Facebook Reviews in San Francisco, CA

Updated September 20, 2014
Updated September 20, 2014
751 Reviews
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Pros
  • 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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  1.  

    slow career and bad management

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    Current Employee - Software Engineering  in  Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineering in Menlo Park, CA

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

    Pros

    The office environment is good in general, also having a big name on your resume may be good for the future.
    Most of the colleagues are very prepared technically.

    Cons

    As company grows they are trying to cut costs, objectives are unrealistically set, bonuses and promotions are considerably lower.
    If you work here on visa, pay increases and promotions are slowed down even more.
    Mid management gets packed with responsibilities, the individual contribution is no longer relevant, the general philosophy seems to be "it's normal for people to leave the company" and that happens regularly after every performance cycle or stock vesting time.
    To counterbalance this, company seems to brainwash employees with slogans, posters are everywhere around the office to make "the culture", many company employees believe and talk with slogans.
    Life/work balance is simply set to "no life".
    I've seen managers complain if someone takes more than one week off in a row, or making jokes about family duties the first day someone returns from parental leave.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    managers promoted from engineering are not always able to deal with people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    An amazing time

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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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Great reach
    - Great people
    - Great resources
    - Great projects
    - Great perks & compensation

    The fast-paced movement really aligns well with me.

    Cons

    Your life inside and outside of work will likely become blended. This may be okay. Many people at the company have become my friends.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Interesting work, ample learing opportunities, smart people, great perks, excellent compensation, fun environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menlo Park, CA

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

    Pros

    The biggest problem with working for Facebook is showing up to work every day (well, not every day since the work-from-home policy is pretty liberal) and thinking, "Man, this must be a bubble. I mean, there's a bouncy house, 10 scotch bars, and they're roasting a pig in Hacker Square."

    But, if you can stand that, the rest is great.

    Cons

    Gotta be REALLY careful with data. Despite what you see on Facebook, there is nothing that Facebook is more concerned about than protecting its users' data. People "disappear" from time to time, and the reason is usually that someone *&(^ed up and did something with data that they shouldn't have, whether accidentally or intentionally.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Careful with the B-School BS. Let's keep it a no-nonsense, engineering-focused company. Stop using the (non)word, "learnings." Squash any hint of bureaucracy.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Amenities amazing, but you'll work really hard

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant  in  Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Menlo Park, CA

    I worked at Facebook full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Wonderful amenities - the food is just outstanding. Everything is home-made and natural or organic. Wide variety with lots of restaurants, and it's all FREE.
    Beautiful campus, bicycles are available for either going from building to building or going for a ride in the afternoon
    Lots of places to relax or lie down if you need a break
    GREAT coffee and a Philz coffee on campus
    Sweet Stop shop if you need a sugar lift in the PM
    Fantastic help desk for IT issues. Anything you need to do your job is given to you. Laptops and phones are top-of-the-line.
    Something is always happening on campus, whether it's a vendor, a celebrity visitor, or Mark Z making an appearance.

    Cons

    Work is always abundant and there is a chaotic atmosphere
    The feel is always "do it right now"
    People are under a lot of pressure to get things done
    Atmosphere can be impersonal because you're so "hooked in" to everyone else electronically, that you can work from home very easily

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great place to work, keep it up!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Really enjoy working here

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menlo Park, CA

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

    Pros

    Great place to work--great people, interesting work, great perks, lots of opportunity to take on more responsibility.

    Cons

    Can't really complain about anything

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Simply the most amazing place to work at

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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 for less than a year

    Pros

    Talented people everywhere, lots of perks.

    Cons

    Hard to manage the work/life balance, hard to keep pace with everything happening since the company is getting larger and larger

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Startup-up culture still evident, but hitting growing pains

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    Current Employee - Product Analyst  in  Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Product Analyst in Menlo Park, CA

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

    Pros

    Fast paced, high impact, lots of freedom to pursue directions you find interesting, awesome data set, the ability to have an idea and see it implemented and affecting real people in weeks or months instead of years

    Cons

    Work/life balance not great, overarching "connect the world" goal pretty consistent and clear, but specific direction is often lacking and/or inconsistent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too much stress on things that are really just minutiae

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    Astounding autonomy given to each employee. A very strong culture and work ethic.

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    Current Employee - Data Scientist  in  Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Data Scientist in Menlo Park, CA

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

    Pros

    Not only is everyone incredibly sharp and very good at their jobs, but also, almost without exception, everyone is a pleasure to work and associate with. I'm given an incredible work/life balance. I feel like working on my team is like working with a close group of friends.

    Cons

    Career paths not very well defined. My interactions with the executive team have been incredibly positive and inspiring. Unfortunately, I've met many director/VPs who tend to be bro-ish and/or cocky.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less hubris. This applies mostly to director/VP level, many of whom are becoming a little too self-important.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great place to work...very hard... but this teenager of a company is still trying to figure out its HR policies.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menlo Park, CA

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

    Pros

    The "Move Fast" reputation Facebook is known for is truly how it is inside the company. This makes getting the job done a much less painful experience. Truly an "ask for forgiveness" environment (no need to ask for permission). If there was no downside (which there is), I would give this company a rating of 5 stars hands down.

    Cons

    Facebook is still in its teenage years of development. While many HR processes & policies are mature (the hiring process is best I've seen), fraternization is overlooked (aka sex between coworkers, sometimes even in the office itself) and relationships within chain of command are accepted/overlooked - yet don't dare say "pimp my ride" in an open space as you will get your hands slapped.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You can still have the best culture in the world even when implementing some of the standard HR policies you would expect at any reasonably sized company. Do you really think its OK for relationships be in the chain of command (family, dating, etc)?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    Mediocre managers at best

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    Current Employee - Software Engineering Intern  in  Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Menlo Park, CA

    I have been working at Facebook as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    There 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.

    Cons

    My 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 ManagementAdvice

    When 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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