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Facebook Reviews in San Francisco, CA

Updated 28 January, 2015
Updated 28 January, 2015
862 Reviews
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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.  

    The BEST company I have ever worked for

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - User Operations Contractor in Menlo Park, CA (US)
    Current Employee - User Operations Contractor in Menlo Park, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    -Amazing free food, fully stocked kitchens
    -Open and transparent environment
    -Management that truly cares about their employees
    -Free bikes around campus
    -Beautiful campus that makes me want to live at work
    -A very fun and exciting workplace suitable for young people
    -The culture motivates innovation
    -High pay
    -Working for the BEST CEO of all time!

    Cons

    -contractors are only limited to working at FB for a year, and must wait 3 months to come back

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Communications Intern, less than 1 Year

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Communications Intern in Menlo Park, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Communications Intern in Menlo Park, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    - Training, office environment, benefits, project management, organization, teamwork

    Cons

    - Commute, segmented responsibilities, work-life balance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Once in a lifetime opportunity to create solutions for problems at a scale that not many other companies can even touch.

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

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

    Pros

    - Culture
    - Top leadership
    - Product strength
    - Ability to learn

    Cons

    - It's growing big rapidly, and new rung of leadership is not always clued into "Facebook" culture and style
    - Many teams still bias towards personalities - it matters who you know at Facebook

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    best place to work at

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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 a year)

    Pros

    openness, freedom to choose work & define ones own career path. especially miscellaneous fringe benefits for pursuing extra curricular activities of ones choice

    Cons

    everyone focuses on immediate impact. this can prove to be a bane in the long run, if one does not occasionally stop, slow down to pay the technical debt

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    find ways to make the company stronger in technical wisdom

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Fulfilling roles with lots of responsibility working towards fulfilling a powerful mission.

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

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

    Pros

    Flat org structures
    Growing company and professional opportunities
    Open and transparent leadership
    Incredible employee perks

    Cons

    Frequent management and org changes

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Software Engineer

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    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)

    Pros

    Good foo, good envirment
    The people are all really great and the company really trains you well. Maybe the most structured training program I've seen. Very professional but friendly environment.

    Cons

    too crowded, need to valet parking
    The location isn't ideal. It's kind of a not-so-nice part of town. Many people commute an hour each way, since they don't want to live in the area.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Overall is good
    Your path to success is to hire good people and stay out of their way.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fast paced, fun, young, exciting.

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

    I worked at Facebook

    Pros

    A very fun workplace setting, suitable for young people. Open culture encourages everyone to know exactly what's going on internally. For engineers, you have a wide range of team choices, and you are given the opportunity to learn something completely new. There are a ton of great benefits and you will end up meeting and learning from very intelligent people. Opportunities for growth happen very quickly from what I have seen and people genuinely care about each other. The open environment encourages you to step out of your comfort zone.

    Cons

    Work life balance, or lack thereof. This will depend on your team. There are teams that work long hours and weekends just because they love what they do, or they want to meet a deadline, etc. It can be difficult to have work life balance with smaller teams, but it can be easier to control with a larger team.
    There are a handful of negative people at the company that look down on interns or new hires even though they themselves just started a few months ago. Some people get very sensitive about the products they own, even if they are just internal tools, and are surprisingly very unopened to criticism.
    In the end, it's about the money. If a product is doing very well, there will be a huge hiring push, which can be overwhelming at times.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great culture and great benefits

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

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

    Pros

    - transparent management with frequent Q&A sessions
    - culture that fosters innovation: hackathons, hack-a-month, not afraid to take risks and fail
    - not difficult to maintain work/life balance (except during oncall rotations)
    - great free food

    Cons

    - the only downside is that most teams have oncall rotations, some of which can be pretty intense with calls in the middle of the night and weekends

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - keep doing what you are doing!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Love it

    • 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 a year)

    Pros

    * Q&A on Fridays with Zuck, where anyone can ask anything (culture)
    * awesome people
    * food (breakfast, lunch, dinner & micro kitchens)
    * choose which team to join (aka what you will work on)
    * one-on-ones with your manager every week
    * moving around is encouraged (hack-a-month etc)
    * dentist & health centre onsite
    * gym onsite (even includes a bouldering rock)
    * performance review process

    Cons

    * I feel like an imposter, which doesn't have a positive effect on my work-life balance
    * the gym is quite small (& no sand volleyball court)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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