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Updated March 21, 2017
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "China and local culture"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Client Solutions Manager in Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
    Former Employee - Client Solutions Manager in Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Meals benefits and insurance is offered to employee. Standard is higher than what the market is offering in China. They also hired a lot of smart peopple.

    Cons

    Very political environment. Promotion favours people that is close with management, a lot of pleasing work needs to be done everyday. Hong kong employee get revenged after sharing real feedbacks at employee surveys. Also, CSM works much harder than CP, no one dare to complain, because afraid get revenged .

    Advice to Management

    Allow employee share more feedbacks


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Struggling to make an impact!!!!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Recruiter in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Current Employee - Recruiter in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Facebook full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Facebook will always be one of the most exciting places to work and I am sure a lot of people agree on how diverse and fast moving it truly is. I have been working in Facebook Dublin for the last 2 years as part of the Recruitment team. I love what I do and who I hire for but in more recent times things have changed slightly, but not for the better.

    Cons

    There is such a focus on impact that people do projects that are totally meaningless just to have something to write about in their performance review.
    Every employee is also overloaded with a very high number of reqs
    Progression is often discussed by never executed because the leads don't leave and the ones who are incompetent are kept around due to length of service.
    Support from team lead is non existent.
    There seems to be a much higher focus on idle gossip within the management team than helping current and long term employees break through the levelling barriers.
    The manager i've had for the past 2 years was really really poor and is now on mat leave her replacement has been a lot better but the fundamental issues remain.

    Advice to Management

    Look a lot harder at current management and how they are measured. How can a complacent lead reflect progression and inspire her team to do well if she has been there for more than 8 years.


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Run Away From the "Product Support Team""

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Support Specialist
    Former Employee - Product Support Specialist
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Facebook full-time

    Pros

    The only shining beacon are the product and engineering team, with smart people and great leaders. The top company leadership is very inspiring. Be very careful of which team and organization you join.

    For this team- the pros would be NONE. This team is laden with middle managers making decisions based on perception and favoritism. Lot of politics and inadequacies of the managers. Inexperienced managers seem rudderless, no direction only talk.

    My rating here is only for the Product Support Team, under the Sales Planning and Operations org, and does not reflect the overall company culture and ethos.

    Cons

    The saying is very true - "You don't leave a company, you leave a manager and a team"
    - They upsell you on what the job is. It is pretty awful in its job scope and can be considered amongst the lowest importance / status in the company.
    - The team is a team of middle managers who lack the drive, connection and leadership to keep the teams motivated. Some of the managers are very inexperienced and only seem to be there by managing upwards and buttering their bosses.
    - If you ever think of joining this team as a stepping stone within Facebook - DON'T. The reputation and status of this team is really poor in the organization. Hard for you to move to other teams too.
    - Managers are all talk no action. They are not there to support you and play favorites.
    They will act as though they listen to you, check a box for their "initiative" for listening to you and never take action. Some specific managers are there for their own selfish reasons.

    Advice to Management

    Managers make or break team and employee morales. Ensure better people managers are put in place.


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  5. Helpful (11)

    "Staying Power"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  6. Helpful (6)

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

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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. Helpful (41)

    "Overhyped Lifelong Hackathon"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay, if you negotiate aggressively
    Good food
    Good benefits
    Location is good, California is a nice place to live although expensive
    Lots of exposure

    Cons

    Management is constantly pushing you
    You don't work at your own pace, you have to work at everyone else's pace
    Need to stay after work everyday and go to work on weekends
    People are very egocentric and their ego is entirely tied to how much code they write
    I'm afraid of getting fired every single day


  8. Helpful (24)

    "Trending towards bureaucracy"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Free food
    - Reasonably good compensation
    - Reasonably flexible hours
    - Lots of smart, capable people
    - Work can be exciting

    Cons

    - Working on product teams is trying because of the micromanagement of Zuck and other upper management. Many projects get delayed because they ask for random changes.
    - Working on backend teams doesn't have that problem, but they are typically second-class citizens and don't get as much respect as frontend teams.
    - Facebook is very large now and the bureacracy is starting to accumulate quickly. It used to be that engineers could just do stuff, but now almost every change requires a great deal of pointless discussion or overhead. For instance, you now have to fill out a form just to log some data.
    - Very strong focus on some of the "hot" product teams means that the rest of the company doesn't get preference with respect to product managers, designers, etc.
    - Most frontend work is boring mundane PHP. The only challenge comes from poorly-designed legacy systems.
    - Managers will often ask you to work on something you don't care about just because it's a priority for the company. This goes against the claimed philosophy of Facebook, but it's the way things are trending.

    Advice to Management

    - Keep the bureaucracy down.
    - Reduce the rate of hiring. The marginal benefit of an additional engineer decreases fairly quickly. Going from 500 to 1000 is not going to come close to doubling the amount of work done.


  9. Helpful (21)

    "Fun at the engineer to engineer level, but brutally long hours and badly disconnected front-line management."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Huge corporate upside potential (but might not apply to new hires as of 2012).

    Fun work environment (free quality food, game rooms, frivolity encouraged, etc.).

    High impact in terms of people using your code and recognition.

    Good opportunities to try new ideas and move teams.

    Cons

    Brutally long hours for many, frequent pressure to delay or cancel vacation plans (even outside of release deadlines).

    Harsh, unjust, and badly cross-team calibrated reviews coupled with frequent firings so that the stick is very close to the carrot.

    It has now grown large enough that internal corporate politics have seeped in.

    Management, at all levels, fixated on lots of shiny new features, no matter how broken, and lack of respect for necessary work getting done.


  10. Helpful (18)

    "Disappointing, boring."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Menlo Park, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Perks, free and delicious food, free other stuff, 21 days vacation, good for resume.
    Free schedule, nice office, gym onsite etc.

    Cons

    They say they're chaotic. IMO, it's a too fancy word for that. I would say that the code-base is a mess. The corporate value "move fast and break things" is understood too literally by some engineers. That's why the product is very unstable and the UI beyond two most frequently used pages is clunky. The job is boring. Things gets done extremely slow and the quality is very far from being perfect.
    Too much of narcissism (we're building an awesome product, we provide really sick user experience, we're ninjas, batmans and supermans etc. etc. etc.). Maybe it's good for some people, but not for me.

    Advice to Management

    No advise


  11. Helpful (11)

    "Not a good place for a career"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menlo Park, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    1. Great benefits and perks
    2. Passionate and dedicated employees
    3. Fun and exciting environment

    Cons

    1. No career growth and lack of internal career paths
    2. Low compensation
    3. Lots of politics within the company (many ex-Yahoos and AOL employees are in management)
    4. Bad culture and habits brought in from ex-Yahoos and AOL employees are making a big negative impact on culture and morale at the company
    5. Mark Zuckerberg, aka Zuck has received good ratings in the past but of late he has been very distracted and not focused on how the company is run internally, he should own it and step up by making management changes to course correct the ship before it becomes another AOL.

    Advice to Management

    Do something to address the low compensation issues and morale/culture issues within the company, make changes to management particularly in the engineering and sales organizations since the same traits that they had at Yahoo and AOL are starting to show at Facebook as well.



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