For six weeks out of the year, I'm on 24/7 on-call duty.
During on-call duty, engineers are responsible for keeping the service up and running, come what may. "For those weeks I don't leave town on the weekend; make especially sure not to have 'one too many' at any social gatherings I attend; and most importantly, carry and immediately respond to a charged phone where I can be reached 24/7, including leaving the ringer on on the nightstand as I sleep." - Keith Adams, Facebook engineer.
The wall does not exist at Facebook.
"At most companies, you put up a wall between a work personality and a personal one, which ends up with a professional workspace," says a Facebook engineer who chose to remain anonymous on Quora. Because the culture of Facebook implicitly encourages employees to "be themselves," the company lacks the "professionalism" found at other firms, the engineer says.
Majority of the management staff has little idea or focus on creating a team.
Facebook's "make an impact" mantra makes the entire company's workforce focus only on personal wins, not on the success of the team as a whole, according to one anonymous former Facebook employee. "There is very little value placed on a manager that has the ability to motivate the masses. This emphasis is also placed on the manager to be an individual contributor as well. The fact that you have people reporting to you seems to be just be something there, rather than your main responsibility," this employee says.
"While I would love to say that my manager(s) were the only ones who struggled with leadership, it's simply not true. Majority of the leaders there do. They are so focused on themselves and what should be tertiary issues of politics and who likes who, little time is focused on the people."
There is not a truly functional infrastructure.
Employees say that trying to figure out how to do cool things with a team of 4,000 people is much harder than doing them with a team of 500.
Don't complain to me about Facebook just because I work at Facebook.
The spouse of a former Facebook employee said her husband was the recipient of many complaints about the site from friends and family, just because he was employed by the company.
"As a Facebook spouse, I was often asked for help on how to use the privacy settings solely on the basis that, being married to someone who works at Facebook, I must know."
Knowing that you're part of a large company trying to act like a young one.
One ex-employee says that even though Facebook is a huge tech company, it still tries to act like a young startup. "This is kind of like an Adam Sandler movie where he's old but wants to act like a teenager. Awkward," the former employee says.
The complete lack of focus on my team.
"On the last day of my internship, the team decided that it was not worth completely rewriting the project," a former Facebook intern admitted on Quora, after spending all of his time at the company redesigning and coding said project.
"If a more clear vision of the future of the product had been communicated to the team, I think I could have made many improvements to it, and impacted the company in a more positive way."
You won't be making millions or building a new exciting company of your own.
Just because you're working for a cool company still means you're working. In this case, you're working to fulfill someone else's dream.
It was probably my worst professional experience to date.
"As a contractor and back fill for someone on maternity leave, I was temporarily assigned [as an admin] with very little guidance or support, serving two of the worst leaders I've ever interacted with," claimed an anonymous former employee of the social network giant.
The tone of voice people used was belittling and self-righteous.
According to one former employee, his colleagues were anything but pleasant company.
"The tone of voice people used was belittling and self-righteous," the ex-employee writes. "I found them snobby, cliquey and frankly, rude."
I was asked to complete really inappropriate tasks.
One anonymous former employee of Facebook confessed, "The team treated me like garbage and I was asked to [do] really inappropriate tasks (i.e. separating the director's laundry complete with his wife's dirty undies still attached)."
Instructions were not clear, everything was a guessing game, and I was immediately set up to fail.
After being put on a rigorous 10-day performance plan, one former employee said his team didn't even bother to give him feedback.
Zuck and Sheryl imposing a 'holier than thou' attitude.
Referring to Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg, a Facebook employee complains the two spend way too much time on "extracurricular activities" (hint: "Lean In") and copying off the competition (i.e., Poke, which bears a resemblance to Snapchat).
Knowing that you are part of an overhyped public company.
Facebook, which was "supposed to be valued at over $200 billion by now, had a dismal public offering that left many employees feeling totally helpless as they saw the value of their stock collapse," an anonymous source wrote on Quora.
Though he doesn't work at Facebook, this Quora user chimed in to say he is often invited to Facebook's tech talks, where he finds "no WOW factor."
"A lot of times Facebook seems to be looking too hard at Google rather than focusing on their core strengths and mission."
Forget the free food and drinks - the workplace is awful.
"When you have huge rooms filled with rows and rows of picnic style tables with people sitting shoulder-to-shoulder with six inches of separation and zero privacy, I am sorry.... That's how you keep cattle in the pen, not high quality talent earning low to mid six figures."
Of course, Su admits the politics are ultimately what creates the dynamism and drama that make work worthwhile in any company; Facebook not excluded.
"Without these, it’s just code, code, code. Ship, ship, ship. I get tired just thinking about it."
Realizing that the company doesn't really have a future on the mobile screen.
"Something's not right when you get daily complaints from users telling you how much the experience sucks on mobile," an anonymous former employee says on Quora. Facebook's mobile app has been called "clunky" and is known to drain smartphone batteries. "[Facebook] will eventually lose all its users to more streamlined mobile services."
Working for Facebook sometimes means wasting a lot of time browsing Facebook.
You can never really leave work, even when you're on vacation.
Sunayana Sen, who worked for Facebook India, says that even when you're not at work, you're constantly getting pinged about it. "Since there are fb groups for every team/workflow/project, notifications never end & you can never really leave work. Even when you're on vacation," she says.
Ungodly amounts of email from internal communications, 1,600 or more a day.
A former Facebook employee named Thomas Moore outlined a few grievances he had about working for the company. He says he received 1,600 or more pieces of internal communication a day. Moore added that he doesn't like the "pseudo celebrity status of saying you work/worked for Facebook; I truly miss the days when people responded with 'Facebook? what is that?'"