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Updated Jul 20, 2014
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4.5 679 reviews

96% Approve of the CEO

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg

(597 ratings)

92% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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Pros
  • The best thing about this place is that you have so many smart people around you(in 70 reviews)

  • Free food, young and lively coworkers, downtown location(in 53 reviews)


Cons
  • Not the most understanding environment when it comes to work/life balance(in 42 reviews)

  • Long Hours and some times you cant balance work and your personal life(in 24 reviews)

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    2 people found this helpful  

    Good company, too many failures, mostly boring work

    Software Engineer (Former Employee) Seattle, WA (US)

    ProsFacebook is used by everyone, and this is incredible. The Menlo Park campus is really cool and has a great vibe.
    - Great benefits
    - Smart people
    - Impact on millions of people

    ConsI joined Facebook a few years ago because of the agility of the engineering team. Back then, it was true. Today, not as much.
    - Most projects fail due to over-complication and over-engineering
    - Smart people are hampered by large inflexible codebase
    - Very hype-based culture (thing x is the new hotness, everyone on board!)
    - Most of the code is old and not owned by anyone, yet still in production
    - Most work is very mundane and not very exciting

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop being so impatient for "impact" - some projects take time and nurture them.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    4 people found this helpful  

    Drink the koolaid

    Software Engineer (Current Employee) Menlo Park, CA (US)

    ProsFacebook is definitely a great place to work. If you're young (or not) and energetic, you can still do big things here. As an engineer, you still have a lot of control over the direction of your product, at least on the teams I've experienced. I think management is pretty good here as well, and you definitely work with really great engineers. The pay is great, the benefits are awesome, you are largely treated well, but this is a company you can definitely bite into too hard and overwork yourself. The place is still a lot more open internally than other corporate machines, less so since going public. Also, you get the sense that Mark has a vision, and really wants to execute on that. Time will tell if the spur of acquisitions lately are worth it, but he definitely has the balls to act on where he thinks the product is moving.

    ConsI think it says a lot that I can't think of a lot of cons. AND I'm planning to leave the company this year.

    -There are a lot of egos here. Definitely not representative of everyone, but some people slip through the cracks and it can be a drain working with them.
    -The company is starting to feel really big. It's getting harder and harder to do anything very different as you have to convince more and more people that this is a good idea.
    -If you're living in SF, then the location is pretty inconvenient. That and you'll just shove all your free FB swag in a drawer and never look at it again with all the tech protests lately. You can stand out on your team and do a great job at FB, or have a life outside of work. Choose one. I chose the former for too long, and now need to reprioritize.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI have been very happy with management at Facebook. Managers have always tried to grow me, my expectations are clear, my efforts are greatly rewarded, and they try to align me with projects where I will shine. I think the important thing, as we grow, is to hold onto some of the old Facebook. "Move Fast, Break Things" well try not to break stuff, but it would be good to keep the cadence up on engineering and the processes that have crept in over the years to a minimum.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    3 people found this helpful  

    The best place to start!

    Software Engineer (Current Employee) Menlo Park, CA (US)

    ProsRare engineer-driven culture. Many holidays and PTOs. Easy to switch to new team. So many training opportunities.

    ConsYou can have to watch your own personal career path closely. FB managers are young people and not all of them are good at grow people. Some of the managers are great but you need to work on your part hardly.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEverything is great. It is a big company now and will become greater and greater. Zuck is the best CEO.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    2 people found this helpful  

    Huge impact, fun work and lots of autonomy

    Product Manager (Current Employee) Menlo Park, CA (US)

    ProsFacebook combines the best aspects of working at a large public company (lots of resources and lots of institutional knowledge) and a hot startup (lots of super smart people and tons of autonomy). Going to work is a ton of fun. I look forward to tackling new problems each day.

    ConsThe work schedule is pretty intense. Nice thing is that everyone works really hard here. So you don't feel like you're in it on your own. But you definitely have to work pretty hard here.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    3 people found this helpful  

    Great place to work

    Fraud Investigator (Former Employee) Bentonville, AR (US)

    ProsLots of opportunities to try other departments.

    ConsI never had any complaints while I was there.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat people. Smart, driven, and good people.

    ConsEndless workloads and change.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLead by example on work-life balance.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great Perks and Great Pay

    Technical Project Manager (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA (US)

    ProsWorking Conditions are great, the perks are also very good.

    ConsNo cons, this company was great to work with.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNo issues with upper mangement.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Facebook is a great place to work!

    User Operations Specialist (Former Employee) Menlo Park, CA (US)

    ProsInnovative, hard-working, fast paced, friendly, fun, challenging work environment

    ConsDepending on department, there are a lot of cliques. Being close friends with employees in the company is definitely a huge plus to advance in the company.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRemain subjective. Put aside friendships when evaluating people.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

     

    User operations specialist

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsCulture, innovation, focus on impact, perks, flexibility

    ConsSometimes you are defined just by your role. Perception of employees in global offices is less than those a the head office.

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    great place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Menlo Park, CA (US)

    ProsNo limits to what you can touch and achieve. Your surrounded by smart people.

    ConsVery fast paced, have to hustle to do well.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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