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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg

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93% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Extremely cliquey, political, poor culture, lacking in communication and career growth.

    Finance (Former Employee)
    Menlo Park, CA

    ProsAmazing food, great campus and latest technology.

    ConsManagement 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    high expectations, low salaries

    Engineer (Current Employee)
    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 Senior ManagementIncrease salaries, as seeing CEO giving away billions while struggling to live does not improve productivity or moral.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Not all it's cracked up to be

    Software Engineer (Former Employee)
    Menlo Park, CA

    ProsWorking at a world leading company
    Excellent pay

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

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Mediocre managers at best

    Software Engineering Intern (Current Employee)
    Menlo Park, CA

    ProsThere 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.

    ConsMy 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 Senior ManagementWhen 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Used to be a great company

    Analyst (Current Employee)
    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 Senior ManagementDon'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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    4 people found this helpful  

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    Data Scientist (Current Employee)
    Menlo Park, CA

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

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

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Smart, boring people and no balance.

    Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    Menlo Park, CA

    ProsThe 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.

    ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementStart selecting people for human relationship skills and focus less on pure technical ability.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    The worst management experience of my career.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Menlo Park, CA

    ProsMore 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.

    ConsCommunication 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 Senior ManagementHire some adults! Learn to invest in your current employees career growth.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Salary is so low that you need to bring food home

    Engineer (Current Employee)
    Menlo Park, CA

    Prosyou have a big name on your CV

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementIt'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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    nice campus, bad salaries, lot of pressure

    Engineer (Current Employee)
    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 Senior ManagementCompany 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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