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  1. Helpful (6)

    "People are actually smart. It's a special place."

    StarStarStarStarStar
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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

    Facebook is a fantastic place to work. Yes, you get to work on big things, there are cool new opportunities all over the place, and there's lots of cache...but what really matters is that this is a place full of smart, engaged, and driven people. You don't have conversations at Facebook where you walk away saying "he just didn't get it." This makes every day so much better it's hard to even begin to explain.

    Cons

    Management is great at a lot of things...but not necessarily at manageing the business. Random stuff just happens that sometimes doesn't make sense across all aspects of the business. Often, initiatives just happen over night, without properly involving all the relevant stakeholders. Sometimes the business side of the company seems to be operating in completely different world from the engineering side.

    Advice to Management

    Work harder at integrating business and engineering.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "I was just an intern"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Young culture
    Fast paced
    Exciting after hours

    Cons

    Sociopathic leadership
    Youth run amok with poor oversite

    Advice to Management

    None really.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "wonderful place to work"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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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

    -management is approachable and open with information
    -perks are outstanding (health, pto, food, company events, laundry services, etc)
    -employees are among the brightest in the industry
    -exciting work environment

    Cons

    -inconsistency in quality reviews
    -rapid employee growth means less personal peer-to-peer relationships

    Advice to Management

    keep up the great work and the forward thinking


  4. "ok place"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Palo Alto, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    food, dry cleaning and free concerts

    Cons

    can be a bit demanding

    Advice to Management

    communicate more to employess


  5. "Facebook is the best engineering organization I have ever worked for"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

    A bureaucracy-free environment that allows you to simply get work done
    Strong management with strong technical background all the way to the top
    Very metric-driven engineering team
    The ability to prioritize tasks based on what you think is important
    A remarkably well defined review process that encourages personal development in different areas
    Company policy to leave unnecessary meetings early or skip them entirely

    Cons

    Some politics and cliques
    Some user-facing projects have too many product managers
    Some late nights when supporting new code pushes
    Fighting fires can become a full time job

    Advice to Management

    Don't stop being open and transparent
    Daytime hackathons to encourage more participation for engineers with family commitment
    Improve recruiting's ability to filter candidates so engineering interviews have lower reject rate


  6. Helpful (7)

    "If you are in Engineering, you are at the right place. If, Operations... don't look back and run."

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    If you are in Engineering department, you are at one of the best place to work for.

    Cons

    Operations department management sucks, they don't treat to people in a respectful and fair way. If you want to be a good position in Operations, you need to be friend of some certain people.

    Advice to Management

    Question and try to understand why you constantly loose people from Operations. Facebook Software Engineering departments might be ideal place to work for but not the Operations.


  7. "I love working at Facebook"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

    -meritocracy
    -freedom for engineers
    -interesting problems, cool company, lots of unique opportunities
    -benefits are great, I love free food

    Cons

    -environment can be overly intense for some

    Advice to Management

    N/A

  8. "Great workplace and perks !"

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

    Pros

    - It's Facebook
    - Some of the smartest people you'll ever meet work there.
    - Great projects, fast pace, high impact.
    - Personal empowerment.
    - Free food!

    Cons

    - you might gain weight.

    Advice to Management

    You need to improve PR and be more pro-active about user security/privacy concerns.


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

    StarStarStarStarStar
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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

    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.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Sweet place to work"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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.


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