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Facebook Reviews in San Francisco, CA

Updated December 20, 2014
Updated December 20, 2014
836 Reviews
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Pros
  • You have occasion to work with super smart people from the industry (in 85 reviews)

  • Amazing office culture and community and the free food doesn't hurt (in 69 reviews)


Cons
  • Another thing that no one will agree with me on is the work-life balance (in 54 reviews)

  • Long hours away from home, due to my own commute situation and long working hours (in 26 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Facetastic!

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

    I have been working at Facebook full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Smart people, pretty close to meritocratic, interesting challenges, high levels of transparency and super flat hierarchies considering the size of the company.

    Cons

    Due to emphasis on promoting managers from individual contributors some managers are not great at people management. Because of the limited top-down management sometimes you end up in tech debt that might've been avoided. Facebook is not really set up for employees with families, although they are getting better. Someone is always smarter than you...

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Experience.

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

    I worked at Facebook as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    There are lots of interesting projects for interns, including building the tool for fraud transactions management.

    Cons

    The campus is not big. There aren't many choices for food. But I really enjoyed my time.

    Recommends
  3.  

    Great culture and awesome teammates

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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 full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The leadership thinks in very innovative and novel ways. Teammates are very highly qualified. It is not just a place for the uber-geeks, people with all proficiencies and skill sets work coherently to achieve the Facebook mission.

    Cons

    Too many benefits. Sometimes seems like the unique evaluation system based on "impact" is too subjective.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Perfect

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

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

    Pros

    - great people, great benefits, great opportunities

    Cons

    - work hard/play hard is a great 'equation' to live by; at Facebook sometimes you'll end up just working hard (there is just way too much work!). You'll catch up on partying too...but be prepared to give your 150%!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Work and learn from really smart people

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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 full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    - Great people
    - Free food
    - Amazing culture that focuses on impact
    - Lots of work
    - As much responsibility as you want

    Cons

    - Lots of work
    - Takes time to learn how to work at Facebook
    - Your career is in your hands

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Intern

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    Former Employee - UI Engineering in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - UI Engineering in Menlo Park, CA

    I worked at Facebook as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Leadership is great. Perks are amazing

    Cons

    It's a competitive environment, but you get to learn a lot.

    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Presently surprised

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    Current Employee - Business Operations Manager in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Business Operations Manager in Menlo Park, CA

    I have been working at Facebook full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    This is my fifth job and when I started it I expected it to have a lot of the politics a company this size typically has. I must say I have been pleasantly surprised to see how everyone employed here has been living the company values. There is a lot of focus on moving fast, making mistakes and correcting upon your mistakes. People and processes are very open that makes decision making super fast. There is little to no room for people who want to do things in the dark. You can feel the proximity to Zuck's decisions.

    Cons

    If you are looking for cubical or office type privacy this place is not for you. If you like to keep your personal and professional life, that doesn't happen much here. Expectation is that if you are here, you are here to do things in your life that you love and there is no keeping that separate from your personal life.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not been here long enough to provide meaningful advice.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Place to Work

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    Current Employee - Platform Manager in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Platform Manager in Menlo Park, CA

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

    Pros

    Driven Culture, very few politics, lots of perks, Facebook tries to maintain the start up culter and allow massive amounts of freedom to shape your own job and your own work. The review system can be the best getting honest peer review feedback that makes your work better.

    Cons

    sometimes too demanding, no life half of work life balance. Its a driven and competitive culture the person sitting next to you doing 12 hours days and weekends will get ahead faster. The bar is high the demands are high and there are no rewards for failure. Doing the same thing this year that you did last year is considered failure. Its not a good place for folks with lives and kids out side of work. The review system can be the worst with nepotistic back scratching in an echo chamber.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out how to maintain the culture and preserve and nurture families at the same time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    One of the best learning experiences a software engineer can hope for

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

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

    Pros

    huge scale challenges, compensation, brilliant coworkers, perks and benefits, high degree of freedom to do what you like

    Cons

    promotion process unclear, becoming political, no real freedom of speech, not so great work/life balance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    change the performance review process, it hurts motivation and it generates high false negatives.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Stunning, fast pace, rewarding!

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    Current Employee - Production Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Production Engineer in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Environment provides amazing learning experiences and professional growth; good benefits and compensation; high quality training and mentorship.

    Cons

    The promoted culture and company values are not always followed, having negative impact on performance reviews and promotions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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