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One of the best places to work

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

I have been working at Facebook full-time for less than a year

Pros

- you can choose your team, and, later, you can change it;
- the company is a significant contributor to open source;
- there are lots of smart people around you;
- plenty of perks (great and varied food, company shuttles, public transportation, bike repair, laundry & dry cleaning, banking, ...)
- powerful hardware to develop on

Cons

- no 401(k) matching;
- some teams work around the clock;
- things are constantly changing in the development process;
- preference for "generalists", who know a little bit of everything and nothing particularly well; it might be hard for "specialists" to find a good team that favors depth vs breadth

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Brand, product and people

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Non-engineer
    Current Employee - Non-engineer

    I have been working at Facebook full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Huge Brand - Arguably the biggest brand name in the tech world to work for. You realize this when people discover that you work for Facebook - at airports, clubs, parties etc.
    - Mark Zuckerberg - He's a real genius, and weekly Q&A's with him provide a great opportunity for you to learn from his personality and way of thinking
    - Transparency - Every employee knows what's coming out. It's incredible that there are too few leaks
    - Focus - Zuck has been able to keep the organization very tightly focused on its goals. Be it through designing the offices in certain way, posters, T-shirts, the way of celebration, weekly Q&As, internal groups etc., everyone seems to be focused on organizational goals.

    Cons

    - Politics in international HQ - It's quite natural, but Irish seem to favor Irish because they realize that they are going to work together longer term compared to international employees. This leads to favoritism, which reflects in (unfair) performance reviews and promotions.

    - Arrogance - Facebook is always in news and a glamorous brand to be associated with. Some employees don't seem to handle this well and come across very arrogant.

    - Culture of Instant glorification - There is a culture of moving fast, which is not well understood by all. Oftentimes times, projects are celebrated at their inception, and brushed under the carpet if the results don't match the initial promise. Also, very often, you see people trying to grab credit of something they had no contribution in, but are in a good position to take credit. There are many such opportunities at Facebook since the product is great, the brand is well known and Facebook is still growing at a tremendous rate. So, sometimes it's frustrating to see people benefiting just by pretending to contribute.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to balance the culture of instant glorification. This is leading to an environment where people are concerned only about short term projects because that's what reflects in their performance review. Oftentimes, these projects are very expensive, but the cost is brushed under the carpet and the results are presented in an over-glorified manner. While this is obvious, managers have no choice but to praise it in public because it's good for their results as well.

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

    Great company, smart people.

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

    I worked at Facebook as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Get to work with really smart people.
    Incredibly fast-paced dev environment.
    Do everything to make you happy - place you on projects you're excited about.
    best perks

    Cons

    Lots of work.
    Almost no cons

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    great job

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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