Facebook Senior Software Engineer Reviews

Updated Sep 8, 2020

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  1. "My work experience"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Menlo Park, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Facebook full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    High salary, good job atmosphere, nice people and a nice area.

    Cons

    Very competative, easy to get fired

  2. COVID-19

    "Good so far"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Senior Software Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Facebook for less than a year

    Pros

    Work from home during Covid

    Cons

    None so far, Just covid


  3. "Good place to start your career"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Menlo Park, CA

    I have been working at Facebook full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good opportunities for career advancement Seniority doesn't matter much in making your voice heard

    Cons

    Experience and opportunities vary greatly by team Poor external impression of the company

  4. "Senior software engineer"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Facebook full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    work life balance is good

    Cons

    no free food & gym

  5. "good pay but hard work"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Facebook full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    pay and perks are good.

    Cons

    communication breakdowns can make working hard

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  6. Helpful (3)

    "Great place to grow, superior internal mobility"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Menlo Park, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Facebook full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - large range of technical problems, working alongside motivated people (often industry leaders) - people management is taken seriously; it’s a separate career track, generally done by those with aptitude and care for others - growth oriented culture; you’re always pushed to tackle something that challenges you - switching teams is low-barrier; hackamonth concept allows for a two way try out (team/you)

    Cons

    - constant negative press associated with the company - mandatory promotion to E5 with a “you’ll be fired after 36 months if you’re not on track to get promoted” policy - data oriented to a fault, at times. everything has to be proven to others; experience and believability weighting is lacking - tricky to achieve work life balance since expectations are high and the pace is fast

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  7. "Good company overall"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Senior Staff Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Facebook full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Interesting challenges, smart people, great pay and benefits

    Cons

    Focus on Ads is tiresome

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Great company to work at - do not believe to different news"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Menlo Park, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Facebook full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    I work in company for 6 months, but I like how company works and operates. One of policies is an openness - this includes famous weekly Q&As. Senior management tries to explain the background behind decisions, so you know why one or another thing had to be done. In general everything focuses on making product which would be better for customers. There were a number of mistakes makes with privacy perspective, but there is a trend to improve this. This is very good approach - instead of hiding mistakes, company focuses on fixing them. After getting an offer I was not sure to join the company because of its reputation, but being inside I figured out most of this is an exaggerations to make a hype in news. Work style is very flexible - you want to deliver new things, to make an impact, but from another perspective, it is not demanding and it is far from sweat factory in some other companies. It left time to learn something, you can attend many meeting remotely. Work life balance is very good - it is difficult to improve it without affecting the work (someone should do the work, right?). There are a lot of young people around (ex-students, but usually with great knowledge), but also there are still a number of experienced people - so aging doesn't seems to be a problem at FB.

    Cons

    Work style is open space. Many new buildings are awesome, while a number of old buildings are depressing - dimmed lighting, gray ceilings. Some buildings have a quiet policy, but for others it is not so good. I'd recommend remodel old buildings (hack, paint ceiling to a white, so it will reflect the light, install better lighting, work with designers!), split large rooms into smaller, team-sized rooms, add more VC rooms so people could easier get on conference call without disturbing others. Another minus is hyper-concentrated campus in Menlo Park. It is difficult to find a good, reasonable-priced rent in that area. It works well for young people, but for families with kids there are a lot of other factors to be taken into account, so Menlo Park area just doesn't work.

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  9. "Great company for having an internship or to work full time"

    5.0
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Menlo Park, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Facebook full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good pay, Great coworkers, Fun events, amazing internal tools already built

    Cons

    They are now a big company and changing some culture aspects from when they were smaller You spent a lot of time learning their own API instead of learning things you can use in general in other companies too

  10. Helpful (2)

    "Good company - moves fast but with a lot of churn."

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Menlo Park, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Facebook full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Moves fast; always innovating. Pay is great.

    Cons

    Many initiatives are started and shutdown with a short period of time. You have to chose your projects, teams and skillsets wisely.

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