Facebook Reviews

Updated 24 October 2014
Updated 24 October 2014
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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 64 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.  

    A workplace with a lot of opportunities

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dubai (United Arab Emirates)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dubai (United Arab Emirates)

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

    Pros

    - The main reason why working for Facebook is great, is the opportunity to move roles as it allows you to always strive on your ambition and face more interesting challenges. It gives you the opportunity to constantly excel.
    - Another benefit of working here is the fact that almost most of the colleagues are high achievers, thus always inspiring to do more and to do it better.
    - The culture is very warm, open and fun. I worry that I would never be able to find this working environment again.
    - Salary is very competitive, benefits are very fair.
    - Moreover, the working environment is full of respect, and even in case there was a disagreement it would never amount to more than that, usually solvable and manager is ready to step in and find a solution, all done in a very smooth and civil way.
    - The parties are super awesome, and the time they invest in them, shows how much they care about making us happy!

    Cons

    Since you're surrounded by high achievers, you could probably have sleepless nights. Yet this is only to drive yourself and challenge yourself. I wouldn't say it's a complete con, unless you let it affect you very negatively. Because on the other hand we are always encourage to apply work life balance.

    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.  

    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
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  5.  

    Best place to work in the mid-to-big-sized companies

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA (US)

    I have been working at Facebook full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    A lot of work to be done -> means you have flexibility on what to work and there's ample opportunities to do something awesome.
    Perks are amazing, but they're made so you don't stress with the little details of life -> I work less hours in average than my previous top-company-job but achieve a lot more in that time.
    No micro management overall (obviously there are black sheep everywhere) -> you do need to know how to prioritize and work by yourself without being pushed though
    Mission and vision that matter to the world -> "Don't be evil", eh? Right. Here we're truly connecting the world. Very few teams focus on revenue, which is awesome.
    Excellent compensation -> do I need to say more?
    Travel to HQ if you're a remote team -> it's not so often so I enjoy it (personal thing though)

    Cons

    The other "G" giant has a few more extra perks that are nicer, but you can live without them.
    Growing very fast. Hoping quality does not deteriorate but things can get messy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't overgrow without having the right managers, projects, trainings involved. Don't sacrifice the flexibility and openess due to this.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Simply one of the best places to work - tons of opportunities for high performers.

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    Current Employee - Manager In Sales
    Current Employee - Manager In Sales

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

    Pros

    High impact jobs from day one. Lots of responsibility, constant learning - they invest a lot into employees - training courses & personal coaches if you are a high performer. Possible to get promoted really quickly if you are good. Lots of opportunities to move into new roles, as everything is very dynamic. Super open culture, you can talk to anybody no matter how high up they are. Very inspiring workplace - your colleagues are the best out there.

    Cons

    People who are looking for a straight career path & who are looking to get challenges presented to them on a silver plate are in the wrong place. It's go in and discover the problems yourself, solve them and build up a reputation. Also, every career is different, as the company is very dynamic - so you won't find that straight-line progression you see in traditional companies.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    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
  8.  

    a company where I can make impact

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    Current Employee - Global Marketing Solutions in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Global Marketing Solutions in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Everyone talks about the amazing perks etc. But that is not the biggest pro. The values are. For me the fact that I can do what I am good at, and really make a a huge impact is absolutely fantastic. Things are going very fast, even with the current company size. Maybe even faster. At Facebook there is a saying that every day is a week, and for me that is true. I think it is very special that moving fast and setting high standards of performance this can go hand in hand with being really good to employees too.

    Cons

    Keeping up with the pace is sometimes hard, and keeping an overview of all the things that happen. I love our internal groups, and responsive people are to help each other. This at least helps me to speed up on things that matter to me in my job

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Facebook has a great mission and a great set of values. Every time the company uses these as a filter to what we are doing, it makes so much sense. If that is for assessing a new solution, a change in the organization set up or an acquisition. My advice is to keep on doing this, and apply this to all Facebook does.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    The best of the best

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer

    I have been working at Facebook full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The company perks, work that you do, and the tools to enable you to get that work done are unparalleled or equal to best in the industry. It does not get better than this.
    Culture is open and there you mostly know where the company is headed.

    Cons

    Facebook has a highly customized codebase, and that should be supported by the same level of documentation.
    Now the company is big enough that there are groups of people that stay with each other according to their tenure at the company, and that sometimes is hard for someone newer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the awesome work. Work a little more on new employee integration and keeping the culture alive.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    It was fair - lots of opportunities to learn - few opportunities to work on interesting projects

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    Former Employee - Product Manager in Menlo Park, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Menlo Park, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    High compensation, generous time-off. Good food. (the hamburger place is always tasty). The propaganda is usually enticing and the sweet shop keeps you fat.

    Cons

    Company culture is broken. Office leadership is broken. Work is not challenging or interesting.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Before hiring new employees, please be honest with them about what working at Facebook is truly like and what the projects they will work on are in reality. Don't lie and use your company brand collateral to rope in smart and motivated people to only then suck their souls out of their bodies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion 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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