paced, this is the place for you as the product (Facebook) can change overnight.

    Cons

    WAY to many layers of management and career path is not clear. The culture is also sink or swim which given the caliber of person they bring in and how many people they have to pick from, is crazy. why would you bring in that level of talent and then let her/him flounder? The young, cocky culture makes for a political one. Engineering rules the roost and sales teams are made up of people so young and inexperienced it is laughable.

    Advice to Management

    Foster teamwork. "sink or swim" is just a horrible way to do it given the talent you have. it makes no sense, is highly inefficient and breeds a loner/put myself first culture.

  3. Amazing company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Menlo Park, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Competitive, collaborative and challenging work environment

    Cons

    Really really really high expectations

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  5. Helpful (5)

    Simply amazing

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Data Scientist in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Data Scientist in Menlo Park, CA

    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

    Every morning when I go in, I feel like the luckiest guy on earth for ever landing a job here.

    Projects: Every team is understaffed, so there is a ton of incredibly important work to do everywhere. Because of this, you can work on high-impact (and potentially high-visibilty) projects from Day 1.

    Autonomy: I've always felt extremely trusted in both my technical competency and prioritization skills. Management is (generally) helpful when I want help, but mostly I've been able to do my own thing and work on whatever project feels most important to the company and/or interesting to me.

    People: Everyone is really smart, and most people are really friendly, funny, and generally awesome to hang out with.

    Food: Amazing. Healthy options are phenomenal, as are the unhealthy ones.

    Gym: The staff is incredible.

    So much more!

    Cons

    - Stress: The company likes to run slim. As mentioned in the pros above, this means you're always working on impactful projects, but it also means your team is understaffed and you may have to work some nights and weekends to get stuff done (though definitely not as bad as the previous strartup I worked for). The more teams you work with, the worse this can get, since some people love to load up on meetings during the day.

    Egos: There are some people who are really full of themselves and difficult to work with. This happens anywhere I've been, but there's a special brand of self-importance among some folks here. Fortunately, I've never had to work too closely with these people, but they make their presence known.

    Advice to Management

    Zuck: Keep doing what you're doing. You articulate a great vision for the company and always seem very "real" at Q&As.

    Lower management: Live true to the company goals. Unblock your reports, play to their strengths, and help them grow. Instead of requesting "more leadership" from ICs, say what that means and provide coaching.

  6. Big company, good benefits

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Designer in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Product Designer in Menlo Park, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The benefits are very good.

    Cons

    The company is getting larger and doesn't feel like a startup anymore.

  7. Helpful (1)

    Contractor actively seeking permanent positions

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Casual company culture.
    -Very college-like feel.
    -Small teams, with very supportive colleagues.
    -Supportive of maintaining work/life balance.
    -Offers resources for bettering skills
    -Open culture

    Cons

    -Contractors are disposable (majority of work force)
    -Sometimes there's apparent segregation between full-time-employees and contractors
    -Job security as a contractor is low
    -Contractors=no benefits

    Advice to Management

    Some contractors get trained on more specialized subject matter, and I think they should be given more opportunities to be absorbed into their team as permanent employees.

  8. Helpful (1)

    Smart team, interesting company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Intern in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing Intern in Menlo Park, CA

    I worked at Facebook

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

    Pros

    - Everybody is really smart and dedicated to their work
    - The perks are amazing
    - Morale is high, the company is on an awesome trajectory

    Cons

    - A lot is still being figured out, teams are frequently re-organized, and people come and go frequently
    - You have to make your own way, not a lot of training or managerial support

    Advice to Management

    - The transparency is great - keep it up!

  9. Summer 2014 Software Development Engineering Intern

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Software Engineer in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Intern - Software Engineer in Menlo Park, CA

    I worked at Facebook as an intern (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Great perks and working atmosphere. The people you work with are all top-notch, highly motivated and competent. You learn about many new technologies and the work you do has immediate impact. Very fast development cycle.

    Cons

    The fast pace and development cycle can seem sloppy and disorganized at times. There is the drive to "be bold and break things" or "done is better than perfect." Many new ideas come from hackathons. Facebook is very product driven, with less of an emphasis on architectural integrity and sound infrastructure.

    Advice to Management

    Company culture is fantastic, and work-life balance is truly great at Facebook. Employees are treated exceptionally well. For employees working on backend-type features, it would help to have upper management provide a sense of direction and group alignment.

  10. Fun environment but too much about the money

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Facebook

    Pros

    Fun
    good food
    good facilities
    good co-workers

    Cons

    Its all about the money

    Advice to Management

    Return to core values

  11. User Operations Analyst

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I have been working at Facebook as a contractor

    Pros

    It's a large and open campus with free food. Job is pretty technical and you get to learn how project management is like. Brings value to your resume.

    Cons

    With a large company it has become very difficult to convert to FTE. The work can be a little monotonous, but it's doable. The contract/FTE divide is stronger than I thought.

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