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Fantastic challenges, great craic, excellent people

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Site Reliability Engineer in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)
Current Employee - Site Reliability Engineer in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)

I have been working at Facebook full-time (More than 3 years)

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

Pros

Despite having several thousand employees, you can still have an impact, and it doesn't have to be "wrote the messaging system", it can be as simple as "made something more efficient, saving hundreds of thousands of dollars over a year", or "enabling someone else to be a rock star". There are great challenges in the infrastructure, and it's a first-hand experience of (at the heart) simple systems interacting in complex ways. Lovely food from the on-campus cafe (really and truly I'd call it a restaurant, the food is that good), break out areas for peace and quiet, and generally excellent and smart co-workers.

Cons

Long days mostly, and the communication lag with HQ. It's possible to get sucked down a rabbit hole for days on end, sinking in far too many hours. However, in the end, it's a personal choice to do hours and hours of work beyond what you're salaried for. The 8 hour lag with California is also a pain in the rear - you either live with 24 hour turnaround on question/answer threads, or you stay late to try and catch someone in real time.

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  1. Best job I ever had!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Developer Support Engineer in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)
    Current Employee - Developer Support Engineer in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)

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

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

    Pros

    - Fantastic culture: FB is moving fast so there are lots of opportunities to work on interesting projects.
    - Impact: you get to work on projects that affect millions of people every day! It's hugely rewarding!
    - Great facilties. Facebook is a fun place to work with a great work environment. This starts with having top-notch screens to nicely designed break out areas.
    - loads of benefits, e.g. health care, free food
    - loads of opportunities to grow within the company. Facebook is still small, so there is always a career path that will enable you to grow into a management role or into a highly impactful individual role!
    - lots of travel if you're up for it
    - Learn: Facebook has a great team that focusses on providing you with training around communication, presentation, time keeping, management skills. Whatever you are interested in!

    Cons

    - work load is high so good project/time management skills are a plus!

  2. A place where engineers can be amazingly effective...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA (US)

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

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

    Pros

    There is little friction between developing product improvements and shipping them. Engineers are generally given lots of authority to figure out the right thing to do and just do it. When people come from other companies they are often shocked by this, but even as the company has grown there are still very few gatekeepers between an engineer and getting their code into production.

    Cons

    Lots of the internal systems can be flaky. Scale is more important than reliability or consistency in some cases, which makes building reliable apps frustrating.

    Advice to Management

    Put more focus on engineering quality and many issues will right themselves.

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