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Updated 20 October 2014
Updated 20 October 2014
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Pros
  • You have occasion to work with super smart people from the industry (in 81 reviews)

  • Amazing office culture and community and the free food doesn't hurt (in 64 reviews)


Cons
  • Another thing that no one will agree with me on is the work-life balance (in 51 reviews)

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

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Facebook Austin - Lean Out: A Contractor Story

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Ads Integrity Analyst in Austin, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Ads Integrity Analyst in Austin, TX (US)

    I have been working at Facebook as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    So you want to work at Facebook Austin (FBA). Perhaps you are enchanted by the product, liking and friending your brains out on a daily basis, and now want to crack open the hood and explore its inner workings. Maybe its high satisfaction rating (among the best out there) is an especially motivating carrot. Or at some point you were regaled by stories of beer pong debauchery, free endless catered smorgasbords, and more baubles than the love child of a Brookstone and an As Seen on TV store. Whatever your reason, if you’re applying for a contract position, there are some things to note in order to adjust your expectations.

    There are two castes within this tech world: contractors and full-time employees (FTEs). The distinction is important, as applicants who consider a contract position to be a short-term version of an FTE will be woefully disappointed. Though once at the level of the Morlocks and Eloi, the discrepancy in treatment has improved in recent years and FBA in particular took note of the divide and instituted changes. Nevertheless, the two groups remain distinct in work and treatment.

    As a contractor, you’re not being hired for your ideas or to make giant leaps forward on the team. You’re being hired because engineering hasn’t created an effective algorithm to make that position obsolete. You are a stop-gap measure. A well-fed and liquored stop-gap measure, but a stop-gap measure nevertheless. Even the type of candidate that is sought after for a contract position is markedly different from that of an FTE. Of course, this is the nature of all contract work, not just contract work at FBA.

    What is distinct about contract work at FBA is its manipulation of its workers. For those earnest people who believe that a contract position will be your entre into an FTE role, lean back on those hopes. Remember, you will be hired with a different set of criteria than that of an FTE. Yes, it could happen. I’ve seen it. But only a degenerate gambler would take that bet. In my experience so far (<1year), I’ve seen more than a handful of contractors, actively encouraged by management to apply for full-time positions only to be turned down by the same team who told them to apply.

    After these candidates are deemed “not a good fit,” they go back to their roles and continue to work hard and do a good job. Management notes this and so these contractors are given added responsibilities, and some are even given team lead/managerial type roles- but only in responsibility, not title or pay. You can spin this inequality in terms of an opportunity to gain more good work experience, however, management continues to lead on these workers with pseudo promises of a new position that will become available “soon” or that they are working on creating a position just for that worker because “they are so valuable to the team.” But, these opportunities never appear.

    This review isn’t meant to be a slanted deprecation of FBA. I’ve gotten a lot out of my time here. There are talented and brilliant people, fascinating concepts to explore, and of course the food and trinkets. My intent is to set expectations for the next group of contractors and to point out a bit of deception (intended or not) by management. This is an awesome role and place but don’t come in starry-eyed. Just pump the breaks on your high hopes, lean back, and enjoy the ride.

    Cons

    See above for negative aspects.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't make promises you have no intention of (or can't) keep.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Keep Up With the Clique

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    - insane perks (barber, laundry, dry cleaning, car detailing, fitness facilities, stipend for food and entertainment, childcare, etc.)
    - tremendous stock upside
    - competitive (but not overboard) base salaries
    - generous bi-yearly bonuses

    Cons

    Out of sight, out of mind. Be prepared to always be social with everyone. Engage everyone at the company both online and offline at all times. This can get tiring if you're not naturally that kind of person. The people that are the friendliest with the decision-makers always get preference. Its not the kind of place that you can keep your head down, have a small group of friends, do good work, and be successful. You need to be socially matrixed to the maximum level. If not, you might be let go...

    Also, they didn't get to be a big behemoth by ignoring the little things. There are a lot of mundane tasks to be done. There are also lots of small optimizations to be made that move numbers up but don't necessarily impact the end-user experience that much. It's easy to lose sight of a good process that asks "why?" and instead work tirelessly (and rapidly) to move numbers up for no good reason (other than to move numbers up).

    Lots of time is required out of normal business hours. This can be challenging for people with families.

    Some orgs are better run than others. Choose wisely, and do your homework, out of bootcamp.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Break up the clique-culture. Its like an 8th grade schoolyard in there (replete with the puppy-love romances).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Positive experience in a company that is growing Google style

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Client Partner in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)
    Current Employee - Client Partner in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)

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

    Pros

    great benefits and perks.
    good worklife style
    great products

    Cons

    too much competition
    tendency to take executives from outside rather than promoting employees from inside

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good food, great work culture

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Temporary Worker in Menlo Park, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Temporary Worker in Menlo Park, CA (US)

    I have been working at Facebook as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    - Micro kitchens have a good nice variety

    - Awesome food choices around the campus during lunch and dinner times.

    - Very good work environment, in terms of getting tech equipments that make you work more efficiently and comfortable.

    - Mostly engineer-driven place, so a lot of smart people to motivate you to do well.

    - Community Operations management is nice. As long as you get your work done and don't slack off, the work environment is enjoyable.

    Cons

    - Discrimination between permanent employees vs. temporary employees.

    - Long commute to work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure temporary workers feel just as important as permanent employees (ex. include them in activities).
    You never know where they will end up in their career, so it will pay off in the long run if you are nice to them earlier on.

    "It is nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice. Treat others how you want to be treated."

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    ok

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Facebook part-time

    Pros

    balance promotions time off good pay and benefits

    Cons

    difficult work environment rude workers perks office culture training

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get it together

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

    It's so inspiring to work with so many professional and smart people in such a free atmosphere. Every project you're working on is both challenging and interesting.

    Cons

    Basically I find it hard to complain about Facebook. Although I heard someone complained about the work/life balance, I really feel at ease about it and it depends on the team you're working on.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great Company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Ads in Menlo Park, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Ads in Menlo Park, CA (US)

    I have been working at Facebook as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great benefits. Lots of freedom. Ability to learn so much.

    Cons

    Too much food can be a distraction, but a good one.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Very fast-paced, lots of impact.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Communications in Menlo Park, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Communications in Menlo Park, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    The fact that Facebook's product touches 1.3 BILLION people on a monthly basis is incredible. To support a community this large, everyone who works at Facebook must be willing to act fast, and often take risk. You are given a lot of autonomy in your role; however, FB is also surprisingly collaborative. I have never worked at a company where literally everyone I work with is equally as smart and hard-working across the board.

    Cons

    There are tons of resources for training and leadership here, but often not enough time to take advantage of everything that is offered.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I find the most successful managers are those who encourage their employees to take advantage of what is offered to every FB employee. Taking vacation is important, as is parental leave. Our leadership team does a great job of taking time off and encouraging others at the company to do the same.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Not a bad experience overall

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Facebook

    Pros

    Good working environment
    Good company value

    Cons

    low social life , less hike

  11.  

    Developer Operations Analyst

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Developer Operations Analyst in Menlo Park, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Developer Operations Analyst in Menlo Park, CA (US)

    I have been working at Facebook as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    I look forward to getting up in the morning and coming in to work with friends!

    Cons

    The commute from San Francisco. (not really a company thing)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay awesome! Provide opportunities for people to learn more (i.e. classes)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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