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Updated 20 August 2014
Updated 20 August 2014
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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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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Transparency. Trust. Compassion. Food.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - User Operations Associate
    Current Employee - User Operations Associate

    Pros

    Facebook 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 ManagementAdvice

    - 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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Negative

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service  in  Austin, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Customer Service in Austin, TX (US)

    Pros

    The brand name of Facebook carries some power. Also the offices are nice except for the lack of AC in the area I was in.

    Cons

    For lower level employees, Facebook doesn't care about you in terms of salary and is ready to cancel you contract at any time. My contract was canceled for money problems.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make the lower level employees feel valued and have opportunities for personal growth.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

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

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    1) 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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Menlo Park, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menlo Park, CA (US)

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    Gotta 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 ManagementAdvice

    Careful 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Amenities amazing, but you'll work really hard

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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant  in  Menlo Park, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Menlo Park, CA (US)

    Pros

    Wonderful amenities - the food is just outstanding. Everything is home-made and natural or organic. Wide variety with lots of restaurants, and it's all FREE.
    Beautiful campus, bicycles are available for either going from building to building or going for a ride in the afternoon
    Lots of places to relax or lie down if you need a break
    GREAT coffee and a Philz coffee on campus
    Sweet Stop shop if you need a sugar lift in the PM
    Fantastic help desk for IT issues. Anything you need to do your job is given to you. Laptops and phones are top-of-the-line.
    Something is always happening on campus, whether it's a vendor, a celebrity visitor, or Mark Z making an appearance.

    Cons

    Work is always abundant and there is a chaotic atmosphere
    The feel is always "do it right now"
    People are under a lot of pressure to get things done
    Atmosphere can be impersonal because you're so "hooked in" to everyone else electronically, that you can work from home very easily

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great place to work, keep it up!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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

    Pros

    Making 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.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow more time for individual/team projects started from the 'ground up'.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great

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

    Pros

    There is a great work environment.

    Cons

    It is a male dominated environment.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Startup-up culture still evident, but hitting growing pains

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    Current Employee - Product Analyst  in  Menlo Park, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Product Analyst in Menlo Park, CA (US)

    Pros

    Fast paced, high impact, lots of freedom to pursue directions you find interesting, awesome data set, the ability to have an idea and see it implemented and affecting real people in weeks or months instead of years

    Cons

    Work/life balance not great, overarching "connect the world" goal pretty consistent and clear, but specific direction is often lacking and/or inconsistent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too much stress on things that are really just minutiae

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Simply the most amazing place to work at

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

    Pros

    Talented people everywhere, lots of perks.

    Cons

    Hard to manage the work/life balance, hard to keep pace with everything happening since the company is getting larger and larger

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Interesting

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Palo Alto, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA (US)

    Pros

    Have a great experience and meet new people

    Cons

    Workload can be heavy and gruelling for some people

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve training and other things

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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