What makes people want to work for Facebook - other than the RSU ?

Jun 24, 2018 38 Comments

I see a lot of posts where even with comparable TC with other companies like Google / Oracle OCI / Linkedin. People recommend joining FaceBook - Id really like to know why.

What are some of the interesting projects at Facebook. What are the some of the interesting groups to work for at Facebook ? To be honest, Facebook as a product / website hasn't changed much over the years.

Then there is the angle of actually doing useful work:
I know there is a lot of work being done to improve stuff like the feed algorithms to improve ad targeting etc. But end of the day, nothing different from what is done at most other web companies. People complain that Oracle etc. is an enterprise company with low growth prospects - but from an engineer's point of view. Enterprise software is actually really challenging and there are so many interesting problems that need to be solved. We might have all the NoSQL and globally scalable open source databases in the world - but when it comes to storing a company's really really important data - it will always be on Oracle or SQLServer.

Microsoft and Google have so many different types of projects - many of them where software is created that actually benefit users and enterprises. But people keep suggesting "join Facebook". Why ?? To be honest the only reason Facebook is able to give RSUs is from targetted ads - which they are able to do by blatant invasion of user's privacy. Not to mention the Dis-ingenious "internet.org" bulls**t designed to get people from poor/developing countries hooked to facebook by subsidizing their data plan so they can access facebook (and only facebook) for free.

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TOP 38 Comments
  • CareerBuilder JonDoe1
    Mostly just $$$. Nobody would stick around to solve those "interesting problems" if the pay was shit.
    Jun 24, 2018 4
    • Uber / Eng
      sight

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      sightmore
      Expect you have to deal with unprecedented levels of bureaucracy and politics in government. Enough to suffocate the life out of anything enjoyable.
      Jun 24, 2018
    • CareerBuilder JonDoe1
      Yeah, every says what you say, but they behave differently. I don't buy it.
      Jun 25, 2018
  • FBA Zone bJqu56
    This product actually helps people to stay in touch with friends and family (also Instagram and WhatsApp). It's the best company to work for in terms of perks and salary. Smart motivated people there who want to make a change and have an impact. Oculus has bright future with VR. AI is top of it's field. Infra and scale is second to only Google. And much more.
    Don't be salty if you didn't get an offer, try again next year
    Jun 24, 2018 3
    • New / Eng
      Atrous

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      Atrousmore
      Not sure helping people stay in touch is a goal or reality anymore. AI is certainly not top of field at FB, but there are some decent publications and tooling.
      Jun 24, 2018
    • Microsoft gimmeMore
      OP
      Also - only people who "stay in touch" on Facebook are really retired seniors and internet.org developing world - since thats the cheapest option..
      Jun 24, 2018
  • New / Eng
    Atrous

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    Atrousmore
    Stock growth sadly
    Jun 24, 2018 0
  • Facebook public
    Teammates, wlb, and work itself for me. Money is obviously much better elsewhere but trade off for quality of life was worth it for me.
    Jun 24, 2018 4
    • Facebook public
      And all of finance plus goog. They always beat fb, fb is for the fun and quality of life.
      Jun 24, 2018
    • Facebook Holdons
      Have concrete numbers to back it up? I've seen otherwise, at least for new grads or folks few years out of college.
      Jun 24, 2018
  • Google eQPG07
    Talent, reputation, environment, stock growth, career growth, etc
    Jun 24, 2018 0
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    • Microsoft gimmeMore
      OP
      And yet after solving these haloed problems Facebook user experience hasn't changed much over the years..

      Other than improving algorithms for ad targeting, can you share at least 1 interesting engineering problem seen only at Facebook ?

      I've never had to deal with a scrum master in my life.. and most good companies give you 'ownership'
      Jun 24, 2018
    • Amazon WiFiRouter
      Systems capable of handling 300+ million photos uploaded a day just on FB, handling petabytes of data.
      Jun 24, 2018
  • Facebook lnstagram
    Join for a year and then come back to MS, if something doesn’t work out. But I suspect you’ll love it here :)
    Jun 24, 2018 0
  • Microsoft gimmeMore
    OP
    I agree with @JonDoe1
    Anyone can become 'smart' and 'motivated' if you throw money at them..
    Jun 24, 2018 1
    • Facebook lnstagram
      Yup, don’t feel insecure at MS.
      Those FB folks are just average and joined only because of the money to work on some shitty projects.
      Jun 24, 2018
  • Tinder / Eng
    meowimacat

    Tinder Eng

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    meowimacatmore
    I hear Facebook has shit wlb and also PIP heavy
    Jun 24, 2018 1
    • Uber / Eng
      sight

      Uber Eng

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      sightmore
      Some teams this is true. Others not do much.
      Jun 24, 2018
  • Amazon odVN70
    The faster career growth and resulting faster total compensation increase are what I picked up to be the attractions of Facebook from various posts
    Jun 24, 2018 0

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