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Updated March 21, 2017
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  • Work/Life balance could be better (in 174 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Contractor at Facebook"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible, good work/life balance, free meals is a plus.

    Cons

    Contractors treated as second class citizens compared to full time employees.

    Advice to Management

    Need to be more communicative with teams


  2. "For Contingent Workers: It is just okay"

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    Former Contractor - Help Desk Technician in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Contractor - Help Desk Technician in Menlo Park, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Facebook as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Microkitchens, food available, use of most of the services on campus

    Cons

    You get treated like a second class, they segregate you via the colored box in your profile indicating FTE, Contractor, or Intern. The culture is also confused. They need to get one message and stick to it.

    Advice to Management

    Treat everyone the same and also review the way you run some of your departments. Having Contingent Workers running vital parts of your business is sloppy and leaves much to be desired. IT is the backbone of a company. Don't trust others to do something you should be doing yourself.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Wrote the news, was replaced by algorithm"

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    Former Employee - Content Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Content Manager in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Laid back, welcoming to young people

    Cons

    Was easily replaced in poor company decision

    Advice to Management

    Keep the real people


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "How its like to work for Facebook"

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    Current Employee - Account Manager in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    1. Great energy
    2. Highly motivated folks
    3. Good work
    4. Connecting the world literally
    5. Awesome perks
    6. Decent salary

    Cons

    1. Little bit distraction because of so many awesome things around


  6. "great work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Facebook part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    a lot of oppurtunities, great people

    Cons

    work for many hour, very commiting


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Ship ship ship ship"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Menlo Park, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Doing well financially, awesome people. Good benefits. Corporate culture is transparent. Mark is awesome.

    Cons

    Ship ship ship ship ship. Open office. Growing super fast. Crowded.

    Advice to Management

    Broken things suck. Moving a little slower and not breaking things would work for some people.


  8. "Sounds like a great company... for full-time employees"

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    Current Contractor - Ads Payments Analyst in Austin, TX
    Current Contractor - Ads Payments Analyst in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free food
    Flexible work hours
    Casual office
    Great coworkers

    Cons

    Strict divide between contractors and full-time employees
    Some middle management has very minimal experience

    Advice to Management

    Forge the divide between your contractors and full-time employees. You're missing out on some incredible talent in the lower dregs of the company.


  9. Helpful (12)

    "Facebook is the worst job, except for all the others"

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    Former Employee - Infrastructure Engineer in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Infrastructure Engineer in Menlo Park, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Facebook full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Facebook is probably the best big company to work for. The company cares a lot about having its employees being productive and satisfied with their jobs and it works hard at maintaining an environment to support that. As a survivor from the real world, this is really rare -- pretty much every company-wide system is designed to make life easier for employees. The benefits and conveniences offered are amazing.

    Many decisions about the company and its goals are made fairly transparently and open discussion about most things is encouraged. This can get really annoying at times.

    Unlike most companies, Zuck is actually a pretty inspiring leader. He makes mistakes, but does learn from them. He has really lofty goals, though, and doing the right thing is highly subjective when trying to change the world.

    If you are politically savvy and willing to work hard and make sure others notice that hard work, you will go far. You will learn a lot if you seek out opportunities to learn, and work with a lot of very talented people. You have to own this yourself, though; don't count on a lot of support.

    Cons

    Facebook still believes that it is a magical meritocracy reasonably free from corporate nonsense. While there aren't any Office Space-style TPS reports to fill out and you don't have to bring in your own coffee and toilet paper, it is now just a big company job like any other. If you want something, whether it be a promotion or a good dessert from the cafeteria, you have to plan how to get it, execute on the plan, and then make sure everyone else knows what you did and how great it was. You also have to share just enough detail to be convincing but not so much that people can poke holes in your story or usurp your dessert acquisition techniques.

    The typical first level line manager at Facebook doesn't have prior management experience, only knows the Facebook way of doing things, and is overwhelmed with all the pressure being placed on them. It's a really hard job, too; your manager will be responsible both for setting the direction of your team and for making sure you and your colleagues grow at the company. Most people are not good at either of those things, let alone both. Be aware of what your manager is looking for and how to best communicate it.

    Everything FB does is subject to a lot of public scrutiny, and you will know how the sausage is made and see that the goals of the company aren't focused on invading privacy or global domination like everyone else thinks. It's hard to see this thing that takes up so much of your life lionized and loathed by the press and your friends.

    For engineers, a lot of the tools you will use day-to-day are incomplete, broken, poorly documented, and might not be supported anymore. You will get used to this. "Move fast and break things" is more complicated than it sounds, and that's really hard to adapt to when coming from a more traditional company. Have big goals but chop them up into small tasks with well-defined success indicators and communicate them early and often.

    Advice to Management

    To the director- and VP-level people that have been at FB a long time: it's not the same company you went to work at lo those many years ago. There are between 5 and 50 times more employees now, way more products, and way more moving parts. If you want Facebook to stay Facebook-y, invest in the culture that you love. Teach people how to be successful and reward individuals that focus on impact that makes everyone's work easier and the product better, not on whatever new hotness made a contrived graph go in the right direction. Lots of things aren't working right anymore and it is up to you to start the hard conversations about which sacred cows can't provide enough milk for tens of thousands of employees because you never taught the new people how to talk about that stuff.

    Facebook Response

    Dec 15, 2016 – Your Friends at Facebook

    Thanks for your feedback. We care deeply about our employees, which is why we strive to create an open and transparent workplace. And we need to do this as a team that's constantly evolving and ... More


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Really disappointed"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Facebook full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great co-workers overall with a few bad eggs that just seem to cause issues.

    Cons

    Pressure to over achieve. To many cooks in the kitchen, and I'm not talking about LTD.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Meh"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Facebook full-time

    Pros

    Not as cool as they used to be. No longer a start up.

    Cons

    They're just not that awesome compared to the alternatives. Do you really want to work on a product your mom uses more than you because it's just not that relevant to you?

    Advice to Management

    Do something useful. Stop trying to subvert the freedom of the internet by giving facebook first internet to the world. Give freely or not at all.



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