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Updated January 25, 2015
Updated January 25, 2015
858 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.  

    I had such a great experience working for Facebook.

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    Former Employee - Technical Project Manager in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Technical Project Manager in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Very laid back, everyone is kind and helpful

    Cons

    Sometimes a little too laid back

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to keep up the helpfulness and respect.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    The best first job I could have ever thought of.

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    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 3 years)

    Pros

    Super smart colleagues, inspiring goals, high impact work and very high compensation for successful engineers

    Cons

    None that I can think of.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    blood factory with high pressure and intensive workload

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

    I have been working at Facebook

    Pros

    good benefit, and packages.. You can learn some good stuff.

    Cons

    In many teams, the manager is the czar who is powerful to control everything, of course including the performance review. Be careful, don't annoy the manager, otherwise, you will be very painful no matter how good your performance is.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please scrutinize the behavior of the managers in some teams.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    awesome place to learn and grow

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Facebook

    Pros

    Learning, Rewards, Perks, food, location

    Cons

    24/7 stress, pace and micro-management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Facebook provides the means to invent the future

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Menlo Park, CA

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

    Pros

    My compensation is extraordinarily high.
    The pipeline from research to deployment for a billion users is incredibly fast.
    The management is absolutely amazing.
    Resources are virtually unlimited.
    Facebook tries hard to do good, and unquestionably is doing well.
    Almost everyone is younger than me.

    Cons

    Though not the fault of anyone, really, there are too few hours in the day.
    Almost everyone is younger than me.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The senior management has got to be among the best in history; they listen to our advice, but surely their own advice to us is far more valuable.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great focus on mission, skimping on some of the fundamentals

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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

    The company's focus on mission is extraordinary. At every level of the company (at least on the technical side), the emphasis is overwhelmingly on supporting its brilliant engineers in delivering on tools that move to company forward in its deeply-felt goal of making the world more open and connected. There is an absolute minimum of bureaucratic crap. Compensation is generous and the perks are preposterous - well more than I want or need, really, but hey, if they're going to provide nearly free dry cleaning, I guess I'll use it.

    Cons

    Some of the mid-level management don't seem to know what they're doing - many/most of them are technical managers, and don't necessarily know how to organize, direct or motivate people. The biannual employee calibration cycle is absurdly excessive in scope, and literally absorbs managers' attention for 3-4 months out of the year. The internal organization is largely ad hoc and sorely missing in some of the fundamentals that would help the company scale more effectively - this is a consequence of the commitment to light structure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not every technical problem can be solved by a hackathon or its equivalent. Sometimes changes in culture and attitude are needed, and getting everyone in a room for a day or a week to focus intensively on solving an issue does not work for many kinds of problems.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Facetastic!

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

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

    Pros

    Smart people, pretty close to meritocratic, interesting challenges, high levels of transparency and super flat hierarchies considering the size of the company.

    Cons

    Due to emphasis on promoting managers from individual contributors some managers are not great at people management. Because of the limited top-down management sometimes you end up in tech debt that might've been avoided. Facebook is not really set up for employees with families, although they are getting better. Someone is always smarter than you...

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Presently surprised

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    Current Employee - Business Operations Manager in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Business Operations Manager in Menlo Park, CA

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

    Pros

    This is my fifth job and when I started it I expected it to have a lot of the politics a company this size typically has. I must say I have been pleasantly surprised to see how everyone employed here has been living the company values. There is a lot of focus on moving fast, making mistakes and correcting upon your mistakes. People and processes are very open that makes decision making super fast. There is little to no room for people who want to do things in the dark. You can feel the proximity to Zuck's decisions.

    Cons

    If you are looking for cubical or office type privacy this place is not for you. If you like to keep your personal and professional life, that doesn't happen much here. Expectation is that if you are here, you are here to do things in your life that you love and there is no keeping that separate from your personal life.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not been here long enough to provide meaningful advice.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Experience.

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

    I worked at Facebook as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    There are lots of interesting projects for interns, including building the tool for fraud transactions management.

    Cons

    The campus is not big. There aren't many choices for food. But I really enjoyed my time.

    Recommends
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Work and learn from really smart people

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    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 an year)

    Pros

    - Great people
    - Free food
    - Amazing culture that focuses on impact
    - Lots of work
    - As much responsibility as you want

    Cons

    - Lots of work
    - Takes time to learn how to work at Facebook
    - Your career is in your hands

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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