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Updated 18 April 2018
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  • work life balance is pretty tough to maintain (in 244 reviews)

  • Be prepared to work long, long hours (in 58 reviews)

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  1. "Empowered and Emotionally intelligent engineers"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in London, England
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing tools and code that make implementing new services and features extremely quick with high quality.

    Cons

    Too much proprietary tech, hard for you to keep in touch with what the rest of the world is using when Facebook is run on mostly in house built tools.

    Advice to Management

    Don't forget what made people join Facebook in the first place. It is not always about the money and prestige.


  2. "Great opportunities, incredible impact"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in London, England
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    At Facebook you're given the opportunity to affect billions of people's lives every day. As long as you can make a case for why this will improve people's experience or metrics, you can do whatever you want.

    Cons

    In many parts of the engineering organization, you are expected to set your own goals and will be held accountable to them. If you're used to working in an environment where you're told exactly what to do, this might not be for you.

  3. "Executive Assistant"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in London, England
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great leadership, clear vision, amazing culture and awesome perks

    Cons

    Intensity, opportunities to change careers and grow

    Advice to Management

    :-)


  4. Helpful (5)

    "Amazing company to work for - best learning experience"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Growth Manager in London, England
    Former Employee - Growth Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Fantastic management team, really amazing that even with over 20K employees everyone knows the mission of the company and aligns
    - Well compensated compared to industry average and comes with a host of benefits including travel, free food, gym etc
    - People are so smart - always a learning opportunity to be had
    - Fantastic company culture - love how the company sticks to its core, e.g. weekly Q&As with Zuck, openness and transparency in the company strategy

    Cons

    - Difficult to maintain work-life balance, always on approach
    - Sometimes the lack of resources/processes was a frustration, would result in much more self-admin and sometimes I thought we were very highly paid adminstrators
    - With the need to grow desperation to hire quickly became a burden, meaning the most experienced team members spent a lot of time hiring rather than their core job
    - Upwards progression can be difficult as the nature of the company is quite flat and intentionally non-hierarchical. Means that progression into management and senior roles can be very difficult

    Advice to Management

    Find ways to promote and develop internal talent - you already have lots of smart leaders-to-be. Don't just focus on bringing in talent from external sources.


  5. "Marketing Analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Analyst in London, England
    Current Employee - Marketing Analyst in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Open culture, tons of benefits

    Cons

    Lots of politics and a very bad review cycle. People who do nothing and just famous because they are 'IN' some special circles get tons of positive feedback. The emphasis here is not on the actual work but it's all about 'visibility'. There are people with zero knowledge and all still get ratings because they 'share' stuff done by other people.

    Advice to Management

    Reward people for their 'work', not how popular and visible they are!


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Executive Assistant"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in London, England
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in London, England
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Open culture
    Free breakfast, lunch and dinner
    Ability to work from home
    Ability to work on projects of interest outside your core role
    Travel

    Cons

    Long hours
    Supporting directors across different teams


  7. "Production Engineer"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Production Engineer in London, England
    Current Employee - Production Engineer in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Working at a scale I didn't even dream of
    - Lots of freedom
    - Opportunity to grow quickly
    - Flexibility to move teams within the company
    - Open culture

    Cons

    - Work/life balance
    - High expectations

  8. Helpful (7)

    "Too much busy-ness, not enough real deliverables"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior IC in London, England
    Former Employee - Senior IC in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Facebook full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great physical working environment
    Energy
    Strong aspects of the culture
    Openness of Mark Zuckerburg

    Cons

    Incorrect understanding and execution of the company values:
    Value: Done is better than perfect - the incorrect interpretation is that done and perfect are mutually exclusive, no-one wants to do anything that is perfect.
    Value: We [managers / leaders] are non-directive - incorrect interpretation is that managers do not need to provide direction, the result is that manager are ineffective and simply try to please employees.
    Value: Make an impact - incorrect interpretation is any impact is a good impact, the actual impact of this is that there is little significant impact.

    The company has many conflicting ways of working, for example the short term review process and the want and need to take risks and innovate. The result is that employees do not want to take long term risks as they will be penalised in their next review.

    There is a PIP (personal improvement plan) process to help those underachieving to get back on track. This is only effective at removing people from the company and during new manager training (FME) managers are informed that most people (>80%) that are placed on a PIP leave the company. At the same time the company prides itself on the ability of employees to have tough conversations (Crucial Conversations is a class employees are encouraged to attend) yet no-one has these tough conversations. There is a reliance on processes such as the PIP process to remove people from the company rather than having direct conversations.

    Advice to Management

    Start again with managers. The role of a manager is ineffective due to a belief that Facebook is different. Facebook is different to many companies but you can learn from other companies.

    There is frequently group think and an element of 'Emperor's new clothes' where a senior person makes a suggestion or presents on idea and without debate everyone jumps onboard. I witnessed many incorrect interpretations of external research that is incorrectly applied within the company.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great place for engineers"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in London, England
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Working with bleeding edge technologies
    - Software engineers can also drive product decisions

    Cons

    - Achieving work life balance requires a lot of discipline as there are lots of ameneties in the office that allow you to procrastinate

    Facebook Response

    12 Dec 2017 – Global Director of Recruiting Programs

    Thank you for sharing your experience, and for your continued work in bringing the world closer together.


  10. "Best place"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great environment, great tools, great benefits

    Cons

    Salary is not big enough in London


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