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what former facebook employee says about being working there


“Busiest but most rewarding time of my career”

 Former Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA

Pros – - Working for a product that's changing the world
- Working alongside brilliant people
- Casual dress!
- Amazing benefits (food, PTO, laundry)
- Lots of nice people
- Celebrity encounters almost weekly (Oprah, Katy Perry, Tyra Banks, Obama)
- Everything you do has a direct impact on the company's success
- FB really tries to be a fun place to work
- Despite the cons below, this is the best, most rewarding and memorable job I've ever had. I would do it all over again.
Cons – - Long hours
- No clear path for advancement. I'd been told I'd get promoted if I achieved xyz. I achieved xyz with flying colors, and still no advancement. Despite being a top performer in my group, I was not promoted once in nearly 4 years.
- Great PTO plan, but difficult to get time off. Often you're made to feel unpatriotic to the company if you request a whole week off. One manager actually told his team they could only take long weekends.
- The Mach 5 pace is exhilarating, but maintaining that pace 24/7 takes a toll. Several people I know developed heart issues from the constant stress.
- Terrible middle management. Very out of touch with their teams, only looking out for their career.
- Questioning company policies or products is frowned upon. They want you to drink the KoolAid, versus have a constructive discussion.
- In my group, promotions were given to unqualified people simply because they were buddies with the manager. It was very much an old boys club.
- Too many meetings and interviews. I spent a solid 7 hours a week in company/team meetings, and another 3 hours a week in interviews. That doesn't sound too terrible, until you realize the massive workload given to each employee.
Advice to Senior Management – - Promote from within, create more transparency with promotions
- Encourage employees to use their PTO - we work hard, we need to recharge.
- Encourage employees to speak up and question product design or policies. We may have new perspective. It doesn't mean we aren't still 100% dedicated to the company.