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Updated September 22, 2017
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  • Work-life balance can be an issue (in 208 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (5)

    "Recruiting's Rejects"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Recruiter in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Recruiter in Menlo Park, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Benefits are second to none. They give you a lot but they also expect a lot from you as well.

    - The company is innovating and revenue growth is phenomenal. Which means the equity value grows significantly YoY.

    - Comp is good here. Facebook generally overpays a lot of recruiters compared to Google, Amazon, and Microsoft. This could be attributed to desperation because of how difficult it's been to hire recruiters.

    Cons

    - The bar has significantly dropped in recruiting. Because of the hyper growth Facebook is going through they've been forced to hire inexperienced recruiters and also rejects who weren't able to hack it in other top tech companies & start-ups. It used to mean a lot to be a full time recruiter at Facebook. Now it feels like they're giving an offer to anyone with a pulse. Inexperienced recruiters or bad ones can attribute to poor candidate experience and headaches for other recruiters.

    - Performance Reviews many times aren't a true reflection of individual performance. It's a problem that many companies have and Facebook is one of them.

    - The company has become so corporate. It's like you're just another number and the impact you're making is insignificant.

    - Work Life Balance is terrible. In order to be successful here you'll need to work well over 50 hours per week.

    Advice to Management

    - Don't play favorites so much. Reward based on merit not who you like the most.

    - Stop hiring so many bad recruiters!!!


  2. Helpful (7)

    "Money can't buy me love"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Facebook full-time

    Pros

    You'll make a ton of money. The salary, stock, bonus, and perks are generous. If you only care about your resume and your bank account, this is the place for you. It's easy for anyone to be tempted by the zeros in an offer from Facebook, especially if you're young and you think life is all about money.

    Cons

    You might make a lot of money at Facebook, but it will come at a cost. Your health, your relationships, and your self-esteem will suffer. You'll wake up five years later, with a lot of money, but you'll hardly recognize the person in the mirror. The culture is unhealthy and it will change you for the worse.

    Advice to Management

    Showing kindness to employees is important.

    Facebook Response

    Sep 25, 2017 – Head of Recruiting

    I'm disheartened to hear this. We have many avenues for support especially if you are going through a tough time such as EAP services, internal support groups, Life@ team, and your HR Business... More

  3. Helpful (10)

    "Hypocrisy and slave-driving"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    salary and benefits are great

    Cons

    Facebook fosters toxic culture, not any way better than Amazon does. It is a little bit more sneaky in this practices though, and it does a lot of brainwashing and twisting to convince employees of this not happening.

    Instead of explicitly cutting lowest 10-18% of the lowest performers, it is done indirectly, via enforcing "target distribution" of final ratings at performance cycles (PSCs). PSCs happen twice per year, and it is a quagmire, everybody dreads it.

    All employees complain at a constant sense of uncertainty and ready to quit at any moment.

    A lot of hypocrisy here. Pretty much all motivational posters should be negated to reflect reality.

    Management is terrible. Facebook prides that "engineers are given a lot of freedom". In reality, this is an excuse to have clueless, dysfunctional and oppressive management. They do not tell you what to do, but it is up to you to fish it out. Otherwise you will not "meet your expectations".

    I do not like people who work here. They are all of low morale and terrible schmoozers. Schmoozing is the only way to get "meets" rating at the Performance Review Cycle. So, everybody is aggressively schmoozing. Engineering is secondary.

    Especially watch out for managers who are Microsoft expats. For some reason these managers are terrible here, and their branches are rotten.

    The whole company is full of hypocrisy. Vacations? Not if you want to meet your expectations on a next review cycle. Parental leave? Better not take it - you won't meet expectations. Facebook enforces a rule that 10-18% of employees are guaranteed not to meet performance expectations (that is, they are aimed to be fired). This fosters bad culture. Imagine yourself competing with young single schmoozing nerds who can work 24/7 - are you up for a challenge? This means zero work-life balance.

    Engineers are expected to also perform management duties: promote what they do, influence other orgs etc. Question: why do we need managers then?

    Apart from engineering and management, individual contributors are required to do all other "extracurricular" activities like hiring and doing interviews, which is also reflected on the PSC ratings.

    Facebook doesn't allow junior engineering levels: either promote to principal levels (e5) or get fired.

    Facebook boasts great "culture". But they aggressively hire management from the outside. I don't see anything particular of this "culture" - it's the same as Microsofts, Googles and others.

