Facebook Reviews

Updated 14 October 2014
Updated 14 October 2014
782 Reviews
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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 63 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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    Account Manager

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    Former Employee - Account Manager in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Sydney (Australia)

    I worked at Facebook full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The people are excellent, iss them!

    Cons

    too much food! I have gained 10 pounds!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Slow down

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Very open, fluid, fast-paced.

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

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

    Pros

    There is a high degree of freedom to work on projects you're passionate about. The development cycle is very fast, with a very efficient and fluid deployment system. Great perks, and plenty of conventions and company events to go to. Opportunities to learn new technologies through professional development programs. You better be at the top of your game, everyone is incredibly smart and talented.

    Cons

    Due to the nature of the open, "hacker" culture, there is a lack of ownership, and a drive to come up with a working solution as fast as possible (i.e. a "hack"). This leads to a patchwork-like infrastructure, with each component "tacked" onto the existing framework, and old components taken out due to a lack of maintenance. Picture a custom-built hand-tuned muscle car, periodically upgraded with individual state-of-the-art components, as opposed to a sleek new Lamborghini.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    A lot of work but very engaging

    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

    A dynamic place to work with a lot of smart people. People very willing to help each other out and collaborate. Great perks and the opportunity to have a say for.

    Cons

    Work life balance is very out of whack. You have to work a lot of hours, but more importantly this doesn't seem to make people much more productive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out ways to make the engineering workload easier, or figure out how to harness people's extra working hours in a productive way.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    software engineer

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Facebook

    Pros

    good food, environment, and people here

    Cons

    I don't know any cons here

  6.  

    Great Company

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    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
  7.  

    Fast paced company with incredible positive work culture

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    Former Employee - MBA Business
    Former Employee - MBA Business

    I worked at Facebook full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    People (unique, smart, friendly, team oriented), Trainings, Work Culture, Benefits (amazing food!), Flexible Work Hours, International Environment, Global Structure, Values, Opportunities to have impact, Opportunities to work autonomous, flat hierarchy, Amazing Team and Company Events

    Cons

    Not always clear, which career steps and when they can be pursued.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clarify opportunities for development and promotions with ambitious employees instead of hiring externally

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Very fast-paced, lots of impact.

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    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
  9.  

    Developer Operations Analyst

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    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
  10.  

    Fun and impactful

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    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

    Fast moving company culture
    Fun, hard-working, and smart employees
    Great perks/competitive compensation
    Work on a product that billions of people use
    Company has a variety of technical issues they have to tackle, and that you can work on
    Meritocracy; evaluated based on impact, not how much your manager likes you.

    Cons

    Takes a while to get familiar with the code base due to some of their unique technologies, tools, and sheer size of their code base.
    Code documentation could be better.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Immature company

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    Former Employee - Expense Analyst in Menlo Park, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Expense Analyst in Menlo Park, CA (US)

    I worked at Facebook as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Casual environment, healthy snacks provided, fun campus, pay is great

    Cons

    Many of the employees are arrogant, which seems to be encouraged by management. There are a complete lack of processes and an attitude of being too cutting edge to create them. They treat contractors like second class citizens. There is definitely a culture of us and them, also people are more than willing to throw others under the bus to look good. It would be a fun job if you're 22, but if you have worked at a company that is established, the immaturity is apparent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You're still a young company, you're not "too ahead" to set up processes. Need to train employees better, not just sink or swim!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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