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Facebook – Why Work For Us?

Working at Facebook means you get to work on a product that over one billion people around the world use. We're looking for people who can solve challenging problems, make a real impact and build something big. Sound interesting, you should join us!

Facebook Reviews

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  • Helpful (2)

    Friendly people, interesting work but no work-life balance.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in London, England
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in London, England

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Smart, hardworking people
    - Great internal tools and tech
    - You get a lot of freedom as an employee, and your ideas are valued by your manager and your peers if they are good.
    - Great perks
      - Free food - Great cafeteria and decent selection of snacks and drinks at the micro-kitchen, plus two bars :)
      - Decent gym allowance

    Cons

    - No work life balance. To be fair, a fair number of people at FB work 40 hour weeks and are pretty successful, but it's not uncommon for people to work 10 hours a day or more, or work on a weekend because they are overloaded with work to do. A lot of people (including me) don't have any friends outside of work.
    - The whole "We're changing the world" thing starts to get old after a while.

    Advice to Management

    You're doing a great job, keep it up! I'm not sure what can be done to address the work-life balance issue, but in my mind that's the only major issue with working at Facebook.

Facebook Interviews

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Interview Difficulty

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  1. Helpful (8)  

    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in London, England
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter – interviewed at Facebook (London, England).

    Interview

    Here's my opinion from my experience interviewing at Facebook.

    They tell you the process in advance. One phone interview, 5 in house interviews (3 coding, 1 design and 1 behavioural). All interviews are 45 minutes each and one-on-one, and you have to write code in all of the coding interviews, and possibly in the design one too. In the first round, one person decides whether you get through or not. In the 5 rounds, each interviewer provides their feedback after you have finished the interviews which means that if you do badly in one then the other interviewers won't actually know.

    Be fully aware, and make no mistake about this - there is an incredibly high possibility that you will get rejected. That sounds harsh but consider it from their position - huge numbers of people apply, huge numbers get interviewed, and they have to pick people out somehow. They also say that they prefer to avoid hiring the wrong person so ultimately they end up inadvertantly rejecting good candidates incase they turn out to be a bad hire, so the risk of getting rejecting is even higher. Basically, this means you are most likely going to be wasting a ridiculous amount of your time and effort. Perhaps because of this, they are incredibly nice and friendly. This really was the nicest and most pleasant interview I have had.

    Also, once you understand the scenario, it really helps to kill your nerves if you suffer from that. After all, why stress about something you have practically no chance of succeeding in? Negative, true, but the odds are really stacked against you and you would do well to understand that and just be yourself.

    The questions are not that hard, I found. In fact, I solved the first one so quickly I even surprised myself. You do have to write on the whiteboard, but that of course means that there can not be much code to write since a whiteboard is not that big. Indeed the questions are not that hard really. I felt that they do expect you to talk about what you are doing but also to get it right very quickly and without any mistakes. They want to see how you approach the problem etc., but get real - they don't want to see you fumbling around, they want to see that you know the answer and can bang it out.

    Ultimately, even if you know the answer to the technical questions and you get them right you will still likely fail over something you can't really control or even know about. In my case, they said I didn't have management experience, but you know what, I didn't apply for a manager role and they never even asked about management or leadership at all. I was pretty annoyed to be honest, it felt like a complete waste of my time and I felt like an idiot for worrying so much about the interviews.

    They do provide you with some preparation links which are useful. There is also a book called Cracking The Coding Interview. It doesn't have their questions in it of course, but it gives you plenty of examples on how to solve these kinds of questions so if you read up on it you should be able to bang them out quite easily.

    Overall, it is worth going just to see if you can handle it because you probably can! Just make sure that you feel good about what you achieved even if they say no.

    Interview Questions

    • Make sure you can tell them what YOU actually did in your previous projects, not what the project was.

      Know how to traverse data structures.

      Know what the time/space complexity is.

      Seriously, it really isn't that hard but you do need to know it so well that you can literally write it flawlessly. They want to see that you arrive at the decision to use a tree/hashtable/graph whatever, but then they expect you to bang out that solution.
       
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Facebook Awards and Accolades

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25 Highest Rated Companies Hiring Interns Right Now, Glassdoor, 2014
Glassdoor’s Employees’ Choice Award - Top 50 Large Companies, Glassdoor, 2014
Employees’ Choice -50 Best Places to Work, Glassdoor, 2012
The Worlds Most Innovative Companies 2010 (#1), Fast Company, 2010
50 Most Innovative Companies, BusinessWeek, 2009
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Additional Info

Website www.facebook.com
Headquarters Menlo Park, CA
Size 5,000+ Employees
Founded 2004
Type Company - Public (FB)
Industry Information Technology
Revenue £5 to £10 billion (GBP) per year
Competitors Google, Pinterest, Microsoft

Facebook was built to help people connect and share, and over the last decade our tools have played a critical part in changing how people around the world communicate. With over a billion people using Facebook and more than fifty offices around the world, Facebook strives to hire the best people who want to move fast and make an impact. The company empowers people in every... More

Mission: Facebook’s mission is to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected. People use Facebook to stay connected with friends and family, to... More

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