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Updated 14 December 2014
Updated 14 December 2014
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Pros
  • You have occasion to work with super smart people from the industry (in 85 reviews)

  • Amazing office culture and community and the free food doesn't hurt (in 69 reviews)


Cons
  • Another thing that no one will agree with me on is the work-life balance (in 54 reviews)

  • Long hours away from home, due to my own commute situation and long working hours (in 26 reviews)

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    Account Manager

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    Former Employee - Account Manager in Sydney
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Sydney

    I worked at Facebook full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The people are excellent, iss them!

    Cons

    too much food! I have gained 10 pounds!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Slow down

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Amazing experience, never a dull day.

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    Current Employee - Account Manager in Sydney
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Sydney

    I have been working at Facebook

    Pros

    Industry changing work. Forward thinking team. Casual workplace.

    Cons

    Long hours, challenging at times.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3. 111 people found this helpful  

    Open, fast, no bs

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    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA (US)

    I worked at Facebook full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    It might be easy to roll your eyes when people from Facebook say how open their culture is, but it's true; it's more open than any other place I've worked at. At a company wide-level, secret projects, public incidents, important non-public business metrics and the like are all openly discussed. You can ask questions about them directly to Zuckerburg at the weekly Q&A. I think the idea is that if everyone is on the same page or at least, differing views are heard, the company will be stronger, and solutions may be offered from a place you didn't expect. This is much different from previous companies I worked at, where discussions on internal email lists would be shut down by some lawyer saying that there's certain things that can't be discussed, and important data is divided up to groups and individuals on a "need to know" basis, etc.

    This culture applies at a lower level too. You feel comfortable giving feedback to each other about each other, about product decisions, about management, etc. The flipside of this openness is that you of course, have to be willing to receive the feedback, you have to recognize that while openness and feedback is highly encouraged, decisions have to get made, and actions and data are more valuable than words. At the higher level, since the company trusts employees with access to so much information, keeping such info confidential from the outside world is taken seriously.

    It's a great place to work as an engineer. You're given a lot of freedom, but it's also a responsibility to make sure you're doing things that are valuable. You don't get much credit for working hard or being smart if you don't produce valuable output.

    One cool thing about Facebook, in contrast to other comparable companies (Google, Amazon, and Microsoft, though in truth, FB is much smaller), is how they have a pretty singular focus. Even with the differing areas (including advertising and such), they do a good job of keeping their eye on their mission of connecting as many people as possible. I also think they are way more empathetic to their users than most people give them credit for. It seems like popular opinion has it that FB is arrogant and only cares about its users insomuch as they represent $-signs. From within the company, it didn't feel this way at all. I saw a lot of empathy towards users, and a lot effort spent to improve or things or fix broken things with no direct financial benefit. The strategy is not complex. The thinking is that if they can make FB easier and more fun to use, then more people will use it for more time each day (which will also have a network effect of attracting even more people to use it), then the advertising dollars will follow. Of course, it is true that FB wants to make the audience more accessible to advertisers as well, but there are a lot of people at FB who care about privacy and security.

    They have really good infrastructure and really great ways to share the infrastructure and code. They have a lot of cool internal tools, and what they've built is really impressive, and more importantly, it helps your team build products faster without having to solve problems that someone else already solved. Every software company tries to do this, but FB seems to have been more successful with it. Perhaps it's because they're still relatively small, but if anything, I can at least say it is very cool while it lasts.

    The perks and work environment are great, unless you're one of those types that can't stand open office spaces. I've worked in both a private office and open offices in multiple companies. While I do think a private office has some benefits, I mostly think it's a personal luxury for the employee and a huge waste of money for the company. I'd much rather have the money go into other areas like salary, benefits, and other workplace improvements rather than the added real estate necessary to have offices.

    Of course, you've heard about the food and snacks. They have an amazing selection of great stuff, and what I like about it is that it sort of goes above and beyond expectations. Sure, some days, lunch is better than others, but I really can't complain, and the selection of drinks and snacks is amazing. It's not like you should work at FB just because of that, but it demonstrates FB's desire to make work as fun and convenient as possible.

    You'll be surrounded by people who like being there. I can't think of a better environment to work in. If you have a giant ego, you may not like it as much. Respect is definitely given to those that have deep experience in the industry, and they are expected to lead others and mentor more junior employees. However, if for whatever reason, you can't perform at the level expected, no one is going to care if you did this and that at Google or shipped ten things at MS, etc.

    FB also has a lot of fun events, and I made a lot of friends working there, so going to the events was fun. Also, if you're older and worried that FB is just a bunch of 22-year-olds, and that you won't fit in, I wouldn't worry about that. FB does have a lot of young employees (who are really smart btw), and it does hire a lot of people straight out of college, but it also attracts a lot of experienced engineers from other top companies like Google, MS, Amazon, etc.

