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Updated February 27, 2017
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  • Work/Life balance could be better (in 172 reviews)

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  1. "Facebook is an awesome place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Engineers are treated as first class citizens
    Lots of perks
    Good work environment
    Othee employees are friendly and helpful

    Cons

    I work quite a lot
    Work-life balance is not that good (it is not really bad either)


  2. "People Based Company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Recruiter in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Recruiter in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Being part of a company that is helping connect the world, not just people but connecting and growing businesses. You are surrounded by not only some of the most innovative intelligent people, but people that want you to succeed which develops a very supportive environment. Great benefits, growth and career opportunities (globally not just in the US)

    Cons

    Most roles are Full Time (5 days a week) due to the teams being lean. Limited options for those looking for 3/4 day positions.

    Advice to Management

    Teams are lean - You need to be able to Manager and develop your team but also be hands on.


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    "Amazing opportunity to impact the world"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Top talent not just in engineering but across the company in all areas. The culture is very inspiring and motivating and keeps me excited every single day. On top of that I get to work on problems on a scale that is hard to find anywhere else in the world.

    Cons

    Being able to choose the way you have impact on Facebook's mission is very liberating but also imposes a lot of pressure on every single individual. You have to prove every half that you are worth the investment Facebook makes into its people.

    The London office certainly has a smaller selection of teams than California. And knowing that you would make significantly more money across the pond is also awkward.

    Advice to Management

    Be bolder. In the last months we seem to be too scared of rubbing people the wrong way. We shouldn't back down from things we know are the right things to do.


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  5. "Great Culture and great products"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Partner Technical Lead in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Partner Technical Lead in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Compensation, Mission, People, Culture and Product. We can also add awesome offices location and perks.

    Cons

    It can be pretty easy to lose track of reality. Sadly the vast majority of companies don't offer the same environment.


  6. "Incredible company raising the bar when it comes to taking care of employees"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Sales in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Facebook full-time

    Pros

    Working with the smartest people
    A vision led company
    All the food!
    The benefits package
    Competitive comp
    International opportunities

    Cons

    There are honestly very few. Facebook is a growing company and that runs the risk of losing its culture

    Advice to Management

    Keep teams small and lean. Continue to recognise individual achievement. Don't rest on your laurels!


  7. "Awesome colleagues"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Facebook (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I'm learning a lot from the people I work with, both technical and soft skills.

    Cons

    Large company, teams doing overlapping work across timezones. Difficult to coordinate.

    Advice to Management

    Keep coaching your reports so we can keep improving


  8. "Great corporate vision"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great smart people
    Great perks
    Great diversity
    Free food
    Management moves fast and react fast
    Open culture and code

    Cons

    Some smart people can be rather snobbish
    Actually heard "what's ROI" from a engineer
    Disconnect from Eng vs rest

    Advice to Management

    Run a mini-business course during boot camp and a mini-Eng course for business side. It's not a eng vs business. Reorganization are scary if not handled properly.


  9. "Overrated"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Production Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Production Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great culture.
    Free food, good benefits.

    Cons

    Salary is insufficient to make a proper living.
    Very little career development.

    Advice to Management

    Employees are an asset not something you can squeeze.


  10. "Feels like joining an elite squad of super engineers"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Facebook hires comparable to the best talent I've worked with in the industry, with regards to smarts -- but also with at least a modicum of social skills :)

    Enormous opportunity to influence business direction, chase after your own ideas, and really stretch yourself to your fullest potential.

    Almost everything that should be provided is, without lengthy approval processes, unparalleled trust in employees at all levels (you don't need to be a bigwig to get perks).

    Employees are empowered to build anything, any app, service, feature. If you are a big fan of autonomy and self-driven growth, Facebook is the place to go.

    Managers don't bark orders or give commands, but spend the vast majority of their time as a support role, and encouraging leadership between engineers.

    Cons

    Can be intimidating at times, and coworkers definitely work a lot. Perhaps similarly to startups where everyone is motivated. You have to set your own work-life balance, but flexibility exists to allow you to do so (you never feel intimidated to have to work long hours, it's more of a self-motivation question).


  11. "Fantastic company to work for"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I absolutely loved my time at Facebook. I was lucky enough to work with talented, passionate, knowledgeable people who were super supportive and friendly. You're positively encouraged to express your ideas and trusted to work autonomously. The work is challenging and interesting and the social aspect is great too; there's always something to get involved with should you want to. They provide free breakfast, lunch and dinner which is pretty amazing. Despite contracts running 11 months (which sucks) they actively stay in contact / try and find way of getting great people to stay / come back. The hours are long - but no longer than any other job I've had in London and the rewards and job satisfaction are well worth it.

    Cons

    Hard for me to find any cons, but if pushed would say lack of headcount.



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