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Updated October 17, 2017
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  • Work-life balance can be an issue (in 205 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (13)

    "Staying Power"

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    Current Employee - Technical Program Management in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Program Management in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Facebook is exploring some new ground with social networking and its cool to be associated to the innovation

    Cons

    People are often not treated fairly as Ego's get big fast when a company grows so quickly. They get you in the door with the "potential" of going IPO but your in you give up your life and soul with little career growth or monetary incentives. Its no wonder that three of the four founders have already left in less than 3 years and long term employees are looking to sell their shares. No potential of any amount of 'potential' earnings once they go IPO is worth being treated like second class citizens or just a fancier sweat shop.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be afraid to higher some more seasoned and senior talent for leadership and management positions who can help create structure, processes and tools to help the organization grow and scale with the demand. Sooner or later the lack of these seasoned managers will be what drives profitability down and decrease the potential Facebook has to be come a fortune 500 company.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Edge of chaos"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    * More work that there are people to do.
    * Great opportunity to grab what you can and shine.
    * Awesome benefits and amenities.

    Cons

    Management structure is still immature. Most managers are working on projects and busy executing their own agenda. Politics are heating up as the pressure to succeed increases. Little personnel development.

    Advice to Management

    Watch out for an exodus of people as stock option holder are vesting. It seems that burnout is more common even as the company grows to take on the load.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Wouldn't want to work anywhere else right now."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Over the past two years Facebook has and continues to be the best job I've ever had. The atmosphere, benefits and opportunities are second to none, and this is in parallel to the unbeiievable growth and scale of the business. You can't go on a bus or train ride without seeing someone using or hearing someone talk about Facebook and that's an amazing experience when you work for the business.

    Cons

    The company is transitioning from a start-up to a fully fledged company, and with it comes changes of structure and environment as new people join the business. This has lead to some frustration amongst some of the longer tenured people as new people are brought in at senior levels.

    Advice to Management

    Leadership is great and is exactly what we need right now as we grow. The management tier just need to b mindful of some of the frustrations that exist within the business and be sure to manage it to preserve the culture and environment.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Good experience, great people."

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Really smart people that care about building a great product. It's clear that people are really excited about what they are doing.

    Cons

    It's getting political and seems like there is a lot of jockeying. That's not great for an engineer who really cares about making a great product. It gets in the way.

    Advice to Management

    The Company could benefit from cutting out some of the people that contribute to a political environment. It would make a more productive place to work.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Great people; amzing place to work."

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    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."


  6. 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.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Review"

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    Former Employee - Operations Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Operations Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    perfect company for career, a fun environment, fun people, lots of genius level people, company grows rapidly and continuously, a very good place to work, pre-IPO company

    Cons

    mid level managers are inexperienced and do lots of mistakes, salaries are not so bright but company is pre-IPO and it is a good opportunity

    Advice to Management

    fix mid level management, listen employees feedback {yes, much more} especially their reviews about mid level managers, try to understand why so many people are leaving

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Great place to start a career and network."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to work with some of the young and brightest people in the world. A great addition to your resume and you get to work on products that everyone that you know will use.

    Cons

    Too many Managers and ideas. Sometimes too many cooks in the kitchen will spoil the food. And that is what happens at Facebook. But then again, that is the growing pains that Facebook is going through. Also most of the innovative products have been implemented and a lot of focus now is on maintenance and tweaking. Nothing much to be excited about.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your developers with respect and acknowledge their work and successes. Essentially they are ones who are keeping the company alive.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Excellent plate to work"

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    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.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "The best place to work for those with big aspirations, good ideas and lots of energy"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Ability to make an impact
    - Amazing product that changes lives
    - Inspired by the leadership
    - Low tolerance for churn and meaningless process
    - Everyone has a voice
    - Flat organizational structure
    - Work hard, play hard

    Cons

    - Can be a bit chaotic
    - Sometimes sacrifices quality for speed

    Advice to Management

    - Don't sacrifice longevity for short term gains


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