    Work-life-balance seemed totally normal to me. It may be different depending on your team, but I felt you could do 40-50 hours of work a week for the most part and you would be totally fine. It's about what you produce, not how hard you're working. Other team members who had children would work normal hours and go home at normal times. I didn't see any of these folks have a problem when they left early to take care of their child or things like that. Of course, there could be times that people are expected to work extra if something critical happens, but for the most part everyone wants to avoid this and this happens sparingly, from what I observed. Now, there were many times where I chose to work late myself, but I never felt any pressure to do so. The caveat is that there are on-call rotations, and in addition, even if you are not on-call, you are expected to be reasonably available if the on-call person needs your help. However, again, no one wants this, and your team will work on ways to avoid these situations.

    The best thing I can say is that working at FB is about productivity. I didn't experience and political bs and it was a pleasure working with a group of people who were all concerned with producing a good product and making the best of the time spent while doing it.

    Cons

    FB expects a lot out of engineers, and you can't slack off. Of course, you shouldn't slack off at any job, but since FB is pretty fast-paced, there is a risk that you'll have trouble adjusting at first.

    FB has a lot of custom infrastructure and tools, and prehaps more impressively, it works great. It makes doing your job really great, but on the other hand, you'll end up learning a lot of stuff that won't be applicable elsewhere.

    FB's code-base is very good in some ways, but in other ways, it's not as great as some of the existing engineers think it is. I don't think this is that big of a deal, but the important part is that as an engineer, you need to quickly learn FB's values and practices and "get with the program" so to speak. If you don't like some things, then you just have to deal with it, as it's not likely you're going to change people's minds at this point. The nice thing is that things are at least very consistent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to focus on how you are going to maintain the existing culture and protocols as you grow. I think this could be really tough.

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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Awesome internship experience

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern in Menlo Park, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern in Menlo Park, CA (US)

    I worked at Facebook as an intern

    Pros

    I was interning at the HQ. It's a very cool place with many perks including a music room, arcade room, gym, outdoor courts, many restaurants and virtually any game you can think of spread across the campus. The salary is good and the housing is great. A great place to work with its policy to be open about everything going in the company to all employees - even interns. Also the intern program is really good - they have awesome people over there organising things for interns and helping us with intern stuff in general.

    Cons

    I would say that the work/life balance could be better.

    Recommends
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  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fun fun fun

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

    I have been working at Facebook full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Nice smart people to work with
    Excellent culture and values
    Good metrics measured, both human-wise (e.g. manager approval rates) and engineering wise.
    Flexibility in choice of team, work from home options etc.
    Amazing perks

    Cons

    Growing pains - growth is so fast that it is hard to maintain culture and knowledge.
    Messy code base and obscure/obsolete technologies.
    It is not uncommon for teams to be made mostly (or entirely!) from employees with under 1yr of experience which slows everything down.
    With all the perks and fun, it's still a job. Some people forget that.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Concentrate on providing more perks that save time and energy such as laundry service and gym, things that improve our productivity.

    Be careful not to turn perks into time focus & energy wasters, such as collecting receipts for external sports activity. Is avoiding the few abusers of the 60$ a month perk really worth the hassle for everyone else to collect file and submit over 70 receipts for 10$ each throughout the year?

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Facebook Inc.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menlo Park, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menlo Park, CA (US)

    I have been working at Facebook

    Pros

    A seamless synthesis in thoughts, attention to detail and ideas that lead too great product development . An ability too learn within, you $git too write code.

    Cons

    There are no cons too working at Facebook inc.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Amazing people, big impact, doing cool things in the world

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menlo Park, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menlo Park, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    By far the best thing about Facebook is its people. I am continuously impressed by my colleagues, even as the company has grown. I love the impact that I can have individually in my role, and am proud to be part of an organization that has such a positive impact in the world. It's important to me that what I do matters.

    Cons

    I really love everything about Facebook.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Extraordinary experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Facebook

    Pros

    Great work culture, great environment, "smallest big-company", revenue:#employee ratio, etc.

    Cons

    Typically, there are days that require long hours.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great internship program

    Current Employee - Front End Engineer in Menlo Park, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Front End Engineer in Menlo Park, CA (US)

    I have been working at Facebook as an intern

    Pros

    Great campus and people
    Learn a lot
    Company is expanding so moving up is pretty natural

    Cons

    Work and life tend to bleed over into each other
    Almost feels like an extension of college; can feel kind of ridiculous (people will occasionally leave the office to play beer pong in the afternoon)

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Strong culture of passion, learning, and engineering excellence

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Facebook full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Strong culture of passion, learning, openness / transparency, direct feedback, and everything is designed around empowering engineers to ship things quickly with a lot of autonomy. Growing everywhere and lots of opportunities for driving projects at whatever level you are able. And the people are wonderful - many of them feel like old friends even though we've worked together only a short time.

    Cons

    I agree with comments that this is not the place for someone who wants to coast. There's a general feeling that people here believe they're doing some of the most important, best work in their career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep working hard to keep the culture great.

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