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Updated July 28, 2015
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Pros
  • Your surrounded by smart people (in 85 reviews)

  • Free food and frequent offsites (in 69 reviews)

Cons
  • There is no work/life balance at Facebook (in 54 reviews)

  • No work/life balance; long hours; must work a lot just to stay afloat; difficult for those with families and/or small children (in 26 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Facebook is a decent place to start out, but it's not what it used to be

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer IV in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer IV in Menlo Park, CA

    I have been working at Facebook (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You can work with some smart people on challenging problems. You can learn from the existing infrastructure.

    Cons

    Not as much room for growth anymore. Bad work/life balance. Waining company culture being replaced by Microsoft suits. RSU grants are at the whim HR, so you really have to fight for a good offer otherwise you'll regret it.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your veterans better by higher raises and equity. It makes no sense to stick around Facebook for longer than 2 years. 3 years is really pushing the boundary of rationality.


  2. Amazing learning opportunities

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Data Scientist in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Data Scientist in Menlo Park, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Learning opportunities are really unparalleled. There are so many different 'camps', classes, and informal learning opportunities at the company. If you have an interest in a topic, most likely someone else is equally interested in teaching you about it. - Many of the little things are taken care of for you: food, laundry, shuttle, gym, etc. It does add up, from both a money and time perspective. - Managers care! I've had better and worse managers, but one unifying theme is that they all have good intentions, which I can't say for every manager I've had in my short career.

    Cons

    - Salary growth can be somewhat linear...and the y-axis (what you start off at), has more weight than it should for a young company. - Easy for performance to all clump together at the above expectations rating, which really makes it difficult to stand out.

    Advice to Management

    Work more aggressively to reward hard work with proper reviews and compensation.


  3. Great culture and benefits for a big company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - SWE in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Intern - SWE in Menlo Park, CA

    I have been working at Facebook as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Amazing food Good salary Great benefits and employee discounts Inspiring co-workers Good culture* *see cons

    Cons

    HR can be very opaque Culture does not scale at 10k+ employees You can sometimes feel like a cog in the machine


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Contractor

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Culinary Recruiter and Human Resources Assistant in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Culinary Recruiter and Human Resources Assistant in Fremont, CA

    I have been working at Facebook (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    free food, gym, culture, people, work flexibility

    Cons

    noisy, contractors treated differently, lots of changes


  6. Helpful (1)

    Project/Program Manager

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menlo Park, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Facebook offers competitive pay, fantastic benefits, a comfortable dress code, etc. but you all already know that. Those reasons alone make it an attractive place to work (though that luster does wear off). You have great IT services and productivity tools that make the day-to-day of getting work done easy.

    Cons

    - Management at the manager level is full of many inexperienced managers who are looking to try their hand at management. I don't think it's working that well. They don't back up their direct reports and are afraid to make any sort of decision. - Decision making by groups...while in theory is nice and probably worked a few thousand employees ago makes things slow down now. Empower your people and embrace accountability and responsibility. - Politics are king, if you can navigate them well, you'll do well on certain teams as it is rampant. Favorites are played and it's more about what you say you're doing then what you actually are doing. - Plan but don't execute - executing is for low level people, senior folks plan strategically with a holistic view and full context....yeah all that garbage talk is for real though. Seriously, depends on the team and role, but getting "stuff" done could be seen in a bad light.

    Advice to Management

    - Managers and IC's need to be empowered to make decisions and to know they have leadership's support. - Maybe take a look at hiring experienced managers from other companies instead of promoting the volunteer. - Remember that executing is more important then a roadmap.


  7. Facebook Main Campus

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Client Engineer in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Client Engineer in Menlo Park, CA

    I have been working at Facebook

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    campus perks; food, gym, etc. hardware resources.

    Cons

    bi annual self & colleague reviews


  8. Helpful (1)

    Best place to work at

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Front End Engineer in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Front End Engineer in Menlo Park, CA

    I have been working at Facebook

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    1) Co-workers are all crazy talented and top of the industry 2) Working on some really technically interesting and challenging problems 3) Anything you do affect up to a billion people!

    Cons

    The location of the office is the biggest drawback, it's in the middle of nowhere with no good housing nearby

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing, it's awesome working at Facebook!


  9. Helpful (4)

    Great freedom

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - great learning opportunities - high degree of freedom - strong sense of ownership

    Cons

    - some managers aren't really manager material, but just did a lateral switch for the wrong reasons - despite having some truly exceptional people, there are a number of new hires that are sub-par - work life balance varies immensely across teams, from very relaxed (10-6, mon-fri), to very ridiculous (12h+, 6+days a week)...

    Advice to Management

    Continue passing down the ideals strongly across the hierarchy!


  10. Helpful (3)

    Software Engineer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    No Pros for the people join in after ipo.

    Cons

    No work life balance, culture is so bad. It almost squeezed you all your time and give you a great pressure.

    Advice to Management

    Need to change the culture to be more friendly to the engineer.


  11. Intense but impactful

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Production Engineering Intern in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Intern - Production Engineering Intern in Menlo Park, CA

    I have been working at Facebook as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I have full ownership of my project and make virtually all design decisions. Code review is fast, effective, and helpful. Easy to work on high impact projects - lots of drudgery has been automated away. Coworkers are competent and enjoy sharing their knowledge. Tons of free stuff all the time - food, clothes, housing, events. IT is frictionless, it's easy to get high quality hardware quickly, even out of vending machines. Very open about almost all aspects of the company. Management stays out of the way and is focused on helping you work well.

    Cons

    Work/life balance is insane, I and many other interns often work 10+ hours a day and weekends. Pressure is very high. Open office floor plan can be loud and stressful. Feels like it hurts more than it helps.

    Advice to Management

    Work/life balance is difficult to deal with for a lot of people. Science is against open office plans - more personal spaces would be great for introverted people in the company.



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