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- 5,017. März 2014Software Development EngineerEhem. Mitarbeiter, mehr als 1 JahrSeattle, WA
It might be easy to roll your eyes when people from Facebook say how open their culture is, but it's true; it's more open than any other place I've worked at. At a company wide-level, secret projects, public incidents, important non-public business metrics and the like are all openly discussed. You can ask questions about them directly to Zuckerburg at the weekly Q&A. I think the idea is that if everyone is on the same page or at least, differing views are heard, the company will be stronger, and solutions may be offered from a place you didn't expect. This is much different from previous companies I worked at, where discussions on internal email lists would be shut down by some lawyer saying that there's certain things that can't be discussed, and important data is divided up to groups and individuals on a "need to know" basis, etc. This culture applies at a lower level too. You feel comfortable giving feedback to each other about each other, about product decisions, about management, etc. The flipside of this openness is that you of course, have to be willing to receive the feedback, you have to recognize that while openness and feedback is highly encouraged, decisions have to get made, and actions and data are more valuable than words. At the higher level, since the company trusts employees with access to so much information, keeping such info confidential from the outside world is taken seriously. It's a great place to work as an engineer. You're given a lot of freedom, but it's also a responsibility to make sure you're doing things that are valuable. You don't get much credit for working hard or being smart if you don't produce valuable output. One cool thing about Facebook, in contrast to other comparable companies (Google, Amazon, and Microsoft, though in truth, FB is much smaller), is how they have a pretty singular focus. Even with the differing areas (including advertising and such), they do a good job of keeping their eye on their mission of connecting as many people as possible. I also think they are way more empathetic to their users than most people give them credit for. It seems like popular opinion has it that FB is arrogant and only cares about its users insomuch as they represent $-signs. From within the company, it didn't feel this way at all. I saw a lot of empathy towards users, and a lot effort spent to improve or things or fix broken things with no direct financial benefit. The strategy is not complex. The thinking is that if they can make FB easier and more fun to use, then more people will use it for more time each day (which will also have a network effect of attracting even more people to use it), then the advertising dollars will follow. Of course, it is true that FB wants to make the audience more accessible to advertisers as well, but there are a lot of people at FB who care about privacy and security. They have really good infrastructure and really great ways to share the infrastructure and code. They have a lot of cool internal tools, and what they've built is really impressive, and more importantly, it helps your team build products faster without having to solve problems that someone else already solved. Every software company tries to do this, but FB seems to have been more successful with it. Perhaps it's because they're still relatively small, but if anything, I can at least say it is very cool while it lasts. The perks and work environment are great, unless you're one of those types that can't stand open office spaces. I've worked in both a private office and open offices in multiple companies. While I do think a private office has some benefits, I mostly think it's a personal luxury for the employee and a huge waste of money for the company. I'd much rather have the money go into other areas like salary, benefits, and other workplace improvements rather than the added real estate necessary to have offices. Of course, you've heard about the food and snacks. They have an amazing selection of great stuff, and what I like about it is that it sort of goes above and beyond expectations. Sure, some days, lunch is better than others, but I really can't complain, and the selection of drinks and snacks is amazing. It's not like you should work at FB just because of that, but it demonstrates FB's desire to make work as fun and convenient as possible. You'll be surrounded by people who like being there. I can't think of a better environment to work in. If you have a giant ego, you may not like it as much. Respect is definitely given to those that have deep experience in the industry, and they are expected to lead others and mentor more junior employees. However, if for whatever reason, you can't perform at the level expected, no one is going to care if you did this and that at Google or shipped ten things at MS, etc. FB also has a lot of fun events, and I made a lot of friends working there, so going to the events was fun. Also, if you're older and worried that FB is just a bunch of 22-year-olds, and that you won't fit in, I wouldn't worry about that. FB does have a lot of young employees (who are really smart btw), and it does hire a lot of people straight out of college, but it also attracts a lot of experienced engineers from other top companies like Google, MS, Amazon, etc. Work-life-balance seemed totally normal to me. It may be different depending on your team, but I felt you could do 40-50 hours of work a week for the most part and you would be totally fine. It's about what you produce, not how hard you're working. Other team members who had children would work normal hours and go home at normal times. I didn't see any of these folks have a problem when they left early to take care of their child or things like that. Of course, there could be times that people are expected to work extra if something critical happens, but for the most part everyone wants to avoid this and this happens sparingly, from what I observed. Now, there were many times where I chose to work late myself, but I never felt any pressure to do so. The caveat is that there are on-call rotations, and in addition, even if you are not on-call, you are expected to be reasonably available if the on-call person needs your help. However, again, no one wants this, and your team will work on ways to avoid these situations. The best thing I can say is that working at FB is about productivity. I didn't experience and political bs and it was a pleasure working with a group of people who were all concerned with producing a good product and making the best of the time spent while doing it.
