Facebook Reviews

Updated March 24, 2015
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  1. 9 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
  2. 21 people found this helpful

    A Management Nightmare

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    Former Employee - Manager in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in Menlo Park, CA

    I worked at Facebook full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Looks great on your resume. Lots of perks (if that's what moves you). Interesting story to tell your friends.

    Cons

    If you're a manager, this place will drive you nuts. Employees are snarky, entitled, and disrespectful brats. They have no concept of critical thinking or any desire to do real work.

    Unlimited sick days in the hands of overpaid children is impossible to manage, my team would somehow always manage to catch a "cold" on Fridays and Mondays. (Interesting that they would Tweet and post about their weekend party binges though.)

    While Facebook does a great job recruiting Ivy League talent, I was underwhelmed by the level of intelligence of "Facebookers." They are so busy congratulating themselves on being "awesome" that they never stop to consider they didn't have any real world work experience to back that assertion up. It's really hard to manage and lead people who "know it all."

    Kitchy inspirational posters everywhere you look. "Be Bold!" "Dare Greatly!" Yet, I didn't see any substantive work or product coming out of anyone, which makes sense since Facebook really is just a glorified website - users are the product.

    Communication is an absolute nightmare. You are forced to "friend" everyone you work with and join an incessant amount of internal group pages where you had to filter through all the BS people would post (memes, YouTube videos, snarky hipster comments…clearly these people didn't have enough work to do) to get to any relevant work related information you needed to know for your job. I actually thought I was going to get dumber working there.

    Meetings - the sheer volume was mind bending. None of them critical to doing actual work, more self congratulating on unearned awesomeness. Being social at Facebook was far more important than doing anything meaningful while you were there.

    Anyone serious about doing meaningful work need not apply. You'll make it a few months and then quit out of frustration.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grow up!!! You're not in Zuck's dorm room anymore.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful

    Do not join the recruiting team, the rest of company is pretty good.

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    Former Employee - Recruiter in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Recruiter in Menlo Park, CA

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

    Pros

    There are tons of perks but after 3yrs it doesn't matter if you are not happy with the team, job or the way you are treated.

    Cons

    I have many but I'll keep this short. I'd say the biggest problem is the recruiting managment and also the lack of growth opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wow, so much to say here. Again to keep it short and sweet, I'd say stop treating people like they are work horses and move away from the belief that the more you beat them down the more you think you'll get out them.

    On a side note, this is only for the recruiting team. The rest of Facebook's teams actually seemed pretty great with the exception of a few.

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

    slow career and bad management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineering in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineering in Menlo Park, CA

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

    Pros

    The office environment is good in general, also having a big name on your resume may be good for the future.
    Most of the colleagues are very prepared technically.

    Cons

    As company grows they are trying to cut costs, objectives are unrealistically set, bonuses and promotions are considerably lower.
    If you work here on visa, pay increases and promotions are slowed down even more.
    Mid management gets packed with responsibilities, the individual contribution is no longer relevant, the general philosophy seems to be "it's normal for people to leave the company" and that happens regularly after every performance cycle or stock vesting time.
    To counterbalance this, company seems to brainwash employees with slogans, posters are everywhere around the office to make "the culture", many company employees believe and talk with slogans.
    Life/work balance is simply set to "no life".
    I've seen managers complain if someone takes more than one week off in a row, or making jokes about family duties the first day someone returns from parental leave.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    managers promoted from engineering are not always able to deal with people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 8 people found this helpful

    Extremely cliquey, political, poor culture, lacking in communication and career growth.

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    Former Employee - Finance in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Finance in Menlo Park, CA

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

    Pros

    Amazing food, great campus and latest technology.

    Cons

    Management lacking in leadership and communication. Blamed is passed down to front line employee's. Very poor work life balance. Half the department left due to politics.

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

    Not all it's cracked up to be

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

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

    Pros

    Working at a world leading company
    Excellent pay

    Cons

    Grueling hours
    Rude management
    Angry colleagues who are disillusioned with the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to work this out otherwise more stories like this are going to leak out and then there will be trouble

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

    Intimidation, arrogance, widespread alcoholism, and more..

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

    I worked at Facebook as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Free transportation, free booze everywhere (cool if you're an alcoholic..), free food, and lots of other perks.

    Cons

    They don't give a crap about the well being of their employees. 60% or more of all employees are contractors, and they make you abundantly aware how temporary you are and push everyone to work long hours to beat ridiculous timelines for contracts and goal s that are constantly changing. And they flagrantly promote alcoholism with a bar every 20 ft on every floor. It's like working at a college fraternity. It's disgusting..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up and realize that promoting 50-60+ hour weeks constantly, replacing contractors like toilet paper, and promoting drinking to cope with the stress company wide isn't a healthy strategy for long term employees and their health..

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 9 people found this helpful

    Feels much more like big company than they'd lead you to believe in the interview process.

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    Former Employee - Operations in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Operations in Menlo Park, CA

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

    Pros

    Very smart co-workers, fast-paced atmosphere, great networking (strong ex-employee groups after you leave), constantly changing and evolving. Mark is a strong product leader. Ability to leverage the experience for more fulfilling opportunities after you leave.

    Cons

    Very difficult work environment - extremely political, it combines many of the worst elements of a startup (uncertainty, lack of structure, cult-like worship of leaders) and a big company (hierarchical, hard to advance, lack of trust and needless internal competition). Large amounts of nepotism around promotions. A general culture of fear - middle management is terrified of senior management. While very smart, your colleagues will also be extremely arrogant and willing to do anything to get noticed/promoted. In general, this is not a place to go to make friends or feel like you're working together as part of a team.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 7 people found this helpful

    It was fair - lots of opportunities to learn - few opportunities to work on interesting projects

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    Former Employee - Product Manager in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Menlo Park, CA

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

    Pros

    High compensation, generous time-off. Good food. (the hamburger place is always tasty). The propaganda is usually enticing and the sweet shop keeps you fat.

    Cons

    Company culture is broken. Office leadership is broken. Work is not challenging or interesting.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Before hiring new employees, please be honest with them about what working at Facebook is truly like and what the projects they will work on are in reality. Don't lie and use your company brand collateral to rope in smart and motivated people to only then suck their souls out of their bodies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 9 people found this helpful

    Immature company

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    Former Contractor - Expense Analyst in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Contractor - Expense Analyst in Menlo Park, CA

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

    Pros

    Casual environment, healthy snacks provided, fun campus, pay is great

    Cons

    Many of the employees are arrogant, which seems to be encouraged by management. There are a complete lack of processes and an attitude of being too cutting edge to create them. They treat contractors like second class citizens. There is definitely a culture of us and them, also people are more than willing to throw others under the bus to look good. It would be a fun job if you're 22, but if you have worked at a company that is established, the immaturity is apparent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You're still a young company, you're not "too ahead" to set up processes. Need to train employees better, not just sink or swim!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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