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Updated September 22, 2017
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  • Work-life balance can be an issue (in 202 reviews)

  • Work-life balance: pressure to move fast (in 52 reviews)

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  1. "The greatest."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

    Ever since I joined straight out of college, I've experienced nothing short of greatness at Facebook. The employees are extremely bright. The career opportunities are right in front of me. The CEO truly cares about the world outside of his company.

    I'm indebted to Facebook for giving a wide-eyed college grad the opportunity to make an impact in the world around me.

    Cons

    Since I'm straight out of college and have only been at the company around a year, I don't feel any problems with the work/life balance. Maybe down the line when I have a wife and kids, but Facebook is pretty cognizant that maintaining W/L balance is a really big thing in the valley.

    Advice to Management

    Keep at it!


  2. "SWE Intern"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Director Corporate Communications"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Finance analyst"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Finance Analyst in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Finance Analyst in Menlo Park, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Motivating, Mission-driven, perks (food, gym benefit, laundry, etc), high responsibility, 21 vacation days, unlimited sick days, easy to switch between roles

    Cons

    long commute and long hours


  5. "Work Review"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Contractor in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Contractor in Menlo Park, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Facebook (More than a year)

    Pros

    - free food
    - free transportation

    Cons

    - you are replaceable


  6. "Amazing Company"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Hardware Engineer in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Hardware Engineer in Menlo Park, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    * Most free and self actualizing environment I have ever worked in.
    * I am encouraged to pursue my strengths and passions through out the organization.
    * I have an awesome manager that actually works to empower me to do my best work.
    * Tons of perks and awesome benefits

    Cons

    If you need a lot of structure, you wont find it here. This can be a con for some, a pro for others.


  7. "The only career limiting move is not to play."

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

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

    Pros

    I do whatever I want all day. Literal dream job.

    Cons

    We're really starting to not hire only rockstars.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more n00bs and fresh college grads so we can grow the rockstars we need.

  8. "Good overall experience"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Software Engineer in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Intern - Software Engineer in Menlo Park, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free food :p , intelligent peers, nice campus and you can learn from all the codebase which is the best part

    Cons

    Sometimes you compromise on your work life balance given how much your peers work you drag yourself into that vicious circle


  9. "Recruiting's Rejects"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Recruiter in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Recruiter in Menlo Park, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Benefits are second to none. They give you a lot but they also expect a lot from you as well.

    - The company is innovating and revenue growth is phenomenal. Which means the equity value grows significantly YoY.

    - Comp is good here. Facebook generally overpays a lot of recruiters compared to Google, Amazon, and Microsoft. This could be attributed to desperation because of how difficult it's been to hire recruiters.

    Cons

    - The bar has significantly dropped in recruiting. Because of the hyper growth Facebook is going through they've been forced to hire inexperienced recruiters and also rejects who weren't able to hack it in other top tech companies & start-ups. It used to mean a lot to be a full time recruiter at Facebook. Now it feels like they're giving an offer to anyone with a pulse. Inexperienced recruiters or bad ones can attribute to poor candidate experience and headaches for other recruiters.

    - Performance Reviews many times aren't a true reflection of individual performance. It's a problem that many companies have and Facebook is one of them.

    - The company has become so corporate. It's like you're just another number and the impact you're making is insignificant.

    - Work Life Balance is terrible. In order to be successful here you'll need to work well over 50 hours per week.

    Advice to Management

    - Don't play favorites so much. Reward based on merit not who you like the most.

    - Stop hiring so many bad recruiters!!!


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Preserve positive team cultures"

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

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

    Pros

    Great opportunities to work on high impact products. Fast moving pace which is fun and exciting.

    Cons

    New managers are poorly trained which leads to the worst type of management style - micromanagement. Senior team members are reporting to managers who are below their job level. This stifles the opportunity for senior people to grow. I would urge leadership to carefully select managers and think seriously about the impact that junior managers have on a team. Overall research team culture can be very cliquey and being honest with your feedback can come with a price. Junior folks appear to have huge egos and want to get ahead regardless of whether or not they are doing the right thing for the team.

    Advice to Management

    Do everything you can to keep the company culture positive and healthy. Some teams at Facebook have a very open and healthy culture where honest feedback is valued. Sadly other teams do not reflect the company values.


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