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Updated Jul 27, 2014
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4.5 685 reviews

96% Approve of the CEO

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg

(597 ratings)

91% 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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    Exciting to work and make an impact immedately . But it is starting to get big

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsCan work with very smart people and make impact immidiately

    ConsIts getting bigger and too many people now

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    Not so great unless you are FTE

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsPleasant atmosphere. Convenient onsite perks. Friendly, well-meaning people. Opportunities to be hired in-house if someone likes you.

    ConsAs a vendor you are a second-class citizen. One may have the responsibility for a project, but no one consults your opinion on how to best execute. Too much top-down, one-way communication. Reactionary, impulsive decision making based on limited, often incorrect or incomplete, information makes it difficult to focus and be effective on longterm goals.

    Everything is based on relationships. So if you are an FTE, you could be completely inept, inappropriate, offensive and egotistical, (--as long as it's to a vendor--) but if you get along well with the right people, it's overlooked.

    I recommend working here only as an FTE.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSurvey your contingent and contract workers. Most of these people are just as dedicated, intelligent and capable. Practice more inclusion and gratitude.

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

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat place to work and get things done, tons of energy, no obstacles to creativity, very, very, very talented people

    ConsDo not even consider a full-time role here if you are over 40. The average employee is very young, and doesn't know how to treat more senior people with anything more than patronizing, sophomoric arrogance, you know: "You might think you've done this before and know what you're doing, but even though I've never done it before I'm going to be able to do it better than you." The company is lucky that it is being buoyed by ad revenue, which makes up for a lot of short sightedness when it comes to management and the efficiency brought by experience

    Advice to Senior ManagementOpen up to a truly diverse workforce that is designing social networking tools for the whole world, not just for the people who work at Facebook today.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Public Policy Internship (Former Employee) Washington, DC (US)

    ProsFree food, interesting work, good stuff, great stuff, awesome awesome awesome things are the best

    ConsBecause of the nature of the work, I wasn't able to take any work samples because everything was confidential.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep it up

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

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    Not for the faint of heart!

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsCollege campus type atmosphere; sometimes you don't even feel like you are at work.
    Food, and lots of it.
    There are some really terrific people who work here.
    IT needs are very easy to get handled and the vending machines are a huge plus.
    Good benefits package.

    ConsConstant re-orgs and changing priorities can make it hard to keep up.
    Glaring differences between good managers and bad managers.
    No work/life balance; long hours; must work a lot just to stay afloat; difficult for those with families and/or small children.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagers should take more time to make sure their people are not dying a slow death due to the pace. More encouragement and time for training or personal growth.

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    Transparency. Trust. Compassion. Food.

    User Operations Associate (Current Employee)

    ProsFacebook truly values the important things in life (to me, at least).

    - The culture and dialog is open about everything. Whether it's with your manager, on your team or concerning a company wide issue.
    - The amount of power entrusted to employees is huge. You are empowered to go explore and find data, build things, and generally chose the course of action you think will have the most impact.
    - Managers force you to go home if you're not feeling well. Miss your kid's all star game to stay at work and you'll get weird looks. Perform your core function well and you have so much leeway in how you spend your time - (how it should be, right?)
    - The food is so good.

    Cons- Sometimes it's momentarily discouraging surrounded by such smart, driven, all-around awesome people. And it can be harder to stand out for excellence (despite internal commitment to acknowledging successes in public and private).
    - On occasion the community can be overly sensitive

    Advice to Senior Management- Focus on being transparent with users
    - Simplicity should be a major pillar of the vast majority of new products
    - Keep the user first in all decisions

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

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    Interesting work, ample learing opportunities, smart people, great perks, excellent compensation, fun environment

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

    ProsThe biggest problem with working for Facebook is showing up to work every day (well, not every day since the work-from-home policy is pretty liberal) and thinking, "Man, this must be a bubble. I mean, there's a bouncy house, 10 scotch bars, and they're roasting a pig in Hacker Square."

    But, if you can stand that, the rest is great.

    ConsGotta be REALLY careful with data. Despite what you see on Facebook, there is nothing that Facebook is more concerned about than protecting its users' data. People "disappear" from time to time, and the reason is usually that someone *&(^ed up and did something with data that they shouldn't have, whether accidentally or intentionally.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCareful with the B-School BS. Let's keep it a no-nonsense, engineering-focused company. Stop using the (non)word, "learnings." Squash any hint of bureaucracy.

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

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    Great place to work at, but pressure tends to be high.

    Software Engineer (Current Employee) Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    Pros1) Ownership of software
    2) Responsibilities are given
    3) No lack of projects
    4) Compensation and package is awesome

    Cons1) Pressure tends to be high
    2) long working hours
    3) Management is ineffective
    4) Managers sometimes aren't very understanding
    5) A lot of employees have the fear of getting fired for performance

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Client Partner (Current Employee) Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)

    Prostop notch, couldn't be better

    Consno complains so far. Only the weather.

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    High energy, very smart people, really does 'move fast', lots of opportunity to advance.

    Data Scientist (Current Employee) Seattle, WA (US)

    ProsMaking a difference in and out of Facebook. Mission of connecting people is beneficial to millions of people. Compensation and perks very good. Lacks bureaucracy. Good equipment. Self-starters can go far. Free, fresh food and drinks. Paid parking.

    ConsOpen plan offices can get noisy/crowded. Everyone has headphones.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAllow more time for individual/team projects started from the 'ground up'.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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