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Updated 13 December 2018
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  • "Great work-life balance (this depends on teams)" (in 100 reviews)

  • "Amazing benefits for Full Time Employees including free food, stipends for gym memberships & free dry cleaning" (in 270 reviews)

Cons
  • "Some teams have poor work life balance" (in 297 reviews)

  • "Move fast culture can sometimes mean no incentives to clean up tech debt" (in 67 reviews)

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  1. "One of the best big tech companies going"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Client Solutions Manager in Dublin, Co. Dublin
    Current Employee - Client Solutions Manager in Dublin, Co. Dublin
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company fosters in an autonomous environment

    Cons

    Organisation getting very large in bureaucratic

    Advice to Management

    Go back to the roots of the company


  2. "Analyst"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Dublin, Co. Dublin
    Current Employee - Analyst in Dublin, Co. Dublin
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Diverse culture, wonderful place to learn about new technologies and methods, extremely open feedback culture - more like a flat organisation

    Cons

    Organisational structural issues may affect the way you work

  3. "Hiring new people indefinitely is not the answer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - BI Consultant in Dublin, Co. Dublin
    Current Employee - BI Consultant in Dublin, Co. Dublin
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Facebook is a great employer. I appreciate it especially when I compare myself to my peers in other companies. We get paid very competitively and the perks are amazing. The job itself is rather interesting as well. I love the very caring and chilled atmosphere in the office - coming from consulting, no overtime and no extreme pressure is really a big difference. Most of the people in the office are quite smart and really fun to work with. I also love how international the Dublin office is, before joining I didn't see it as something very important but now I understand why everyone from FB keeps mentioning that.

    Cons

    - The constant talk about growth. Facebook is not growing as fast as it used to, yet the company hires like crazy. To be honest I think this is too much at this point. All these people are doing "projects" but these projects are in 3/4 not useful at all. The sole purpose of them is that someone can write it in their performance review but no one really uses the outcome of the project after that.
    - Despite the management saying how international the company is, every decision is still taken by Americans/British/Irish and according to their worldview. Which sometimes has awful effects on the company image in countries that were not part of the Commonwealth or are the US. It's particularly visible when there is a PR fire in American or British media, they can change something overnight based on that not thinking about how it will impact other parts of the world. Also it's worth mentioning that a huge majority of managers is Irish/British, and there is little internal mobility for non-natives.
    - Performance review is somehow not fair. Technically there are career expectations but if you fulfil all of them, you'll get the lowest score. There are people from certain parts of the world that would be working 16h a day (I'm thinking East Asia in particular) to get the best score so then people from other parts of the world need to work longer as well, otherwise their achievements will look pale compared to those working overtime. And performance assessment, potential promotion and bonus, are based on your place on the curve rather than on whether you fulfilled criteria of your job.
    - Internal mobility rules are very unfair. As an external applicant you'd meet and even exceed all the criteria for a particular role but if you are internal you cannot move to a role that is higher grade than yours. This leads to a situations in which people who applied internally were rejected, left the company and were soon approached by recruiters for the very role on LinkedIn if they'd be interested.

    Advice to Management

    Committing so much to Dublin was not a good idea. Ads revenue is increasingly being taxed in other countries anyway. The other reason - "access to great talent" - is somehow flawed given that most of people are sourced outside of Ireland anyway. And given how unattractive and expensive Dublin is, some departments are getting over 50% decline rate from candidates because good professionals know housing in Dublin is a big problem (both to get it and the quality of it).


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Toxic, unfair environment."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Dublin, Co. Dublin
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Dublin, Co. Dublin
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Facebook full-time

    Pros

    Company has great potential and great values. Very diverse. Perks are great if you are not a contractor.

    Cons

    An environment that creates divisions, very cliquey. Some managers have been with the company for a very long time and seem to be set in their ways. They are often unable to support their teams due to lack of knowledge. Employees are commodity. The ethos and values in Facebook are amazing but unfortunately not all managers live by those values. Pity as the foundations of this company are great.

    Advice to Management

    Self-reflect. Provide Opportunities. Build a team - not a Facebook Friends group.