FB expects a lot out of engineers, and you can't slack off. Of course, you shouldn't slack off at any job, but since FB is pretty fast-paced, there is a risk that you'll have trouble adjusting at first. FB has a lot of custom infrastructure and tools, and prehaps more impressively, it works great. It makes doing your job really great, but on the other hand, you'll end up learning a lot of stuff that won't be applicable elsewhere. FB's code-base is very good in some ways, but in other ways, it's not as great as some of the existing engineers think it is. I don't think this is that big of a deal, but the important part is that as an engineer, you need to quickly learn FB's values and practices and "get with the program" so to speak. If you don't like some things, then you just have to deal with it, as it's not likely you're going to change people's minds at this point. The nice thing is that things are at least very consistent.500Reaktion von Meta9y
Thanks for your great feedback. We really appreciate the transparency from Mark, Sheryl, and the entire leadership team. This open culture does permeate throughout the company, and we are focused on maintaining it as we grow. Even as we have grown, our commitment to our values (be bold, move fast, be open, etc.) has helped us stay true to our culture, and we plan to maintain that commitment as we grow. --Your friends at Facebook
- 5,016. Feb. 2017Anonymer MitarbeiterAkt. Mitarbeiter, mehr als 1 JahrMenlo Park, CA
- Unglaubliche Vorteile - Hervorragende Vergütung, die starke Leistung belohnt - Viel Autonomie - Tonnenweise Raum für Wachstum - Sehr transparent von oben nach unten - Starke Führung - Intelligente und fürsorgliche Kollegen - Der fairste und durchdachteste Überprüfungsprozess, den Sie überall finden - Spannende Arbeit
- Wenn Sie nicht lernen, die Work-Life-Balance für Sie zu gestalten, kann dies anstrengend sein. Aber Sie werden auch viel Unterstützung dabei erhalten, wenn Sie danach fragen. - Es spielt keine Rolle, wie gut Sie in Ihrem Job sind, es besteht die Möglichkeit, dass Sie von einer Menge anderer Menschen umgeben sind, die genauso gut, wenn nicht sogar besser sind. Das Imposter-Syndrom ist real, aber wenn Sie ein Angebot haben, gehören Sie wahrscheinlich auch hierher.Übersetzt aus dem Englischen417Reaktion von Meta7y
Thank you for the feedback. From the Life@ benefits and conveniences to the many employee affinity and advice groups, we are all here to support you. If you need additional help, please reach out to your HR Business Partner.
