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Facebook Reviews in San Francisco, CA

Updated August 18, 2014
Updated August 18, 2014
728 Reviews

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Pros
  • The best thing about this place is that you have so many smart people around you (in 70 reviews)

  • Free food, young and lively coworkers, downtown location (in 53 reviews)


Cons
  • Not the most understanding environment when it comes to work/life balance (in 42 reviews)

  • Long Hours and some times you cant balance work and your personal life (in 24 reviews)

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  1. 3 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

    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
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    high expectations, low salaries

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

    Pros

    -food
    -technological exposure
    -a lot of well prepared people

    Cons

    -salaries are ridiculously low
    -high expectations not well compensated
    -wealthy management doesn't seems to care about lower levels (IC-3s, IC-4s)
    -internal propaganda sometimes a bit annoying

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase salaries, as seeing CEO giving away billions while struggling to live does not improve productivity or moral.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 3 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

    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
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  5. 5 people found this helpful  

    Mediocre managers at best

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    Current Employee - Software Engineering Intern  in  Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Menlo Park, CA

    Pros

    There are a lot of smart people at Facebook. My colleagues are smart and nice. Even after I left Facebook, I kept my connections with them. With their help, I am able to land a job at a promising job at a top startup.

    Cons

    My manager knew very little about computer science and the basic principles about software engineering. I feel sorry for him when he mentioned the peer pressure at FB, and showed me "good" examples of code. I do not bother to work with him again.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When you hire managers from outside the company, you need to be careful about their technical skills. Hire more smart new graduates, instead of some mediocre managers from some other companies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Used to be a great company

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

    Pros

    - Smart individual contributors
    - The managers who grew organically with the company are pretty good too.
    - Awesome product and impacting 1 billion people.
    - culture used to be good, but deteriorating. have to be careful

    Cons

    - I have noticed we are hiring more and more managers from outside which is bad for morale. In analytics, hiring leaders from outside is a top priority.
    - Many of these newly hired managers are not in sync with our culture. Even if that was not the case, it's still bad for morale.
    - Life work balance is too much skewed towards work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't hire outside managers. Promote from within. I'm giving Mark an "approve" below. He's awesome but he should tell the M-team not to hire outside managers whenever possible.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 5 people found this helpful  

    Data Science

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

    Pros

    Smart people, especially many with PhDs and other forms of strong academic performance.

    Cons

    Product Managers treat analytics as ad hoc data pullers. Data and development environment actively hinders cross analyst information and expertise sharing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clarify job roles differences between data science, analytics and business intelligence. Incorporate standardization and peer review principles of software engineering into analytics workflows.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 9 people found this helpful  

    Smart, boring people and no balance.

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

    Pros

    The people are smart, and the scaling challenges are great. Where else does your code impact a billion people? The compensation is amazing.

    Senior management are generally amazing people, smart, visionary and compassionate.

    Cons

    The focus on measuring means anything that can't be measured is ignored. It's easy to measure someone's ability to code on a whiteboard. As a result, the coders are much better than nearly everywhere I've worked, but that's it. Social skills and personality can't be measured. As a result there is no one here you would ever be friends. The internal surveys bear this point that people don't have friends at work. Similarly for managers, they are selected strictly for their technical ability. Again, they have zero compassion. In my time being here, I've never once felt like anyone cared if I was here or not. Not once has anything positive ever been said. It's really astounding.

    Recruiting does an amazing job at making candidates feel wanted. That feeling disappears the moment you sign. After that, you have no manager or anyone who will care. You'll go into bootcamp where you'll have a "mentor". His role is to continue to do his job while counting the number of lines in your diffs to make sure you can make progress with no assistance.

    After bootcamp, you'll have a manager who operates in the same mode. They are interested in the technology and not the people. To them, you are a resource to be maximized. They will tell you everything you need to do to improve, but never once say "good job". In boot camp, I kept meeting these amazing, visionary dynamic managers. I know realize they were the exception. Those people made me love Facebook during bootcamp, but that feeling wore off quickly once I interacted with the average line level manager.

    Plus, beware of the reviews here. Recruiting will tell you point blank that they curate these reviews. The reason FB has the highest rating is because someone internally has a goal to achieve certain star ratings on this site.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start selecting people for human relationship skills and focus less on pure technical ability.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 7 people found this helpful  

    The worst management experience of my career.

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

    Pros

    More food then you could ever imagine, shuttle service, bike shop, events and more perks, and more perks and more perks.
    Lots of smart people and the ability to work from home on occasion.

    Cons

    Communication across teams and even within teams, career growth, salaries are so low in comparisons to the market value of the employees skills, privacy, and worst of all inexperienced management. The lack of compassion in this company is unbelievable, and the lack of mentorship is surprising.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire some adults! Learn to invest in your current employees career growth.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 7 people found this helpful  

    Salary is so low that you need to bring food home

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

    Pros

    you have a big name on your CV

    Cons

    you will need to bring food and snacks home from the office if you want to survive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's degrading have to systematically "steal" food from the office, please pay us more, salary is just average, promotions are non existent after a couple of years.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    nice campus, bad salaries, lot of pressure

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

    Pros

    -nice working environment
    -a lot of food

    Cons

    -low salary, you will starve if you are a single income family
    -salary + benefits does not compensate the huge effort you will make on a job here
    -lot of pressure to deliver or pretend to deliver something with impact

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Company could definitely afford to pay above the average, instead is keeping people "hungry" with the excuse of free food and having FB name on CV.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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