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Updated July 22, 2017
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  1. "What more could you want?"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - coworkers are smart, dependable, and genuinely enjoy what they do
    - management cares about empowering employees and helping them develop
    - benefits and perks make life fun
    - chance to have a huge impact and not be just another cog in the machine
    - other people understand and appreciate what you're working on

    Cons

    still working through some growing pains

    Advice to Management

    sometimes there needs to be a clearer product vision earlier in the process


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Great people; amzing place to work."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people here are both brilliant and humble, making for an incredibly collaborative envirnment for building awesome new stuff. Management process is also great - very hands off, lots of freedom to the engineers to work on what they are interested in, make important decisions. Lots of trust and responsibility in engineers.

    Cons

    It is starting to get a little big, and a little bit political, although I don't have much first hand experience with the politics. Split into multiple buildings again.

    Advice to Management

    Management should work actively to try to discourage politics. You should also make sure to keep the culture very engineering focused, putting a greater effort on keeping big things happening in other parts of the company more than transparent, especially when they are "in the works."

  3. Helpful (1)

    "This place is no joke."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Empowerment. Real and immediate impact, high level of responsibility. Assumption of good intentions. Fun. People genuinely like each other.

    Cons

    The focus on "most fast" sometimes leaves things undone.

    Advice to Management

    Know how to balance young/eager with the seniority/seasoned leadership you need to make Facebook continue to succeed.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Excellent plate to work"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Site Reliability Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Site Reliability Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Amazing environment with a strong focus on getting things done vs politics or "Process". When bad things happen, the focus is always on finding a fix rather than finding the blame. Organized chaos. Working with some of the smartest and most knowledgeable people I've ever met. They don't just throw money away, but they're willing to spend to solve problems or improve things when it's needed. The benefits like free food are excellent, and in general they treat their employees like human adults instead of children or replaceable cogs or numbers.

    Cons

    The biggest downside is the organized chaos (although that's also a plus). At times it can be a bit too chaotic, though even that's improving.

    Advice to Management

    What you're doing is working - keep at it. Although some increase in Process and bureaucracy is inevitable as the company grows, make sure that the focus on people never goes away. The risk of following "Best Practices" down the road to mediocrity is very real, and it will take away everything that makes the company great.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Awesome place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The work environment is certainly fast-paced and often chaotic, but everyone manages to keep a level head and make logical, yet innovative decisions, even when under pressure. Most people are pretty young as is reflected in the culture of t-shirts, jeans, video games, and ripsticks. The food is awesome and definitely makes it easier to work longer hours and actually enjoy them. Working cross-functionally is not only accepted, but expected. You won't be confined to your own team, which is nice. Overall, it's definitely the best job I've had so far.

    Cons

    As a pretty young company, policies and best practices change quite often, which can be hard to follow at times. Other than that, there really aren't many cons.

    Advice to Management

    Keep meetings when you schedule them because it's hard for everyone else to change their schedules last minute and a lot of time is wasted.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "If you like to be challenged and rewarded for success, facebook is a great place to start!"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Recruiter in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Recruiter in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - fast paced work environment, where I can move as quickly as needed to get the job done
    - FB provides me the opportunity to have a huge impact
    - we work hard at FB, but we are recognized for our efforts and success (and we have fun while working)
    - friendly environment, good food, great tools, and the brightest people on earth!

    Cons

    - Constant change, but that come with this type of growth

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up!


  7. "I love my job"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Open environment, flat organization, people are nice and very smart

    Cons

    Everyone is smart so you always have to be on your game

    Advice to Management

    How will we keep a startupy environment when the company grows to 5000? 10000?

  8. "Facebok TL;DR"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Wonderful food
    - A company culture encouraging absolute openness
    - No red tape, in terms of work, resources, people
    - Opportunities to get together with other employees to hack on what interests you
    - Freedom to work from home and to come into work whenever

    Cons

    - Parking
    - Neighboring houses dislike us
    - Terribly inefficient and large number of e-mails
    - Too much 'The Son of Man' around the office

    Advice to Management

    n/a


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Sweet place to work"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Never go hungry
    Always have clean clothes
    Manager listens to issues and aids in solution/resolution
    Management focused on employee satisfaction
    Coworkers wickedly intelligent
    Flexibility in work hours
    Autonomy
    Move fast, be bold
    Ability to be innovative

    Cons

    Multiple review cycles that detract from the real work
    Inconsistency in ratings
    Some employees not acting as owners
    Complaints from employees on the most ridiculous things
    Ripsticks in the walkways

    Advice to Management

    My advice to the leadership at Facebook is to keep doing what you do everyday to make the workplace fun to return to day after day.


  10. "I'm very glad I work here."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I'm very happy working at facebook.
    * Other employees are very friendly and supportive
    * Facebook is more meritocratic than other tech companies I've worked for
    * The other people working here are very smart
    * Facebook gives engineers more responsibility than other places I've been

    Cons

    Sometimes facebook is kinda unpopular in some circles due to privacy criticisms. Facebook sometimes emphasizes speed over engineering quality.

    Advice to Management

    I think we should stop releasing products that aren't fully done yet. I'd like to see more internal iteration on products until we have something that has had all the issues worked through and that is very reliable and polished.


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