Morale at Facebook?

New Anqrs
Feb 6, 2018 29 Comments

I interviewed with FB recently, met half dozen people at Sr Manager / Director levels in PM and PMM. I noticed that half of them seemed a little bit beat down or explicitly mentioned it being a tough time in FB.

Can anyone corroborate this? Has morale been an issue for folks? Given Russians, targeting bias scandals, reporting bugs etc.

As an outside my view is that it’s a great opportunity for me to bring fresh perspective and enthusiasm. But curious what insiders think.

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TOP 29 Comments
  • Facebook / Product
    oooooops

    Facebook Product

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    Google
    oooooopsmore
    I think Facebook (and more broadly tech) is the now the favorite punching bag by media, extech employees, government, etc.

    I remain optimistic about the future. We have a lot of smart people taking a very methodic approach to measuring and solving all of these problems. There are also no credible alternatives in the market for what we do for advertisers and users.

    Ultimately if shit hits the fan, I'll just go back to Google or even eventually agree to talk to one of the Amazon recruiters hounding me every week.
    Feb 6, 2018 15
    • Facebook / Eng wavvy
      "FB usage in the US is decreasing at an alarming rate"
      Why do you think you can just tell lies about our data to employees who can actually see it themselves lol.
      Feb 6, 2018
    • Facebook / Eng wavvy
      At the end of the day you can't possibly think we created a worse way to show people content and are just ignoring all data instead of going back to the old way. On average this is just false.
      Feb 6, 2018
    • Amazon / Eng
      DaaamDoood

      Amazon Eng

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      GitHub
      DaaamDooodmore
      People read what’s available.
      Feb 6, 2018
    • Amazon / Eng
      DaaamDoood

      Amazon Eng

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      DaaamDooodmore
      So honestly though - are you of the opinion that the product is all good and it’s people who don’t know how to use it?
      Feb 6, 2018
    • Facebook / Eng wavvy
      Nope. I think that's most of the issue though. If the product was all good we wouldn't be still hiring.
      Feb 7, 2018
  • Facebook kool8
    If you believe FB is overall good, but struggling with unintended consequences you'll be happy at FB.

    If you think social media is inherently bad and haven't experienced the magic of connecting with people it won't be anything special but we do have tons of perks...

    FB groups kept me from suicide during an inflection point in my life. So I'm here to make it better.
    Feb 6, 2018 2
    • Microsoft jdfw70
      Did you tell them that during the interview as why you want to work at FB?
      Feb 6, 2018
    • Facebook kool8
      I didn't. I told them parts of the story but I was more private at the time
      Feb 6, 2018
  • Infosys
    not indian

    Infosys

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    At the FB Seattle office it seemed the opposite, almost a cultish reverence for the "mission." This was a few months ago. Someone I know said that of all the tech workers she'd met, FB seemed the happiest.
    Feb 6, 2018 0
  • Google kenobi-san
    For the most part I think Facebook is a victim of the times. This fud will pass.
    Feb 6, 2018 0
  • New / Mgmt
    idiot45

    New Mgmt

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    I get things done.
    idiot45more
    Buying FB puts leap. This is beginning of end.
    Feb 6, 2018 1
    • Facebook / Eng wavvy
      Lol
      Feb 6, 2018
  • Facebook minion9274
    I told them my honest opinion about Facebook. Which is that I think it unintentionally is perpetuating a more divided society and through it's platform allowing nefarious actors influence elections. But I also said I believed in their technology and I want to work where it's possible to have wide ranging impacts on society as a whole.
    Feb 6, 2018 1
    • Adobe Ozxct356
      Aside from election, it’s promoting a belief that if I love apple, I want to see more apple instead of seeing banana. In real life, you see all sort of things and your exposure to many things change the way you think.

      So the unintended consequences are people become more invested on what they are interested in. People who love UFC and martial arts will think that UFC is more popular than NBA because that’s what they have seen in their feed. People who post about UFC will show in the newsfeed, the trending news is about UFC. However, if they go to says espn or other sports news or hanging out with many ppl, we realize that is not the case.

      I was under the same mistaken belief a few years back because of my hobby, I was bombarded with martial arts (gyms, sponsored pages, friends feed) so I thought wow Muay Thai is going mainstream. Turned out that my feed was fooling me or I fooled myself for spending too much time on FB.
      Feb 7, 2018
  • Adobe Ozxct356
    Facebook used to be fun but now it’s a stressor. My newsfeed is full of political propaganda. No doubt because I used to follow them a lot back in 2016.

    I used to use fb as ways to share with friends and family, then as a news aggregator. Now, I just go directly to the news outlet and paid subscription directly. It’s actually a much better experience.
    Feb 6, 2018 2
    • Facebook kool8
      Unfollow them? 🤔
      Feb 6, 2018
    • Adobe Ozxct356
      It’s mostly from “so and so liked xxx posts” or from the subs of the news outlet (but mostly post political stuff). So I found its better to go to the news directly than being lazy and relying newsfeed to do that. Also most of my friends are in FB promoting businesses either their gyms, MLM stuff....I think for me, it has reached a fatigue level since I started using it from 2009.
      Feb 6, 2018
  • New VoSi13
    What do you guys believe your “mission” is? What keeps you motivated aside from money? Is it the company, the product, or the problems that need to be solved?
    Feb 14, 2018 0

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