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Updated 26 April 2015
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  1. Environmental Design Manager

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Environmental Design Manager in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Environmental Design Manager in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I worked at Facebook full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It was a great culture and great people. The mission of the company was huge, and they encouraged big thinking. Lots of fun things happened on a daily basis.

    Cons

    Politics entered the company when it reached a certain scale. Bigger teams were more difficult to ship work as fast as it used to.

    Advice to Management

    keep innovating and making bold decisions. focus on the people that use the product, and making a meaningful experience.

  2. Technical Recruiter

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Recruiter in Austin, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Technical Recruiter in Austin, TX (US)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Food, People, Product, Culture, Perks

    Cons

    In downtown so the commute is a long time.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up.

  3. GREAT

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Facebook

    Pros

    GREAT WORKING ENVIRONMENT! The people you work with are all top-notch, highly motivated and competent. You learn about many new technologies and the work you do has immediate impact.

    Cons

    Not all teams are similar, some treat contractors like their own where other teams don't really interact with their contractors.

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  5. software engineer

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Facebook

    Pros

    move fast, free meals, great benefits

    Cons

    i don't like the new location of facebook seattle

  6. intern

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Facebook as an intern

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    good company with nice prospects and a great vision with a comeptative salary. Chilled athmosphere when working for the company and paid benefits.

    Cons

    very boring daily work and very hard to get into the company with a lot of pressure to perform and excel during work. overtime is not paid and only few holiday days are given.

    Advice to Management

    Expand further through mergers and acquisions but by doing so try to maintain the main focus. Try to keep junior talent longer in the company and pay more money for their education.

  7. Helpful (1)

    Software Engineer

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

    I have been working at Facebook

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of talented people to work with

    Cons

    Management is really immature and lack training

  8. Helpful (8)

    Not for Everyone

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Menlo Park, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Menlo Park, CA (US)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Perks & pay are top notch. Some of the engineers are truly talented.

    Cons

    As the title says, FB is not for everybody IMO. The recent set of 1-star ratings list pretty much all the things that made me leave: questionable work-life-balance, no planning/structure, arrogant/ignorant coworkers, every man for himself/every woman for herself, cliques, political, inept managers, poor communication/rumor mill/back-stabbing, no teamwork, management by attention-deficit disorder.

    The work-life-balance issue goes beyond the mere hours: it is expected that you become FB friends with all your coworkers, managers, etc. FB makes it impossible for the realm of your private life to remain separate from your workplace and coworkers. This wasn't working for me, but I recognize that for others this isn't an issue.

    It seemed to me that much that is broken at FB is perpetuated by the in-clique and in fact gets sold as the great achievements of FB's unique culture.

    Advice to Management

    Do what every other successful company your size does: train you managers so they can:
    * create teams that work together on common goals,
    * foster good communication
    * help their team plan and be successful
    You're holding on to ideas that may have worked when you were a start-up (no code ownership, no planning, documentation?, tests?). Your so-called culture is a liability, especially if you let incompetent managers corrupt it to the opposite of the values you want to stand for.

  9. Emerging Markets Specilaist

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Facebook

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Perks Culture Mark Food People

    Cons

    Nothing that comes to mind. Maybe salary

  10. Amazing company to work for

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Competitive, collaborative and challenging work environment

    Cons

    Really really really high expectations

  11. Nepotism, Cliques, Immature Workers, Unpleasing Experience For Contractors

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Community Operations in Menlo Park, CA (US)
    Current Contractor - Community Operations in Menlo Park, CA (US)

    I have been working at Facebook as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Free food (breakfast, lunch, dinner, desserts, boba)
    - Free shuttle (it's free for now, until they become like Google)
    - Freedom in daily job tasks (not a ton of micro-management)
    - Looks of internal company groups that perm/temp workers can join

    Cons

    - NEPOTISM, FAVORITISM, AND IMMATURE WORKERS
    A lot of college grads are hired for temporary positions in the Community Operations department (possibly other departments as well), which calls for an immature work environment. Permanent employees favor certain temp workers, and promote them or give them more responsibilities. College grads look down on people older than them, and permanent workers overlook hard workers (statistics are skewed because there is nepotism and favoritism involved). Some temp workers are undervalued for their hard work and 'let go' without many facts to back it up.

    - NO WORK LIFE BALANCE, UNREALISTIC EXPECTATIONS
    Although there is not a lot of micro-management and you have freedom to accomplish your daily job tasks, the expectations are too high and they are unrealistic. If you don't meet the manager or senior-staffs' quality or quantity, they "let you go" without a just cause. The judgement system is not fair, because there is nepotism and favoritism among temp workers. Temp workers are shunned and ridiculed in front of everyone during quality review time. This causes the work environment to be very harsh, unfriendly and NOT a fun place to work. Permanent workers are PASSIVE-AGGRESSIVE and don't try to help you improve in your job tasks, let alone even train you well when you first started working for Facebook.

    - NO SUPPORT OR ENCOURAGEMENT FOR TEMP WORKERS
    Contractors are hired fast and "let go" fast. It feels like more than 50% of the workforce are temp workers. Permanent workers view temp workers as just their 'slaves' to do their unwanted job tasks. No one really cares about your career growth, nor care about you as a person. You are just a 'slave' to the permanent workers, so move on to a new job when you get a chance.

    - LOW PAY FOR TEMP WORKERS (HUGE DISCREPANCY IN PAY BETWEEN PRO UNLIMITED AND OTHER STAFFING COMPANIES)
    The pay is extremely different between Pro Unlimited and other staffing companies. If you were hired by Pro Unlimited, that is good news for you because you are getting paid a lot more in dollars per hour. If you came from another staffing company, you are being paid a lot lower and should try to find a new job that pays more for your hard work.

    - PERMANENT WORKERS LOOK DOWN ON TEMP WORKERS
    This does not just exist at Facebook, but it is sad that it happens at Facebook. Permanent workers act entitled, and think that the world revolves around them.

    - HARDLY ANY TRANSITION BETWEEN TEMP TO PERM
    If you are a temp worker, don't expect to be hired as a permanent worker. Facebook usually hires permanent workers externally and do not even encourage temp workers to try to transition as a permanent worker. Work hard, but take it with you. Don't expect that they will create a permanent opportunity for you to stay longer than your contract. Once it ends, it's over. Move on with your life and find something better.

    Advice to Management

    - Hire more experienced, IMPARTIAL permanent employees that do not show favoritism among temporary workers.
    - Have realistic expectations and empathy for your temp workers. Just because you don't do their daily job tasks, it doesn't mean you should raise the bar extremely high......just so you look good in the eyes of your own boss.
    - Have more support and encourage your temp workers to be productive, proactive and provide them resources to do so.

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