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Updated October 17, 2017
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  • Work-life balance can be an issue (in 205 reviews)

  • Work-life balance: pressure to move fast (in 55 reviews)

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  1. "Amazing employer with lots of challenges and opportunities to learn and grow"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Data Scientist in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Data Scientist in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing colleagues who care about their work and colleagues
    Challenging problems
    Very self-led, opportunity to drive what you care about
    Extremely flexible work environment with working from home options, amazing benefits

    Cons

    Work-life balance is not always easy, there is pressure to perform but also always lots of work to do


  2. "University Recruitment"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - University Recruitment Lead in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - University Recruitment Lead in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - The people
    - Culture
    - The mission
    - Benefits
    - The care your team and managers have for you is incredible.
    - Best Place to work!

    Cons

    Nothing to add here around cons.

  3. "Research chef/ junior sous chef"

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    Current Employee - Junior Sous Chef in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Junior Sous Chef in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    The chance to work with a very big budget, huge variety of products from all over the world. And the liberty to create my own dished and recipes.

    Cons

    Pour management, lack of leadership from my senior chefs ,problems in communication, unorganized human resources department that cause unnecessary issues


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    "Such a great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The culture here is fantastic; there are so many things that just work well together. For example, most engineers choose which team to join after the first 6 weeks or so, which encourages a lot of really positive behaviours. The company is also really open, allowing everyone to make great decisions: if you need access to some data, you probably have it available.

    We have good tools and infrastructure that allows us to focus on the important things; things like booking a meeting room, following up on a task in a common system and many other things are just easy, using great tools that an internal team builds and maintains. I also think that the engineering-led approach to product development and a willingness to try things is really special, and allows us to be more bold than most other companies.

    Oh, and the free food! Breakfast, lunch and dinner, with lots of great options, both healthy and not-so-healthy.

    Cons

    It's not a great place if you value being in charge, or being told specifically what to do when. Everyone is expected to be self-led to a large extent.

    There also is relatively little documentation. If you want to find out something, most often you need to ask someone rather than read a document.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it going, and keep supporting London as a key growth site.

    Facebook Response

    Oct 10, 2017 – Head of Recruiting

    Appreciate hearing about your Facebook London experience! We'll continue to invest in our engineering bootcamps so they can provide value to new hires across our company.


  5. "Great leadership"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Development Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Business Development Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Facebook full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great energy! Flexible enough...good balance. I wouldn't say the creativity is that high but at least the productivity is... And that's what matters!

    Cons

    Lot to work on.... Less creative.... Less interaction between departments


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great environment"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Client Solutions Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Client Solutions Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very friendly environment, flexible working attitudes, trust and you feel well looked after with travel paid, free food, wellness funds and fair salary payments.
    Full transparency and honesty from the very top on a regular basis. Fast paced, always moving and developing as a company

    Cons

    Outside of the usual big company syndrome.
    Moving across to other roles in the company (or even within the same team) is challenging with all roles opening up to external and internal candidates - not so much a con, although difficult for existing employees to feel their experience was valued.

    Facebook Response

    Sep 25, 2017 – Head of Recruiting

    Thank you for sharing your experience. Continually developing and supporting our people in their careers is incredibly important to us. Right now we are focused on making the internal mobility... More


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    "Excellent Benefits"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Quality Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Product Quality Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very satisfactory benefits and compensation.

    Cons

    Very high performance expectations but have good support for success.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "A strong career move"

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    • 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 3 years)

    Pros

    Facebook focuses people on growth, and focuses managers on coaching people to improve
    You'll learn how to use engineering to drive real impact for the company, and how to become the best version of yourself

    Cons

    The high bar makes people work hard


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great employer"

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    • 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

    - perks that barely 1 or 2 companies can match (free food, child benemfits, yadayadayada)
    - start at bootcamp and choose yourself a team. ANY team that is recruitung - android, ios, web, backend, machine learning.
    - convenient location in central london
    - super smart people around. If you've been best at previous role(s) - you'll learn every day from others.
    - you do the world a favor. Connect people, bring free internet to people, produce world-class open-source things: ReactJS, Presto, Hive...

    Cons

    Don't see much cons now

    Advice to Management

    I'd rather learn from people in charge here than give them advice


  10. "Fantastic environment to learn and succeed"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Facebook's culture is incredible and helps employees get the best out of their skills to succeed and achieve massive projects. The management is really one of the best components of Europe, with lots of highly experienced leaders to learn from.

    The company offers a ton of benefits to make sure you are covered with everything you need to do your job and manage your personal time in the best possible way.

    This is the best place where you can thrive!

    Cons

    Although the company's mantra is "move fast", adding a bit more structure could help finding more synergies and removing team/people overlap.

    Also, some of the personal benefits such as the personal insurance are not of the highest European standard (might be because insurance's offering in the UK is quite poor).


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