- 5,016. Feb. 2016Site Selection Program ManagerAkt. MitarbeiterMenlo Park, CA
I'm a 55 year old working in a company where the average age is 28, and I've never been happier. I have always wanted to work in a company where I wasn't the proverbial square peg, and after nearly 30 years in the work force, I believe that I have found the company that complements my ideology for how a company should operate. Here are the "Pros" as I see them... - Leadership: Mark Zuckerberg, Sheryl Sandberg, Chris Cox and the rest of the leadership team. Inspiring, smart and totally real. - The Culture: The openness is a real thing, we're trusted to do the right thing, mistakes are expected, being yourself is important and encouraged, humility is encouraged and expected, building trust is paramount, the mission of making the world a more open and connected place isn't just a cool phrase because it guides everything. It's not about us, it's about everyone else. - The People: Smart and nice is what I find. The diversity is better than any other company I've worked at and it's getting better. Those that are figuring out how to make what we do better for everyone are really good at implementing their ideas. Two years ago I didn't know what this company really was or if it had a secure future. I can clearly see now that they have what it takes to last, and it's sincere. - Management: Managers are hired because they're good managers and not because they're good at something else. The management track is different than the contributor track and they're equal in importance. - Benefits: Working in the Valley it's hard to differentiate all the benefits employees receive and Facebook is at least equal to all the major tech companies, but coming from Seattle the benefits are nothing short of incredible. Granted, I haven't been with the company for very long and I'm still in the honeymoon period, but I can tell what's real and what's not; this place is for real.
Like any tech company, the work is big and complicated so work/life balance can suffer from time to time. The difference is that it's the passion within the individuals that drives them to work long hours and forego time off. Of course there can be times when schedule demands force the imbalance, but it's not such that 10-12 hours days become commonplace and expected regardless. We do what we do to get the job done; no one is killing themselves because there's an order to do so. Being able to eat to your hearts/stomachs content can be dangerous to the waistline, but that's a self-control thing and not the company's issue.431Reaktion von Meta8y
Thank you for sharing your experience here. We believe our mission-driven community is special, and bringing together people with different backgrounds to work on challenging problems makes us better.
- 5,024. Mai 2020Ingenieur-BetriebsleiterAkt. Mitarbeiter, mehr als 3 JahreSan Francisco, CA
Facebook kümmert sich sehr um seine Mitarbeiter und hat eine überzeugende Kultur rund um Unterstützung und Wachstum aufgebaut. Karrieremöglichkeiten sind reichlich vorhanden. Wenn Ihnen das Team, in dem Sie sind, nicht gefällt oder Sie nicht die gewünschte Unterstützung von Ihrer Krippe erhalten, können Sie mit Facebook neue Teams oder Projekte finden. Facebook möchte, dass seine Mitarbeiter in ihre Arbeit investiert werden und sich mit seiner größeren Mission verbunden fühlen. Wenn Ihnen große Chancen und Wachstum wichtig sind, ist Facebook ein fantastischer Arbeitsplatz.
Die Kultur von Facebook ist anspruchsvoll und schnelllebig. Der größte Aspekt bei der Arbeit bei Facebook ist, dass jeder sehr motiviert und sehr klug ist. Das Problem dabei ist, dass sie alle dasselbe von Ihnen erwarten. Das Halten einer sehr hohen Messlatte für Spitzenleistungen kann sicherlich eine Herausforderung sein. Daher ist es wichtig, dass Sie stets sorgfältig auf Ihre persönliche Work-Life-Balance achten.Übersetzt aus dem Englischen194Reaktion von Meta3y
Thank you for this thoughtful feedback. Building a career at Facebook is about using your unique strengths, doing meaningful work that matters to you and making Facebook better. We're glad you're here on this journey with us.
- 4,07. Nov. 2023Hardware Research engineerEhem. Mitarbeiter, mehr als 3 JahreRedmond, WA
- In my experience all the teams had very accomplished scientists. - Interesting and ambitious work streams and projects. - Very good health benefits, most of the facilities are nice and with a positive working environment. - Policy that allows to work from your home country for 20 days but it is not always easy to make it happen depending on your direct boss.
- The gender gap is more evident the higher you go in the ladder, most of the leadership team in every organization continues to be white males. - Your experience and performance review hence bonus and promotions are highly dependent on your immediate boss so not always the best scenario. - The experience is highly influenced by the team and direct boss. Sometimes it makes it difficult to take advantage of the benefits that impact work-life balance like WFH, working abroad, etc. - Many teams are growing and they just add layers so it's tough to move fast.
