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Facebook Reviews in San Francisco, CA

Updated Jul 20, 2014
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4.6 296 reviews

91% Approve of the CEO

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg

(280 ratings)

96% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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  • 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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    3 people found this helpful  

    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  

    Drink the koolaid

    Software Engineer (Current Employee) Menlo Park, CA

    ProsFacebook is definitely a great place to work. If you're young (or not) and energetic, you can still do big things here. As an engineer, you still have a lot of control over the direction of your product, at least on the teams I've experienced. I think management is pretty good here as well, and you definitely work with really great engineers. The pay is great, the benefits are awesome, you are largely treated well, but this is a company you can definitely bite into too hard and overwork yourself. The place is still a lot more open internally than other corporate machines, less so since going public. Also, you get the sense that Mark has a vision, and really wants to execute on that. Time will tell if the spur of acquisitions lately are worth it, but he definitely has the balls to act on where he thinks the product is moving.

    ConsI think it says a lot that I can't think of a lot of cons. AND I'm planning to leave the company this year.

    -There are a lot of egos here. Definitely not representative of everyone, but some people slip through the cracks and it can be a drain working with them.
    -The company is starting to feel really big. It's getting harder and harder to do anything very different as you have to convince more and more people that this is a good idea.
    -If you're living in SF, then the location is pretty inconvenient. That and you'll just shove all your free FB swag in a drawer and never look at it again with all the tech protests lately. You can stand out on your team and do a great job at FB, or have a life outside of work. Choose one. I chose the former for too long, and now need to reprioritize.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI have been very happy with management at Facebook. Managers have always tried to grow me, my expectations are clear, my efforts are greatly rewarded, and they try to align me with projects where I will shine. I think the important thing, as we grow, is to hold onto some of the old Facebook. "Move Fast, Break Things" well try not to break stuff, but it would be good to keep the cadence up on engineering and the processes that have crept in over the years to a minimum.

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

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    The best place to start!

    Software Engineer (Current Employee) Menlo Park, CA

    ProsRare engineer-driven culture. Many holidays and PTOs. Easy to switch to new team. So many training opportunities.

    ConsYou can have to watch your own personal career path closely. FB managers are young people and not all of them are good at grow people. Some of the managers are great but you need to work on your part hardly.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEverything is great. It is a big company now and will become greater and greater. Zuck is the best CEO.

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

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    Still a great place to work

    Software Engineer (Current Employee) Menlo Park, CA

    ProsEven after 4.5 years, the work is inspiring and the new challenges are exciting. Still the smartest employees in the business with a broad view of the world, which allows the company to serve many different cultures.

    ConsMiss the small company atmosphere of knowing everyone and getting down and dirty on multiple projects at once.

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

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    Huge impact, fun work and lots of autonomy

    Product Manager (Current Employee) Menlo Park, CA

    ProsFacebook combines the best aspects of working at a large public company (lots of resources and lots of institutional knowledge) and a hot startup (lots of super smart people and tons of autonomy). Going to work is a ton of fun. I look forward to tackling new problems each day.

    ConsThe work schedule is pretty intense. Nice thing is that everyone works really hard here. So you don't feel like you're in it on your own. But you definitely have to work pretty hard here.

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

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    Great Perks and Great Pay

    Technical Project Manager (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsWorking Conditions are great, the perks are also very good.

    ConsNo cons, this company was great to work with.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNo issues with upper mangement.

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

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    Facebook is a great place to work!

    User Operations Specialist (Former Employee) Menlo Park, CA

    ProsInnovative, hard-working, fast paced, friendly, fun, challenging work environment

    ConsDepending on department, there are a lot of cliques. Being close friends with employees in the company is definitely a huge plus to advance in the company.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRemain subjective. Put aside friendships when evaluating people.

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

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    great place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Menlo Park, CA

    ProsNo limits to what you can touch and achieve. Your surrounded by smart people.

    ConsVery fast paced, have to hustle to do well.

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

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    Fantastic place to work

    Consultant (Current Employee) Menlo Park, CA

    ProsIncredibly smart people. Hierarchy agnostic. Ideas bubble up. Best ideas win, but key is to articulate them compellingly. Fantastic benefits.

    ConsAs FB grows, so do interdependencies. Key is to maintain scrappy startup feel while scaling up and ensuring coordination and communication.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKey is to transition to more mature stage.

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

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    product designer

    Product Designer (Former Employee) Menlo Park, CA

    ProsFlexible hours, free food, young energetic super talented people, fast moving/fast learning environment, compatible salary and perks, relatively flat company hierarchy, overall tech-y design-y open company culture

    Consoffice is too cold, with free food everywhere, great sweet shop, it's really really easy to gain weight

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

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