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Updated May 24, 2017
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  1. Helpful (12)

    "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.


  2. Helpful (8)

    "Does not "connect" with contractors"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Legal Triage Technician in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Legal Triage Technician in Menlo Park, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free food. Free transportation. Get to put Facebook on your resume. Casual work attire.

    Cons

    If you are a CONTRACTOR you will be treated like a second class citizen, you will have no voice. Will not be considered for advancement, even if there are positions available. Actual employees work less than the contractors. FB hires contractors to do work that will be constantly needed, front desk, kitchen staff, IT Help Desk to name a few. It's as if they don't want the "help" to be officially apart of their team. The FB you see online is not the same as in the office.

    Advice to Management

    You have more than enough money. Hire people and give them job security. Especially for people that are doing jobs that won't be going away. 2+ years as a "contractor"......Give me a break!


  3. Helpful (8)

    "Lots of hype, substance is lacking."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Network Engineer in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Network Engineer in Menlo Park, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Challenging problems in scope and scale to solve.
    Money for projects is essentially unlimited. Buy the best of everything.

    Cons

    Politics and poor leadership in the mid-management levels.
    Many mediocre co-workers that can't pull their weight.

    Advice to Management

    Many of your Managers and Directors are not high caliber or top notch.
    Set a higher bar and weed out your poor quality directors.


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  5. Helpful (27)

    "Smart, boring people and no balance."

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

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

    Pros

    The people are smart, and the scaling challenges are great. Where else does your code impact a billion people? The compensation is amazing.

    Senior management are generally amazing people, smart, visionary and compassionate.

    Cons

    The focus on measuring means anything that can't be measured is ignored. It's easy to measure someone's ability to code on a whiteboard. As a result, the coders are much better than nearly everywhere I've worked, but that's it. Social skills and personality can't be measured. As a result there is no one here you would ever be friends. The internal surveys bear this point that people don't have friends at work. Similarly for managers, they are selected strictly for their technical ability. Again, they have zero compassion. In my time being here, I've never once felt like anyone cared if I was here or not. Not once has anything positive ever been said. It's really astounding.

    Recruiting does an amazing job at making candidates feel wanted. That feeling disappears the moment you sign. After that, you have no manager or anyone who will care. You'll go into bootcamp where you'll have a "mentor". His role is to continue to do his job while counting the number of lines in your diffs to make sure you can make progress with no assistance.

    After bootcamp, you'll have a manager who operates in the same mode. They are interested in the technology and not the people. To them, you are a resource to be maximized. They will tell you everything you need to do to improve, but never once say "good job". In boot camp, I kept meeting these amazing, visionary dynamic managers. I know realize they were the exception. Those people made me love Facebook during bootcamp, but that feeling wore off quickly once I interacted with the average line level manager.

    Plus, beware of the reviews here. Recruiting will tell you point blank that they curate these reviews. The reason FB has the highest rating is because someone internally has a goal to achieve certain star ratings on this site.

    Advice to Management

    Start selecting people for human relationship skills and focus less on pure technical ability.


  6. Helpful (19)

    "Good company, too many failures, mostly boring work"

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

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

    Pros

    Facebook is used by everyone, and this is incredible. The Menlo Park campus is really cool and has a great vibe.
    - Great benefits
    - Smart people
    - Impact on millions of people

    Cons

    I joined Facebook a few years ago because of the agility of the engineering team. Back then, it was true. Today, not as much.
    - Most projects fail due to over-complication and over-engineering
    - Smart people are hampered by large inflexible codebase
    - Very hype-based culture (thing x is the new hotness, everyone on board!)
    - Most of the code is old and not owned by anyone, yet still in production
    - Most work is very mundane and not very exciting

    Advice to Management

    Stop being so impatient for "impact" - some projects take time and nurture them.


  7. Helpful (15)

    "If you are over 40 Beware!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Facebook full-time

    Pros

    Benefits are great, and there are some very smart an engaging people

    Cons

    Many departments within Facebook have a maturity problem. If, you are 40 or older, I would not apply.

    Advice to Management

    Ms. Sandburg as the COO needs to evaluate the lack of maturity of those who surround her...the lack of experience is going to cost Facebook potential law suits and brand reputation


  8. Helpful (5)

    "Great company, but disorganization + bad management = a terrible experience for me."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Designer in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Designer in Menlo Park, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Really smart people, Zuck has weekly Q+As and answers everything

    Cons

    The Revenue org is the worst. There is a total lack of transparency, which is different that the Eng and Design orgs.

    They say it's easy to transfer, but it's hard to find a role if you aren't a specialist.

    Advice to Management

    It's not okay to block your employees from doing the work they were hired to do and for not telling them the work was on hold for 8 months.


  9. Helpful (16)

    "Keep Up With the Clique"

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

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

    Pros

    - insane perks (barber, laundry, dry cleaning, car detailing, fitness facilities, stipend for food and entertainment, childcare, etc.)
    - tremendous stock upside
    - competitive (but not overboard) base salaries
    - generous bi-yearly bonuses

    Cons

    Out of sight, out of mind. Be prepared to always be social with everyone. Engage everyone at the company both online and offline at all times. This can get tiring if you're not naturally that kind of person. The people that are the friendliest with the decision-makers always get preference. Its not the kind of place that you can keep your head down, have a small group of friends, do good work, and be successful. You need to be socially matrixed to the maximum level. If not, you might be let go...

    Also, they didn't get to be a big behemoth by ignoring the little things. There are a lot of mundane tasks to be done. There are also lots of small optimizations to be made that move numbers up but don't necessarily impact the end-user experience that much. It's easy to lose sight of a good process that asks "why?" and instead work tirelessly (and rapidly) to move numbers up for no good reason (other than to move numbers up).

    Lots of time is required out of normal business hours. This can be challenging for people with families.

    Some orgs are better run than others. Choose wisely, and do your homework, out of bootcamp.

    Advice to Management

    Break up the clique-culture. Its like an 8th grade schoolyard in there (replete with the puppy-love romances).


  10. Helpful (19)

    "It was fair - lots of opportunities to learn - few opportunities to work on interesting projects"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Menlo Park, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    High compensation, generous time-off. Good food. (the hamburger place is always tasty). The propaganda is usually enticing and the sweet shop keeps you fat.

    Cons

    Company culture is broken. Office leadership is broken. Work is not challenging or interesting.

    Advice to Management

    Before hiring new employees, please be honest with them about what working at Facebook is truly like and what the projects they will work on are in reality. Don't lie and use your company brand collateral to rope in smart and motivated people to only then suck their souls out of their bodies.


  11. Helpful (6)

    "Good salary, bad work-life balance"

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

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

    Pros

    Good salary, free food, caltrain ticket.
    Co-workers has solid technology.

    Cons

    Bad work-life balance. Long hour working. No help. Co-worker don't want to help you.

    Advice to Management

    Better mentorship


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