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Updated 24 April 2015
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  1. Software Engineer

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Very good culture and very good benefit.

    Cons

    A little bit of working overtime

  2. Passion matters

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Facebook full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Passionate work environment. The people obviously care about the products they ship and the people they ship it to. Definitely an environment where growth is encouraged and pushed for.

    - Perks, perks, perks. I seriously gained some weight here.

    -

    Cons

    - Nothing I can think of in regards to the company itself

  3. Helpful (2)

    Friendly people, interesting work but no work-life balance.

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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 (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Smart, hardworking people
    - Great internal tools and tech
    - You get a lot of freedom as an employee, and your ideas are valued by your manager and your peers if they are good.
    - Great perks
      - Free food - Great cafeteria and decent selection of snacks and drinks at the micro-kitchen, plus two bars :)
      - Decent gym allowance

    Cons

    - No work life balance. To be fair, a fair number of people at FB work 40 hour weeks and are pretty successful, but it's not uncommon for people to work 10 hours a day or more, or work on a weekend because they are overloaded with work to do. A lot of people (including me) don't have any friends outside of work.
    - The whole "We're changing the world" thing starts to get old after a while.

    Advice to Management

    You're doing a great job, keep it up! I'm not sure what can be done to address the work-life balance issue, but in my mind that's the only major issue with working at Facebook.

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  5. intern

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Facebook as an intern

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    good company with nice prospects and a great vision with a comeptative salary. Chilled athmosphere when working for the company and paid benefits.

    Cons

    very boring daily work and very hard to get into the company with a lot of pressure to perform and excel during work. overtime is not paid and only few holiday days are given.

    Advice to Management

    Expand further through mergers and acquisions but by doing so try to maintain the main focus. Try to keep junior talent longer in the company and pay more money for their education.

  6. Environmental Design Manager

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    Former Employee - Environmental Design Manager in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Environmental Design Manager in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I worked at Facebook full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It was a great culture and great people. The mission of the company was huge, and they encouraged big thinking. Lots of fun things happened on a daily basis.

    Cons

    Politics entered the company when it reached a certain scale. Bigger teams were more difficult to ship work as fast as it used to.

    Advice to Management

    keep innovating and making bold decisions. focus on the people that use the product, and making a meaningful experience.

  7. Technical Recruiter

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Recruiter in Austin, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Technical Recruiter in Austin, TX (US)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Food, People, Product, Culture, Perks

    Cons

    In downtown so the commute is a long time.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up.

  8. GREAT

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Facebook

    Pros

    GREAT WORKING ENVIRONMENT! The people you work with are all top-notch, highly motivated and competent. You learn about many new technologies and the work you do has immediate impact.

    Cons

    Not all teams are similar, some treat contractors like their own where other teams don't really interact with their contractors.

  9. software engineer

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Facebook

    Pros

    move fast, free meals, great benefits

    Cons

    i don't like the new location of facebook seattle

  10. Helpful (1)

    Software Engineer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Facebook

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of talented people to work with

    Cons

    Management is really immature and lack training

  11. Helpful (7)

    Not for Everyone

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

    I worked at Facebook full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Perks & pay are top notch. Some of the engineers are truly talented.

    Cons

    As the title says, FB is not for everybody IMO. The recent set of 1-star ratings list pretty much all the things that made me leave: questionable work-life-balance, no planning/structure, arrogant/ignorant coworkers, every man for himself/every woman for herself, cliques, political, inept managers, poor communication/rumor mill/back-stabbing, no teamwork, management by attention-deficit disorder.

    The work-life-balance issue goes beyond the mere hours: it is expected that you become FB friends with all your coworkers, managers, etc. FB makes it impossible for the realm of your private life to remain separate from your workplace and coworkers. This wasn't working for me, but I recognize that for others this isn't an issue.

    It seemed to me that much that is broken at FB is perpetuated by the in-clique and in fact gets sold as the great achievements of FB's unique culture.

    Advice to Management

    Do what every other successful company your size does: train you managers so they can:
    * create teams that work together on common goals,
    * foster good communication
    * help their team plan and be successful
    You're holding on to ideas that may have worked when you were a start-up (no code ownership, no planning, documentation?, tests?). Your so-called culture is a liability, especially if you let incompetent managers corrupt it to the opposite of the values you want to stand for.

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