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Updated July 20, 2017
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  • Work life balance is hard to manage (in 190 reviews)

  • Work-life balance: pressure to move fast (in 50 reviews)

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  1. "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.


  2. "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

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

    StarStarStarStarStar
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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

    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


  4. Helpful (1)

    "wonderful 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

    -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


  5. 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.


  6. Helpful (6)

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

    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

    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.


  7. "I love working at Facebook!"

    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

    I love the culture, freedom, people, environment, benefits, and flexibility.

    Cons

    There really isn't much I would change about work here except for a better work/life balance.

    Advice to Management

    The leadership team here at Facebook has done a great job communicating changes and our company vision.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Lots to dive into!"

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

    Pros

    I really like the pace that we're working at -- there's so much going on, and there's a lot of inherent trust in people to run with what they're doing. Policies and red tape in previous companies sometimes left me feeling a bit stifled about what I was able to work on & share, but there really is a sense of openness at Facebook, not only in communication, but in the ability to jump into projects that call out to you as well.

    And beyond that, the people really are incredible: smart, fun, unique, and passionate about what they're doing. It's hard not to get excited by the people alone!

    Cons

    The pace *can* be a little crazy -- one of our values is moving fast, and we definitely do that -- and generally that's a huge pro to working here, but at times, it can be a little much. There are definitely good policies around PTO, and the environment *is* understanding about balancing work & personal life, but that's ultimately up to the individual to carry out, which can be difficult to do in practice.

    Advice to Management

    I would encourage the leadership to make themselves visible, both at all-hands events, but also in the sense of cross-pollination. It's invaluable, for example, to hear about product strategy from the head of Engineering at an HR team meeting; or to have the head of Finance share what he's focusing on with the Sales team -- efforts like that really don't take much time at all and are a highly impactful way to get communication and knowledge flowing across the company.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Once in a lifetime opportunity I would not pass up"

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

    Pros

    Rare to have the chance to work for a company that captures the imagination of the world such as Facebook.

    Cons

    Well, you can't be afraid of hard work and a challenge and to be pushed out of your comfort zone

    Advice to Management

    Don't make the same hiring mistakes as Google.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Face book an amazing place to work!!"

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

    Pros

    Cutting edge, openness, ability to make an impact, VERY COOL

    Cons

    People are always asking me technical questions about facebook, and what is it like to work at FB?

    Advice to Management

    Continue keeping the site cool, don't ever sell out. Facebook is truly changing the way we communicate with each other.


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