- 4,019. Okt. 2023Intellectual Property Operations SpecialistEhem. Mitarbeiter, mehr als 3 JahreAustin, TX
Meta attracts some of the brightest and kindest people I've ever worked with. The benefits package is amazing and the opportunity for growth was endless. The quality of the work being done was engaging and the allotted sick days are endless. They really prioritized employee health and contentment when they put their benefits packages and time off polies in place.
Upper management does not always communicate clearly to the employees below certain IC levels. There were many times where we as employees heard about impactful company changes and policy updates via social media or the Wallstreet Journal, the latter for which some of us even had to pay to subscribe to read. When we would ask direct questions to Mark in our company all-hands meetings, often times his answers were roundabout to whatever was being questioned or he'd contradict whatever answer was given shortly after giving it.
- 1,02. Nov. 2023Anonymer MitarbeiterEhem. Mitarbeiter, mehr als 1 Jahr
Compensation and benefits are great, but it isn't worth it. Management lacks care/understanding about certain functions.
I felt the work environment was toxic. Everyone were eager to show impact, at the expense of other. Collaboration was reduced to a minimal level, many conversations were excluding relevant people. It is a highly political environment, in the sense that it is more important who you know, than how you perform your work. The performance review was a jock, with senior management getting into the tool and changing performance ratings without even knowing who the employee is. Meta terminated 21,000. About a forth of its work force. The decision-makers didn't know whom is the people that were let go, and as a result, many of the termination resulted in serious gaps. It felt like a continuous trauma. I don't recommend this company.
- 4,027. Nov. 2023InvestigatorEhem. Mitarbeiter, mehr als 3 JahreAustin, TX
My various roles many encompassed the Operations teams at Facebook. I learned a lot about project management, working with a diverse group of people, and learning some technical skills.
At times the company can be politically-biased and internally political, as well. The constant transition of roles can prevent you from going deep into one skill set too.
- 1,012. Nov. 2023Growth Marketing ManagerAkt. Mitarbeiter, mehr als 5 JahreSan Francisco, CA
benefits and pay are great
-complete chaos & clueless leads who rely purely on aggressive ICs. -scope wars within the team, with other marketing teams... with sales, with product. -constant reorgs and endless docs/"alignment" calls. so many files that were the hottest thing a few months ago have died in Google Drive abyss. laughable to read still-open comments. -too many heads to handle - sending ppl to the wrong POCs. -no accurate reporting. no respect from XFNs, fake niceties at offsites are so cringe. -relatively new VP still catching up. -marketing infra is terrible. takes a ridic number of ppl to launch email campaigns. -campaign reporting is filled with errors; how are we reporting iRev?
- 3,01. Sept. 2023Product Marketing ManagerEhem. Mitarbeiter, mehr als 10 JahreMenlo Park, CA
Joining Meta was mostly as expected, especially after having worked with Meta from the outside via AdTech partnerships for years before: smart people, impressive systems, global scale products, tons of resources and fascinating projects to advance. Hiring manager seemed excellent, direct colleagues were mostly collaborative and kind. Some high quality talent, and leading research in many top fields.
Part of the November 2022 layoffs, Meta recruited me from a role I enjoyed so I was essentially "hired to fire", morale was absolutely horrendous with ample signs of project hoarding out of fear, territoriality, and overall gloominess, the number of management layers (back then) was almost comical, including Director-level middle managers of very questionable experience (e.g. Director A with background in politics and no tech experience acting like the stereotypical "I'm type A"-tough, Director B who was key for specific projects yet acted like their calendar was presidential-grade and never showed up, etc.). Very curious what the post-layoffs landscape looks like, from ex-colleagues still in-seat I heard it's still fairly dire, but maybe on the upswing in some teams.6