Should I join Facebook? How is the culture?

AirMap rxstar
Jun 18, 2019 39 Comments

Hey Blinders,

Received an offer for a TPM Product role at FB after a recruiter reached out and I went through the interview process. L4 w/TC: $210k. I'm currently at TC $140k, but a move to the Bay Area reduces the jump somewhat.

I'm excited about the offer, but also a bit hesitant as I"m really not familiar with the culture at FB and wondering if i'll fit in. Some questions that come to mind:

1. Is FB really doing exciting work? Obviously that varies with teams, but seems that maybe they have hit their peak and most of the work is on refinement around things like privacy/security? I'm sure the office is a fun place, but is the work boring? Especially at the size of FB today?

2. What is the culture really like at FB? I've seen several posts of people saying they didn't "fit in" and curious what elements contribute to that. Is it just around autonomy, bottoms up approach, or is it more the kool-aid and politics? I don't mind a loose structure, but I don't have much patience for egos and slogans. Seems like a social media company would bring a lot of drama and social pressure. But maybe FB has moved past this stage.

3. With some of the recent news in the past year, seems that morale is a bit low. Are things beginning to look up?

4. A lot of posts here comment on the high intensity and bad WLB. Is this improving? How is the WLB and pressure for TPMs? I don't mind working hard, but I cap myself at ~45 hrs/wk. Is that an unreasonable expectation?

Appreciate any advice!

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TOP 39 Comments
  • Facebook ExPo20
    It has been and continues to be one of the best jobs I have ever had. DM me and we can chat.
    Jun 18, 2019 0
  • Facebook niiiiiiii
    It has been and continues to be one of the worst jobs I have ever had. DM me and we can chat.
    Jun 18, 2019 5
    • Facebook niiiiiiii
      The above FB guy who says it’s best job is a troll.

      The perf system (PSC) at FB is putting everyone in an intense state everyday, I feel insane amount of stress all the time. I feel like I have to output all my effort everyday and compete with other coworkers for better rating, or avoid getting bad rating.

      Can’t take it anymore, I’m currently interviewing for Google and LinkedIn, hoping to get offer from one of them, then switch for better TC and WLB.
      Jun 18, 2019
    • Facebook easzss
      Uh huh, yes, call the norm trolls
      Jun 18, 2019
  • Google / Strategy
    HoneyBoBo

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    HoneyBoBomore
    It really honestly depends on your manager. As far as culture, FB is more about moving fast, and less about being a perfectionist. That was hard for me to adjust to at first, but I wouldn’t say it’s a bad thing. The facilities are top notch and they honestly do not cheap out on anything. Ive worked at multiple FAANGs and FB has the best food/facilities/benefits. I was also hesitant before I joined, thinking the work would be boring, but it honestly was more challenging and exciting than my previous jobs. From what I know, fb is planning on making significant changes to the platform.
    Jun 18, 2019 3
    • AirMap rxstar
      OP
      Thanks, that was a very helpful response! Curious why you left for G? TC?
      Jun 18, 2019
    • Google / Strategy
      HoneyBoBo

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      HoneyBoBomore
      Most of my time at FB I had great managers, but at the end, i was reorged and my new manager was very very bad. So, I left for google. From my experience, bad managers are usually managed out after 2 years or so, but I honestly couldn’t wait that long. The TC was also higher, but my feeling is that was due to negotiation and FB would likely match the same tc for a new hire.
      Jun 19, 2019
  • Microsoft uEVI85
    How much of that TC is their new crypto
    Jun 18, 2019 1
    • AirMap rxstar
      OP
      All of it, no cash :)
      Jun 18, 2019
  • Amazon lrppskh
    The sample size is canceling out each other. Lol. Generally people on blind are unhappy. Not many happy employees need the cover of anonymity to express the nature of their opinions. The others not present here may have already drank the Kool aid.

    I am usually entirely wrong.
    Jun 18, 2019 0
  • Lam Research gurubhai
    How many YOE ? Offer seems low
    Jun 18, 2019 12
    • Lam Research gurubhai
      @ google .. I make 225K ( spouse another 150K) we just bought a 1.3 million home in Newark ( 2600 sq ft ) great location .Monthly payment is 6K and we feel comfortable . Not sure why you have such a big problem .
      Jun 19, 2019
    • Google / Strategy
      HoneyBoBo

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      HoneyBoBomore
      @gurubhai double incomes makes a difference. Its different for everyone tho.
      Jun 19, 2019
  • Google / Strategy
    HoneyBoBo

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    HoneyBoBomore
    Also, once you work at FB for a year, all the other FAANGs will line up to hire you and pay you more (my experience at least).
    Jun 18, 2019 4
    • Lam Research gurubhai
      HW. Most folks in my team are being poached by G and F .. never asked TC but apple is a brand in HW.. and in general a heavy hitter on resume
      Jun 18, 2019
    • Google / Strategy
      HoneyBoBo

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      HoneyBoBomore
      That sounds right to me.
      Jun 18, 2019
  • Facebook solidmeh
    did you end up joining? If so which team? TPM is a much less respected role than PM at FB and they get paid less as a result. A lot of the work can also be fairly boring depending on the team.
    Aug 22, 2019 0
  • Capital One wake123
    Make sure you get paid in Libra
    Jun 18, 2019 0
  • Facebook UfTds276
    It is one of the worst jobs I ever had mainly due to its PSC that put it's employees on unnecessary stress and extremely short sighted. This is all documented.
    Jun 18, 2019 0

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