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Updated May 23, 2017
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  • Work/Life balance could be better (in 182 reviews)

  • Work-life balance: pressure to move fast (in 49 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "I found my people"

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

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

    Pros

    I really feel as though I've found my people.

    I've had this dissonance in past roles: ever since academia years ago, I've been out of the "research" phase and into the "engineer at a X company" stage, where "X" is occasionally a software product but more often a service or commercial product. The culture was not one of making the right things, but making the profitable thing now. Driven by sales people, there was a lot of grandstanding, peacocking, both in the culture and in the message.

    Facebook has my people, my culture. We do things in the way that scales and makes engineering sense. Sure, perfect is the enemy of good enough, but if a temporary shortcut remediates a problem or a need, it's quickly iterated to improve, all the while immersed in a tech culture: Pusheen, Archer, Dr Who, Starwars, memes, the micro-actions that continually reinforce a culture-fit or a culture-miss.

    I'm in the culture fit. Sure, I get a very competitive salary, plus my tech chops improve (when C++ gurus review your work, your C++ quality improves), and the food, and the perks, but above all, this is the place I feel I most fit.

    I'm in my mid-40s. I "get schooled" my mid-20s. ...and it's awesome.

    Cons

    Pace is a killer. The work is complex, as are the discussions about it, I have little fuel in my head to code after work. Big personal desire to keep up to the more efficient engineers. I don't want to pass-a-fault, but want to move-fast, get all the things done. It's exhausting!

    Advice to Management

    Open a highschool.

    We have hired so many of the good people, the recruiting funnel is sparse. We need to grow our engineers. Open a high school to get right-of-first-refusal :)


  2. "Software Engineer at Facebook"

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

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

    Pros

    Amazing coworkers, great comp, great work environment, and great perks.

    Cons

    Amount of work can be quite high from time to time, and finding/digesting all the information you need for your job can be complicated.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Amazing Company, Leadership, Employees and Opportunity"

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

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

    Pros

    Facebook is truly a best-in-class company. They hire the brightest people. The leadership is truly transparent and addresses any new projects or ongoing concerns. The perks are amazing and the opportunity for growth are endless. I love it here

    Cons

    The company is growing quickly and offices are getting crowded.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing! The great leadership has helped this company recruit and grow!


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  5. Helpful (5)

    "Poor Work Culture"

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

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

    Pros

    - Extremely talented staff
    - Excellent development environment
    - Strong feedback in code reviews
    - Flexible work location
    - Convenient services provided (shuttles, food, laundry, gym, etc)

    Cons

    - Terrible work life balance
    - Myopic semiannual performance reviews (straight up Hunger Games)
    - No vision or direction for products
    - Competitive and poorly adjusted coworkers (the average engineer is very strange)

    Advice to Management

    Don't allow people with very limited work experience to become managers. All of my managers were terrible, had extremely limited vision, and could not keep the team cohesive and motivated.

    Facebook Response

    May 24, 2017 – Director, Global Recruiting Programs and Operations

    We appreciate your feedback. Taking care of our people is a top priority and as we grow and scale, we will continue to invest significantly in growing the company's future leaders.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "I learned I didn't want to be a software engineer"

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

    Great perks, very flexible work environment

    Cons

    8-10 hours of programming a day for three months was just not for me. Might be for you though. GREAT place to be if it's for you


  7. "Great place; stagnated growth"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Participant Recruiter in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Research Participant Recruiter in Menlo Park, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The perks are unbeatable and it's a great place to start a career, learn how to function in a fast-paced environment, and learn the principles of work/life balance.

    Cons

    I experienced stagnated growth. Internal mobility was hard, especially for those of us who were high performers.

    Advice to Management

    Don't just say that you want to grow your people, actually help them find opportunities to stay with the company and grow beyond their current roles.


  8. "A 100% real Great Place To Work!"

    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 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Mission, Culture and Benefits are the best!

    Cons

    The main challenge is the Traffic during rush hours!


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Best job/company I will ever work for. Hands down."

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

    The list of pros is endless:
    - Company culture (they don't just talk the talk - the culture really IS as good as it sounds, if not better)
    - The most brilliant people in the world are your coworkers and friends
    - Amazing managers and management philosophy
    - Endless opportunities to grow, learn, stretch, move around, change, and to have impact
    - Best perks you'll ever find (amazing benefits, pto, parental leave, food, wellness, the list goes on)
    - Incredible leaders (Mark, Sheryl, Schrep, etc) with visions for the future and love for what they do
    - Facebook TRULY cares about its people above all else

    I could go on and on - Its the #1 place to work for a reason.

    Cons

    None really that I can think of. I mean it. Everything I could say as a con really ends up being neutral or positive in one way or another. Manage your time well, find balance in your life, and be a champion of your own career and you will be fine.


  10. "Best"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Menlo Park, CA

    Pros

    Amazing people, culture, product, and collaboration model. Very happy at the company overall and impressed w the vision. Love the company.

    Cons

    Compensation is below par for those who have been at the company beyond their vesting period or who have internally transferred


  11. "Great Place"

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

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

    Pros

    Great approach. Fast paced and engaging. True to core values.

    Cons

    Cliques dominate the work environment


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