Facebook - Simply amazing | Glassdoor
Pros
  • "Great work-life balance (this depends on teams)" (in 104 reviews)

  • "Amazing benefits for Full Time Employees including free food, stipends for gym memberships & free dry cleaning" (in 273 reviews)

Cons
  • "Work/Life balance can be hard to achieve" (in 299 reviews)

  • "Move fast culture can sometimes mean no incentives to clean up tech debt" (in 70 reviews)

Employee Review

Employee Review

Helpful (15)

"Simply amazing"

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  • 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
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

Every morning when I go in, I feel like the luckiest guy on earth for ever landing a job here.

Projects: Every team is understaffed, so there is a ton of incredibly important work to do everywhere. Because of this, you can work on high-impact (and potentially high-visibilty) projects from Day 1.

Autonomy: I've always felt extremely trusted in both my technical competency and prioritization skills. Management is (generally) helpful when I want help, but mostly I've been able to do my own thing and work on whatever project feels most important to the company and/or interesting to me.

People: Everyone is really smart, and most people are really friendly, funny, and generally awesome to hang out with.

Food: Amazing. Healthy options are phenomenal, as are the unhealthy ones.

Gym: The staff is incredible.

So much more!

Cons

- Stress: The company likes to run slim. As mentioned in the pros above, this means you're always working on impactful projects, but it also means your team is understaffed and you may have to work some nights and weekends to get stuff done (though definitely not as bad as the previous strartup I worked for). The more teams you work with, the worse this can get, since some people love to load up on meetings during the day.

Egos: There are some people who are really full of themselves and difficult to work with. This happens anywhere I've been, but there's a special brand of self-importance among some folks here. Fortunately, I've never had to work too closely with these people, but they make their presence known.

Advice to Management

Zuck: Keep doing what you're doing. You articulate a great vision for the company and always seem very "real" at Q&As.

Lower management: Live true to the company goals. Unblock your reports, play to their strengths, and help them grow. Instead of requesting "more leadership" from ICs, say what that means and provide coaching.

Other Employee Reviews

Other Employee Reviews

  1. Helpful (11)

    "Facebook is THE place to work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Community Operations Contractor in Austin, TX
    Current Contractor - Community Operations Contractor in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Fully stocked kitchen with 3 catered meals a day and unlimited snacks/drinks, Relaxed, open office environment, ping pong, fun and collaborative teams, work hard play hard attitude, couches, etc.

    Cons

    Difficult to move from contract to contract or contract to full-time/permanent position. Can seem cutthroat at times in office.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Great People, Great Mission, Feeling a bit big at the moment."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Quantitative Researcher in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Quantitative Researcher in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great culture, lots of learning opportunities, good people, good mission.

    Cons

    Often tone-deaf to real-world (non-SV) problems; undergoing significant growing pains; lots of outside hires for upper management positions; increasing eng/non-eng/sales splits

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