  5. Helpful (12)

    "A toxic, cult-like environment"

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, Co. Dublin
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, Co. Dublin
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Facebook has a lot of money to throw around, so you get great benefits and perks. Office spaces are nice, the benefits are really good, plus they continuously update their 'Life@' perks which can be handy and convenient.

    Cons

    The worst part about Facebook is the culture. With the excuse that you should 'focus on impact', people will fight for 'sexy' projects and things that will obtain them a good performance review. Since middle and upper management often do not have a clue about what their own teams actually do, whatever you can make sound important (e.g. with fake metrics or tales of potential impact), you are onto a winner. Unfortunately, the same managers do not enforce a culture of fairness or trust; instead, it is a culture of rewarding back-stabbers and people who 'get the work done' but who, at the same time, treat their colleagues poorly. By that, I mean stealing projects or not giving credit to those who get the work done, for example. It is an awful environment to work in. Some teams are worse than others as well: You could end up reporting into a bad apple who steals projects from you. It happens, and it happens often.

    Good people managers are never rewarded, as people management is not something Facebook recognises as important. Yes, in the orientation they will give you a big speech about it but when was the last time good people managers got promotions? Managers should focus on people, and ICs should focus on things. Unfortunately, bad managers who are good at IC work get rewarded often to the detriment of their teams, who have to suffer under people who should have never become people managers. The so-called Pulse survey is a joke, as no importance is given to low-scoring managers. If 10 people in a team say they would not work with their manager again, something must be wrong, don't you think?

    To any potential employees: Do not get fooled by the appearances. Facebook makes people feel trapped because they make you think this is the 'best' company and that you should be grateful you are part of Mark Zuckerberg's dream of making the world more 'open and connected'. It's a fallacy. Do not fall for it.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management need to pay more attention to the people under them, and make their managers accountable. It is too easy to hide bad things at Facebook, simply because Directors and VPs are too busy trying to make their pyramid schemes even larger.

    HR need to be more people-focused, as they don't support non-managers, even when you have genuine issues. They will always protect and engage with managers, so if you have issues, well... you are better off not asking your HRBP, as they will simply say they are too busy for your minuscule needs.


  6. "Market Specialist"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Specialist in Dublin, Co. Dublin
    Current Employee - Marketing Specialist in Dublin, Co. Dublin
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Perks, Office Space, People, Diversity

    Cons

    Order, Red Tape, Transparency, Leaks


  7. Helpful (7)

    "Cult environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, Co. Dublin
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, Co. Dublin
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Facebook full-time

    Pros

    Free food
    Salary
    Bands onsite
    Pay transport to work

    Cons

    People - your either in or your out
    Management - doesnt know how to run a team, very nasty, lets team dictate who passes probation
    Dont learn anything - people working on stupid *projects* so something to talk about in 1-1
    Targets boring 15 placements a year, half the time nothing to do

  8. Helpful (7)

    "Recruiter"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Recruiter in Dublin, Co. Dublin
    Former Employee - Recruiter in Dublin, Co. Dublin
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Facebook full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Learning and Getting Challenged
    Good Pay and Benefits

    Cons

    Poor Management- lack of knowledge in critical areas.
    Unrealistic Expectations
    Team Politics
    Work Life Balance
    Not sticking to company values- e.g Be Open


  9. "Best Company to Work For"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, Co. Dublin
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, Co. Dublin
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - As multicultural and as an open environment as you can get in a company
    - Compensation and benefits are as good as they can get
    - Best manager I ever worked for
    - Best people I ever met in an office

    Cons

    - As in any company you will encounter issues and you will not be happy with many things, it's not Paradise.
    - Very fast paced environment.
    - You get a lot and you have to give back more if you want to keep your fantastic job


  10. "Technical Sourcer"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Sourcer in Dublin, Co. Dublin
    Current Employee - Technical Sourcer in Dublin, Co. Dublin
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Money,
    perks,
    food,
    career,
    location

    Cons

    Remote, Transparency, Promotion system, Recognition, Size

    Advice to Management

    n/a