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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.  

    what a joy;

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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

    - even as an intern you have great responsibilities
    - work with really smart and cool people
    - liberty to decide how, when and where you'll work
    - your opinion matters
    - you do stuff that have impact on almost a billion people
    - delicious food
    - the coolest perks/benefits you could want to have

    Cons

    in a move fast culture it's not so easy to get involved if you're not proactive.

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

    Great place to work

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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

    Pros

    Great culture where you are limited only by your ability and initiative.
    Engineers get to move around the company with low friction.

    Cons

    Can be a little intense sometimes especially around launches. To be successful at Facebook, people need to be able to enjoy the fast pase.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 6 people found this helpful  

    Awesome place to work!

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Everyone in this company has incredible energy and passion for what they do. You get to work with some really smart people without any of the politics I've seen with other employers. Everyone is trying their best to be awesome at whatever it is that they do and having fun at the same time.

    Cons

    At 37, I'm one of the old guys.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It will be a challenge to keep things the way they are, particularly as we continue to grow.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Amazing scale, pace and culture

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    • 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 (less than an year)

    Pros

    I'm coming up to the end of my first quarter and continue to be blown away by how fast we can move, even compared to tiny startups. The engineering culture is aligned to enabling you to try things out, get things done and get them shipped out at an amazing rate. The perks are amazing and the management structure feels flat and low friction. Lots of smart folks and plenty of opportunities to get stuck into different areas if you feel like a change.

    Work/life balance is good; lots of encouragement to take a break when you need it with a pretty high frequency of offsite events, and flexible working hours.

    The onboarding process is very well put together: culture infusion from the moment you walk in the door, and you're mentored through a six week bootcamp and can be pushing code out to the website in your first week.

    Cons

    The flip side of the low friction management structure is that you need to take on more ownership of finding high impact work--don't expect to handed out work, you need to identify the work and then get it done. I see this as a plus, but it can make it a little difficult when you start out.

    Having a high density of smart folks can make it feel more competitive than it really is, and that combined with the pretty low average age of employees can result in the occasional abrasive conversation.

    Being privy to the roadmap and our plans overall but not being able to tell people about it when they interpret our steps towards our grand vision in a negative light can be frustrating.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep on doing what you're doing!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    This is freaking amazing

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Analytics in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Product Analytics in Menlo Park, CA

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

    Pros

    * Intellectually challenging, stimulating work
    * I own my work stream and for the most part decide what is most important
    * Managers have a "hands-off" philosophy as long as you perform well, which is absolutely awesome
    * Tons of opportunities to develop technical, communication and other skills
    * Perks, perks, perks!

    Cons

    * too much cool stuff to do that I don't have time to do it all

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't listen to wall street and keep doing what you are doing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    So good it doesn't feel like work.

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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 (less than an year)

    Pros

    - High impact on a product that is used by 900M+ people every month.
    - Awesome environment with highly skilled coworkers.
    - Great culture, focus on getting stuff done.
    - Awesome food.
    - Great benefits and perks.
    - Engineering bootcamp, which is the best way to introduce the new hires to the culture and to teach how stuff works at Facebook.

    Cons

    - Too much food can get you fat.
    - Ripstiks can hurt sometimes.
    - The first days of work can be very hard. They can be very fun too, though.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    As a Facebook engineer, you can have as much impact as you are driven to have; your opinion matters a lot!

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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

    As a software engineer, a lot of work is self driven and based on self-motivation. You are not told exactly what to do week over week. It is your job to figure out what is best to work on, what has the most impact for the company, and how to improve things. Most engineering is driven by the engineers themselves and not some sort of management. To me, this is perfect. However, if you don't like thinking about what you are doing and being critical about what is good for the company and your team, this might not be the place for you.

    Cons

    Facebook is all about iterating fast. This is great for our products because we can quickly get something out there and see what works and what does not. However, it means we have a lot of sketchy software and products sometimes. It also means we have to constantly be doing "cleanup" which often takes a long time. You will be under "attack" by the outside world because things "suck" even though you know they are being worked on and improved, but that takes time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    best place to work at

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    1. World Class Environment
    2. Best growth

    Cons

    None i guess they are doing best...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They are doing fine.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    My first job, it does not get better than this

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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

    - Everyday is different
    - Good progression in the company
    - Nice people
    - Overall faith in the company

    Cons

    - The expectations are pretty high

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Best place to have a big impact

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

    I have been working at Facebook full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - compared with its competitors (many of which have 30,000+ employees), Facebook gives people a chance to make a massive impact. I've been at the company for 4+ years and we consistently grow our number of employees far slower that the growth of our users, developers and advertisers. This gives each employee a chance to do something huge for our nearly 1billion users.
    - if you are a "doer" and take accountability for things, there really is no limit to what you can accomplish

    Cons

    - if you love process for the sake of process (i.e. going to meetings), Facebook is not your place. It thrives on results and moving fast, and process that helps the company move fast is reward; process that results in more meetings and redundancies is not
    - people at Facebook have a lot of fun, but it is a relatively serious and extremely driven place; we expect a lot out of our employees so come ready to contribue

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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