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Updated January 30, 2015
Updated January 30, 2015
867 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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Strong culture of passion, learning, and engineering excellence

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Strong culture of passion, learning, openness / transparency, direct feedback, and everything is designed around empowering engineers to ship things quickly with a lot of autonomy. Growing everywhere and lots of opportunities for driving projects at whatever level you are able. And the people are wonderful - many of them feel like old friends even though we've worked together only a short time.

    Cons

    I agree with comments that this is not the place for someone who wants to coast. There's a general feeling that people here believe they're doing some of the most important, best work in their career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep working hard to keep the culture great.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    great

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    people who work there are great

    Cons

    nothing there are no cons

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

    Great focus on mission, skimping on some of the fundamentals

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

    I have been working at Facebook full-time (more than a 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
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  5.  

    Dublin is the best Facebook office

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)
    Current Employee - Analyst in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)

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

    Pros

    Freedom
    Awesome people
    Impact
    You get to work with people you would actually hire if you were a startup

    Cons

    MPK - late meetings, no work life balance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My current manager is awesome. Be more open. Move fast.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Amazing

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Client Solutions Manager in Buenos Aires (Argentina)
    Current Employee - Client Solutions Manager in Buenos Aires (Argentina)

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

    Pros

    Facebook has an open communication environment . Besides there is a lot of work to be done on an everyday basis, if you are good at it, you will have a lot of possibilities to develop your career.
    also, perks are pretty good on the job.

    Cons

    The main constraint is bandwidth. Too much work to be done and limited headcount. Facebook is not the biggest company when it comes to headcount. However, everyday we have more work to be done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More training for employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Not as important as Mark says

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    The office, the perks, the food, etc. All top notch. The team is excited and hard working. There are many smart people solving many hard problems.

    Cons

    The product just isn't that exciting. Sure, it's used by a billion people daily, but it's still just Facebook. The company culture prides themselves on the importance of Facebook, but the reality is, the employees are completely out-of-touch from how real people use Facebook.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great culture and awesome teammates

    • 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)

    Pros

    The leadership thinks in very innovative and novel ways. Teammates are very highly qualified. It is not just a place for the uber-geeks, people with all proficiencies and skill sets work coherently to achieve the Facebook mission.

    Cons

    Too many benefits. Sometimes seems like the unique evaluation system based on "impact" is too subjective.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Facebook provides the means to invent the future

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 a 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
  10.  

    Perfect

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

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

    Pros

    - great people, great benefits, great opportunities

    Cons

    - work hard/play hard is a great 'equation' to live by; at Facebook sometimes you'll end up just working hard (there is just way too much work!). You'll catch up on partying too...but be prepared to give your 150%!

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

    Presently surprised

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 a 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

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