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Updated 16 November 2014
Updated 16 November 2014
817 Reviews
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Pros
  • You have occasion to work with super smart people from the industry (in 82 reviews)

  • Amazing office culture and community and the free food doesn't hurt (in 67 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.  

    Work and learn from really smart people

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (more than an year)

    Pros

    - Great people
    - Free food
    - Amazing culture that focuses on impact
    - Lots of work
    - As much responsibility as you want

    Cons

    - Lots of work
    - Takes time to learn how to work at Facebook
    - Your career is in your hands

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good, very good!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Facebook

    Pros

    management cares deeply about your career direction, and alwys pushes you a little bit to grow, accept more responsabilities, and learn as much as possible.

    Cons

    flip side of this is that is not the place for people to kick back and relax in a comforting job rrole that you do the same thing day in and day out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    work/life balance is sometimes askew particulary in smaller teams

  3. 9 people found this helpful  

    Facebook set me up for success

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in Menlo Park, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in Menlo Park, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Facebook is a top tech company like Google, LinkedIn, Apple and many others. All of these companies offer basically the same thing: great engineers, good money, free food, impacting zillions of people and interesting tech problems. Facebook has a few things that set it apart:

    1. Open-ness. Root on every box, access to every source repo. I very rarely had to wait to receive credentials to do anything. At other jobs you're often blocked sitting at your desk for a few days waiting for access to some repository.

    2. Control over your career. You don't get hired into a specific team -- you choose it (in recent years they've added a list of teams you can choose from, but there's still a lot of variety). And if you get bored or feel stalled, you're encouraged to switch teams.

    I don't think other companies offer those things. The real list of pros is huge, but since they could be applied to other companies I don't include them here.

    The only reason I left is because I always wanted to start my own startup. Otherwise I would have stayed forever.

    Cons

    With everyone switching teams all the time there is often a lot of lost tribal knowledge. So there's parts of the codebase that no one understands anymore.

    Since the Great Shift to Mobile there's been a focus on quality at the expense of moving fast. I really liked the Move Fast and Break Things mentality of Facebook when I joined, and though people disagree with me, I prefer it to the "don't ship it until it's perfect" mentality (I think many of the independent Facebook apps waited too long to launch).

    Another thing that no one will agree with me on is the work-life balance. I have noticed a trend of people working less, hackathons running during the day, etc. I think your average employee is less driven and moves slower than a few years ago. This used to be a place where people were obsessed with shipping above all else. It isn't that anymore. This is a pro for some people but not for me. I'm giving it a 5 because I think it's good for your life, not because I agree with that balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I wish the PR team was more proactive rather than reactive. I understand how press cycles work, but Facebook does try to do the right thing and constantly gets skewered. I think shaking this team up a bit would help.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Phenomenal for Those Who Are Driven by the Mission

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

    I have been working at Facebook full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Mission driven, entrepreneurial, benefits, high growth, focus more on results, hard-working but supportive in terms of achieving balance, fun environment, jerky behavior not as tolerated as other environments

    Cons

    chaotic at times, growing pains, hard to keep up, more emphasis on individual contributions than strong management

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Facebook full-time

    Pros

    Open culture, benefits, fun, food, in general it's a great atmosphere

    Cons

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    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Internship at FB

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

    I worked at Facebook as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Free food
    flexible
    smart people
    good pay
    nothing else

    Cons

    Busy
    tired
    code is hacky
    can work from home
    food is not good

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Enriching experience

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

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

    Pros

    Everyone is easily approachable, very diverse and open culture, free food and drinks, state of the art technologies to learn from.

    Cons

    No sleeping or napping pods.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Awesome

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

    I worked at Facebook as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    1. Great working environment
    2. Free food and frequent offsites

    Cons

    1. Very steep learning curve

  10.  

    Construction

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Construction in Jackson, MS (US)
    Former Employee - Construction in Jackson, MS (US)

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

    Pros

    I like work in the construction

    Cons

    Loss time wen is raising

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ok

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Not as important as Mark says

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA (US)

    I worked at Facebook as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    The office, the perks, the food, etc. All top notch. The team is excited and hard working. There are many smart people solving many hard problems.

    Cons

    The product just isn't that exciting. Sure, it's used by a billion people daily, but it's still just Facebook. The company culture prides themselves on the importance of Facebook, but the reality is, the employees are completely out-of-touch from how real people use Facebook.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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