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Updated December 7, 2017
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  • Work-life balance can be an issue (in 217 reviews)

  • Work-life balance: pressure to move fast (in 58 reviews)

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  1. "Awesome Experience"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Software Engineer in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Intern - Software Engineer in Menlo Park, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Facebook as an intern

    Pros

    The pay is amazing. Environment is very friendly and open. Opportunity for advancement everywhere.

    Cons

    outside of the city. Not much to do.

    Advice to Management

    none


  2. Helpful (1)

    "FB still needs to work out some kinks with its contractors.."

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Menlo Park, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Facebook as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great company culture, access to a beautiful campus, free food/snacks, interesting projects to contribute to

    Cons

    currently experiencing "growing pains" where there's too much people, not enough space.. hated the very obvious negative sentiments towards contractors coming from the FTE's (as if they purposely intend to keep you both separated, doesn't fit the "inclusive" vibe they're trying to portray.. very little opportunities to convert to a full time employee, lots of extra responsibilities thrown your way since you're a contractor you fill in the voids where needed.

    Advice to Management

    practice what you preach - if you truly want to be an inclusive, diverse company you need to start with revisiting the way you treat your contractors.. esp considering there's more of us now than ever.

  3. "Working at Facebook as a senior engineering leader"

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    Current Employee - Director of Engineering in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Director of Engineering in Menlo Park, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Empowerment, culture, infrastructure, autonomy, impact, comp

    Cons

    Much of the internal mythology about the company's culture isn't really true anymore, now that the company has grown to more than 20K employees. It's still a great place to work, but because the reality doesn't match the speeches it often leaves people feeling betrayed and disillusioned when FB turns out to just be a large tech company.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "great benefits, youth culture"

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    Former Employee - Product Manager in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Menlo Park, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Facebook (More than a year)

    Pros

    outstanding benefits, good people overall

    Cons

    One thing I noticed was the first person to 'post' an idea ultimately gets credit for the idea, even if they didn't originate it. Makes it hard to discuss ideas or work collaboratively without fear that your ideas will get stolen. I guess it's part of moving fast and breaking things. Also, propaganda posters decorate all the buildings. They're there for inspiration but it felt more like cultish brainwashing. My opinions could be because I was older than about 92% or the population at Menlo Park which skews toward college grads and under 30s. For a veteran of the industry, some of the soft and sentimental "stories" sometimes ring false. Some people simply want to go to work and do a job without having to make it a life changing experience.

    Advice to Management

    It's great to have a place with free food and couches and old timey arcade games but actual recognition for work performed would be cool too.


  5. "Great company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menlo Park, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Facebook full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Open culture, Innovation, smart people, great benefits & perks

    Cons

    Big teams, more process in place


  6. "It was great."

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    Former Employee - Communications Manager in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Communications Manager in Menlo Park, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great perks and benefits, challenging and positive vibe.

    Cons

    overbearing culture, poor work life balance, hard to escape.

    Advice to Management

    None.


  7. "Fantastic company"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Menlo Park, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Open culture, friendly co-workers, people genuinely trying to do good.

    Cons

    Company is starting to become more and more bureaucratic as it grows.

    Advice to Management

    PSC can do great damage on the hands of toxic people.

  8. "Great Time"

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    Former Intern - Software Engineering Intern in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Intern - Software Engineering Intern in Menlo Park, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Facebook as an intern

    Pros

    Worked on page insights team

    Cons

    I really liked being at Facebook.


  9. Helpful (6)

    "Director Corporate Communications"

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    Former Employee - Director of Communications in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Director of Communications in Menlo Park, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Challenging, fast-paced, and lots to learn. Great benefits, though some of them seem a bit unnecessary and wasteful (I don't need another free t-shirt every time we move buildings).

    Cons

    The performance review process is very political with no set guidelines for evaluation. If you get along well with your boss and people generally like you, you'll do great. That said, it is very easy for a manager or a co-worker to tank you anonymously and with little evidence.

    Advice to Management

    Way too many internal reorganizations - about every six months or so. Very unsettling and difficult to succeed when you have a new manager once a year.


  10. "SWE Intern"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Menlo Park, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Facebook as an intern

    Pros

    -awesome culture
    -food is great
    -amazing perks

    Cons

    -work is kind of boring
    -feels huge


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