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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Great work environment and culture"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Manager in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Business Manager in Menlo Park, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Autonomy to work on challenging problems at scale

    Cons

    Some growing pains to be expected at company of this stage


  2. Helpful (4)

    "A place for facebook geeks"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Software Tester in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Intern - Software Tester in Menlo Park, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Facebook as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Awesome workplace with very friendly employees.Good delicious food at the restaurant.Good salary with benefits. You get to live a dream over here, seriously

    Cons

    Lots of programming tension when on the job

    Advice to Management

    Employ me.


  3. Helpful (32)

    "Structurally & Strategically Impressive, but Culturally Immature"

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

    I worked at Facebook as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I will give credit to fb, that when I first started, I was very impressed with how organized and efficient they seemed. Everyone did their job, everyone worked hard, and everyone deserved to be there. The first I could say for any organization I have worked for.

    The free shuttle is great - the drivers are nice and professional! The food is delicious and healthy. You have no excuse for eating poorly, because you always have healthy options.

    Cons

    It didn't take long for me to realize what should have been the obvious. Facebook culture is largely superficial and materialistic. Now this may be more prevalent in my department, but I think it's fairly standard for the company. In my first days, I met with each person on my team and made an effort to learn their communication style and how I could support them. I even scheduled follow-up meetings to address any concerns. Each week my manager met with me and gave me vague, negative feedback, but never gave me any positive feedback. The criticism never felt constructive. I asked if I could be given specific examples of what I had done wrong, so that I could improve, and none were given. Instead I was given adjectives of my personality to describe me in a negative light.

    I was let go, and again given a vague explanation. Only that I had done nothing wrong. I saw at least 5 other people in in my department get let go (who were good performers) simply because they didn't fit right with the team. I tried very hard to be accepted, but felt I was not given a chance. This company cares more about how popular you are than how much work you get done. Even though I often stayed the latest, it did not matter because I was invited to less parties, happy hours, etc. and did not partake in celebrity and colleague gossip.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage people to be themselves. Having a more reserved and professional demeanor is NOT a bad thing. Take the time to get to know individuals for their uniqueness. Offer concrete feedback, and highlight what your employees have achieved as well. In general, treat people with respect and worry less about how much other people like you. I think fb could do better if it felt more like an office at times, and less like a sorority/high school/summer camp.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Best company ever"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Facebook has the most open culture of any company I've worked at. Smart people (I know people say that about other large companies, but the caliber of Facebook is MUCH higher). Great food ;) Best place to work bar none.

    Cons

    Freedom is given to the individual, which is great when the individuals have vision (which is orthogonal to talent), not so great when they are doing random things.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work! Facebook is AWESOME!!!


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Every day is fun because I work with the best, most passionate and excited people"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Menlo Park, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people are amazing. Everyone is so smart and passionate about what they do that you never have negative conversations about someone wanting to get their way just because they want their way.

    The culture of getting stuff done as fast as possible and trusting to individual ownership to make it work is also huge.

    Cons

    You will work a zillion hours and still not be done with your work.

    Advice to Management

    Be careful about relying on the people you already know and trust too much. The company is getting too big to be run entirely based on trust in a few individuals.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Moves fast, breaks things."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    * High impact job, each change touches millions of people
    * High ownership, there's too much to do
    * Smart people to work with
    * Great food and perks
    * Low management overhead
    * Lots of interesting problems to work on

    Cons

    * Long hours, hard work can be exhausting
    * Very chaotic, plans can shift quickly, you have to be very flexible
    * Other than that, nothing else


  8. "Best internship ever. The culture and opportunities are great."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Product Analyst in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Intern - Product Analyst in Menlo Park, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Facebook as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    They give interns big real responsibilities and expect them to perform. They expose you to different teams and you get a large breadth of experience.

    Cons

    Work life balance is a bit tricky, the environment is great and fun and they push you to perform., but you're still spending a lot of time at work. Possibly because I'm an intern from Canada, I'd work 50-60 hours a week.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Awesome place to work"

    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
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Extremely competent people all around
    - Lot of energy and motivation
    - Strong sense of engineering and hacking culture
    - Clear and transparent messaging from upper management

    Cons

    - Lot of work so you tend to be under pressure most of the time
    - Be ready to feel average even if you have been a star at your previous job (Like I said everyone around you is really good)


  10. "Great company to work. Culture is awesome"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Programmer Analyst in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Contractor - Programmer Analyst in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Facebook as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Employees are very efficient. Uses Latest Technology. Not very process oriented..so you get a chance to quickly solve the issues. Great for young perople to work. Awesome food and perks.

    Cons

    Hectic schedule for full time employees


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Great energy, but not always focused"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vendor Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Vendor Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great perks and friendly people

    Cons

    Not team oriented.
    Fast moving, but not always doing what is best for the company