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Facebook Reviews in San Francisco, CA

Updated 12 December, 2014
Updated 12 December, 2014
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Pros
  • You have occasion to work with super smart people from the industry (in 85 reviews)

  • Amazing office culture and community and the free food doesn't hurt (in 69 reviews)


Cons
  • Another thing that no one will agree with me on is the work-life balance (in 54 reviews)

  • Long hours away from home, due to my own commute situation and long working hours (in 26 reviews)

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Awesome internship experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    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

    Pros

    I was interning at the HQ. It's a very cool place with many perks including a music room, arcade room, gym, outdoor courts, many restaurants and virtually any game you can think of spread across the campus. The salary is good and the housing is great. A great place to work with its policy to be open about everything going in the company to all employees - even interns. Also the intern program is really good - they have awesome people over there organising things for interns and helping us with intern stuff in general.

    Cons

    I would say that the work/life balance could be better.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fun fun fun

    • 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 (less than an year)

    Pros

    Nice smart people to work with
    Excellent culture and values
    Good metrics measured, both human-wise (e.g. manager approval rates) and engineering wise.
    Flexibility in choice of team, work from home options etc.
    Amazing perks

    Cons

    Growing pains - growth is so fast that it is hard to maintain culture and knowledge.
    Messy code base and obscure/obsolete technologies.
    It is not uncommon for teams to be made mostly (or entirely!) from employees with under 1yr of experience which slows everything down.
    With all the perks and fun, it's still a job. Some people forget that.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Concentrate on providing more perks that save time and energy such as laundry service and gym, things that improve our productivity.

    Be careful not to turn perks into time focus & energy wasters, such as collecting receipts for external sports activity. Is avoiding the few abusers of the 60$ a month perk really worth the hassle for everyone else to collect file and submit over 70 receipts for 10$ each throughout the year?

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great internship program

    Current Employee - Front End Engineer in Menlo Park, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Front End Engineer in Menlo Park, CA (US)

    I have been working at Facebook as an intern

    Pros

    Great campus and people
    Learn a lot
    Company is expanding so moving up is pretty natural

    Cons

    Work and life tend to bleed over into each other
    Almost feels like an extension of college; can feel kind of ridiculous (people will occasionally leave the office to play beer pong in the afternoon)

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    Facebook Inc.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menlo Park, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menlo Park, CA (US)

    I have been working at Facebook

    Pros

    A seamless synthesis in thoughts, attention to detail and ideas that lead too great product development . An ability too learn within, you $git too write code.

    Cons

    There are no cons too working at Facebook inc.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Amazing people, big impact, doing cool things in the world

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menlo Park, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menlo Park, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    By far the best thing about Facebook is its people. I am continuously impressed by my colleagues, even as the company has grown. I love the impact that I can have individually in my role, and am proud to be part of an organization that has such a positive impact in the world. It's important to me that what I do matters.

    Cons

    I really love everything about Facebook.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    The best first job I could have ever thought of.

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    • 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 3 years)

    Pros

    Super smart colleagues, inspiring goals, high impact work and very high compensation for successful engineers

    Cons

    None that I can think of.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Facebook provides the means to invent the future

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Menlo Park, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Menlo Park, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    My compensation is extraordinarily high.
    The pipeline from research to deployment for a billion users is incredibly fast.
    The management is absolutely amazing.
    Resources are virtually unlimited.
    Facebook tries hard to do good, and unquestionably is doing well.
    Almost everyone is younger than me.

    Cons

    Though not the fault of anyone, really, there are too few hours in the day.
    Almost everyone is younger than me.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The senior management has got to be among the best in history; they listen to our advice, but surely their own advice to us is far more valuable.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Facetastic!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Production Engineer in Menlo Park, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Production Engineer in Menlo Park, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Smart people, pretty close to meritocratic, interesting challenges, high levels of transparency and super flat hierarchies considering the size of the company.

    Cons

    Due to emphasis on promoting managers from individual contributors some managers are not great at people management. Because of the limited top-down management sometimes you end up in tech debt that might've been avoided. Facebook is not really set up for employees with families, although they are getting better. Someone is always smarter than you...

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Experience.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    There are lots of interesting projects for interns, including building the tool for fraud transactions management.

    Cons

    The campus is not big. There aren't many choices for food. But I really enjoyed my time.

    Recommends
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Phenomenal for Those Who Are Driven by the Mission

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Menlo Park, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Director in Menlo Park, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Mission driven, entrepreneurial, benefits, high growth, focus more on results, hard-working but supportive in terms of achieving balance, fun environment, jerky behavior not as tolerated as other environments

    Cons

    chaotic at times, growing pains, hard to keep up, more emphasis on individual contributions than strong management

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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