    Facebook is functioning in a mode of chewing people, burning them out and spitting them. No appreciation for developers - they are treated as subordinates of management.

    Advice to Management

    Very few are good ones. Most of them are rotten.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Nonsense company"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Helpdesk Support in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Helpdesk Support in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good perks and other facilities like food is awesome, transport and other perks.

    Cons

    Egoistic managers, management never pays any heed to employee concern. Politics is too much.

    Advice to Management

    Give some respect to users bcoz the project I was on there was no respect for users as they never gets response ...after all they make Facebook what it is today and not the other way around. Currently I work for Google and they attitude is the opposite as they pay importance to each user complaint.


  5. Helpful (6)

    "very unfair personnel at company"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    nothing that I see from this company

    Cons

    it's very interesting to see a company self-declared to be open do now really want to share the performance report. One area you have not done well you should not talk to people too much because that shows you did not really know the stuff you are doing.


  6. Helpful (10)

    "Don't speak up. Sit quietly and don't rock the boat. Be happy"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Looks good on resume. Free food

    Cons

    The customer is a commodity. Complain or try and expose the scams advertisers are engaging in and you are removed.

    Advice to Management

    Customer service is not to be dispensed with a computer algorithm. Real people exist. It matters


  7. Helpful (9)

    "BiZ Apps Team in Facebook"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Its an amazing company to work. Though the team is not.
    People will be given option to choose the team after they are hired.
    The Company shuttles are extremely helpful in working even while we commute.(No Fun)
    The IT Support is extremely quick and very helpful.
    The Food and rest are very yummy. Every day You might have to think what cuisine should I choose today. What ever you choose, It will just be there on campus.

    Cons

    I was into BizApps team at Facebook. Facebook is an amazing company to work but the team is not.

    All the above was only to an extent and the critical part which had really kept me under pressure was

    There were three people who were asked to develop three Modules. later they asked me to integrate the other Modules into mine. What others developed is just an initial version and UI, Javascript wasn`t following any standard. Later when I was integrating I had to rework everything from level 0. project manager, Manager, Team Lead, UI Expert were all supervising my work. When ever they pass by my desk, they would ask me to make few changes may it be to the Layouts, data to be displayed etc. the worst part is that their opinions do not match at all.
    for instance .. Project Manager would stop by my desk and asks me to change the layout and I obey and customize the layout to include that change. Later team lead would stop by and says "This is disgusting Layout. better change it. when I change it taking his suggestions. Manager would stop by and says its the worst that he has ever seen in his life and asks me to include his recommendations. Later UI expert comes and commands me not to follow instructions of any others and to just follow his recommendations as he is the UI expert. When I do that Others (Project Manager, Manager etc) hate the changes and I was evaluated low in performance.

    In the due course I was evaluated low in performance and I was blamed for missing the dead line.

    I did try to convey my situation to people but no action was taken.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Company Culture"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Facebook as an intern

    Pros

    Literally none for me. The perks and stuff are good to have - but you can't have people treating you in a condescending manner

    Cons

    Copied from pros section - you can't have people treating you in a condescending manner. That is all I had to say.

    Advice to Management

    This is what happens when you hire people based solely on how good of programmers they are. You end up with people who don't know how to respect other people


  9. Helpful (22)

    "HR Admin- Austin"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - HRIS Analyst in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - HRIS Analyst in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fun, exciting, challenging, dynamic, a lot of smart people, good training offered, free food and amenities. Good growth opportunities, some genuinely good people there

    Cons

    The people in the Austin office are brutal. I felt like I was in high school again. They bash each other, gossip and belittle 'outsiders' or people they don't know. I overheard the 'senior' employees belittling me and making fun of a physical condition I have SEVERAL times. They smile to your face but they are passive aggressive and outright mean. And I performed very well at my job, loved my team in CA, and loved the company. But some of those 'lifetime' FB people are poisoning the culture. I had to leave after a year. And good luck telling anyone. It's career suicide

    Advice to Management

    Hold everyone accountable for how they treat others, especially people who are different, people coming from different cities and people with physical and social challenges.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Dba"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Facebook as a contractor

    Pros

    Comforts & Benefits are Awesome
    Awesome Free lunch dinner with breakfast
    Fast pace technologies, Very good to learn and meet top notch tech folks

    Cons

    Worst Management
    Worst culture of work
    Contractors treated as Literally Slaves

    Advice to Management

    Change the Middle level management Or Enlighten them how to treat the employees


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