Facebook Reviews

Updated March 24, 2015
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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    Awesome company on a mission to connect the world

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Finance Manager in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Finance Manager in Menlo Park, CA

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

    Pros

    Competitive compensation package (base salary, bonus, equity)
    Great benefits (free food)
    Open culture (weekly Q&As with Zuck and other executives)
    Helping build a product that people regularly use
    Great experience to build your resume
    4 month paternity/maternity leave fully paid

    Cons

    No slacking off allowed! Teams run lean and move fast.
    Despite how young the company is overall, there still seems to be an age bias for older, more experienced employees, rather than more impactful employees, regarding recognition and promotions. At least in Finance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Despite how young the company is overall, there still seems to be an age bias for older, more experienced employees, rather than more impactful employees, regarding recognition and promotions. Seems to be contrary to our value of focusing on impact.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Amaze-balls

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 a year)

    Pros

    amazing infrastructure, great people, rocking campus

    Cons

    crazy atmosphere, crowded desks, too much candy

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful

    Great Company. Lots of opportunity to grow as a developer.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Software Engineer in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Intern - Software Engineer in Menlo Park, CA

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

    Pros

    The perks at Facebook are unmatched in Silicon Valley. They offer free laundry service, and possibly the highest quality free food on the planet.

    Cons

    Very demanding in environment, with a poor work life balance. There is an expectation to put in as many hours as necessary and can be very stressful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management is very hands off and will let their engineers drive the direction of the company. This style is enjoyable and times, but I feel they would benefit from occasionally taking a more active role in their employees work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. Best culture, top compensation, amazing talent

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Menlo Park, CA

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

    Pros

    Well paid
    Working with talented people
    The culture - it is unbelievable - hacker culture

    Cons

    Working hard, long hours... if you like what you do - it is fun. Otherwise - not so much!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leadership could use some training!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Really does move fast, and you have to keep up.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer IV in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer IV in Menlo Park, CA

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

    Pros

    You can make almost any change you really want to the most popular apps on the planet. How much you do is really a function of how much you're capable of and how much you can back up your decisions.

    Cons

    Guidance is slight, and you have to convince people to ship things after you've already built them, not before. It's a difficult thing to get used to.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    It's a privilege everyday

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Client Partner in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Client Partner in Menlo Park, CA

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

    Pros

    Zuck is a legend in his own time, his Friday Q&A's are can't miss and it is awesome to hear him handle the tough unexpected questions.
    Perks are world class
    Leadership listens to challenges that employees are facing and for the most part makes changes to correct.
    It is a fun culture and we have some pretty legendary parties
    It is stunning how transparent leadership is with the whole company.

    Cons

    The commute to Menlo Park
    Occasional Politics

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep facing the tough challenges head on
    Open a San Francisco office, this will eventually be a weakness because all younger companies are located in city.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    Great company with awesome management & engineering

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in Menlo Park, CA

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

    Pros

    - Open culture: problems get discussed openly and fixed, not just being gossiped in the background
    - Great infrastructure, engineering talents: jobs get easier & more satisfying, you can grow faster than ever before & learn tons of new things on daily basis

    Cons

    - You often have to do crazy amount of work in a very short time
    - Not a startup anymore: You can't get super rich while waiting for some IPO. The stock value still grows, but already quite expensive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing awesome work, provide more and more opportunities for the employee to grow and learn new things

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful

    Spectacular engineering talent, but a pretty isolated environment.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Front End Engineer in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Intern - Front End Engineer in Menlo Park, CA

    I worked at Facebook as an intern

    Pros

    The environment is really fast-paced, with a lot of freedom. As Facebook grows, there's more and more of a spectrum of different types of work environments and managerial relationships--all the way from entirely hands off, to much more hand holding if you need it.

    Speaking as a UI engineering: You'll learn more here than pretty much anywhere else. When it comes to UI tech specifically, Facebook seems much more willing to work from first principles and carefully try new concepts at scale than other places.

    Cons

    Major Silicon Valley companies are frequently a bit isolated--and to some extent that's what makes them good at what they do, by helping them ignore the ways things have been done. In Facebook's case, I found the office environment very isolated from the rest of the area. There's walls all around the campus, and it's across a freeway from the rest of the Menlo Park area, so it takes planning if you want to interact with non-Facebook employees in a typical workday. Being so isolated doesn't seem advantageous as a situation for a company that's trying to make the world more open and connected.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find more ways to engage the surrounding georgraphic community with the Facebook community, embrace remote work tech and habits, and encourage workers to get off campus more and wander a bit and talk to people.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 9 people found this helpful

    Feels much more like big company than they'd lead you to believe in the interview process.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Operations in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Operations in Menlo Park, CA

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

    Pros

    Very smart co-workers, fast-paced atmosphere, great networking (strong ex-employee groups after you leave), constantly changing and evolving. Mark is a strong product leader. Ability to leverage the experience for more fulfilling opportunities after you leave.

    Cons

    Very difficult work environment - extremely political, it combines many of the worst elements of a startup (uncertainty, lack of structure, cult-like worship of leaders) and a big company (hierarchical, hard to advance, lack of trust and needless internal competition). Large amounts of nepotism around promotions. A general culture of fear - middle management is terrified of senior management. While very smart, your colleagues will also be extremely arrogant and willing to do anything to get noticed/promoted. In general, this is not a place to go to make friends or feel like you're working together as part of a team.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful

    Big but cool place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menlo Park, CA

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

    Pros

    Facebook was a cool place to work, but the company is a behemoth now. The perks are great and there are some really incredible people and projects at Facebook.

    Cons

    Work / life balance is a bit off here especially if you live in the city. The perks are great but the expectation is to stay at the office for ridiculous hours. Also, as the company has grown so have the politics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fix some of the culture and politics, but overall doing a good job

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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