You must have heard about Quora. So started a thread in Quora as to what is the worst thing about working at Facebook and along came running all its ex-employees and some current ones too! Oh yes! These Facebook employees along with a very famous Philip Su (who actually wrote a blog by the same headline) came together to discuss the terrible things about working at the most sought after workplace and we have picked the gems for you… worst thing about working at Facebook
Let me tell you, this is gonna be a rude rude shock to you…
The ON-CALL duty
This man on ON-CALL duty describes what it was like for THOSE two tormentous weeks!
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 the nightstand as I sleep.
– Keith Adams, Facebook engineer.
You & Facebook are One
Employee describes there being no difference between their normal self and work self.
At most companies, you put up a wall between a work personality and a personal one, which ends up with a professional workspace. Because the culture of Facebook implicitly encourages employees to “be themselves,” the company lacks the “professionalism” found at other firms.
Not yet a grown-ass Facebook
An ex-employee said that Facebook still behaves like a budding start-up and not as a full-grown matured company. worst thing about working at Facebook
This is kind of like an Adam Sandler movie where he’s old but wants to act like a teenager. Awkward!
Sorry Adam, We Love You! 😀
Facebook no different from a Farm
An employee comments on the work stations being a cattle house and not meant for talented employees. worst thing about working at Facebook
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.
Burn! Burn! Burn!
Philip Su wrote a personal blog, “Ten Things I Hate About Working At Facebook” and it has been the talk of the town, fellas!
I’ve seen decisions being made by lone engineers. Or an engineer and a designer over lunch. Or by interns. All without telling their managers, even. This sort of autonomous decision-making suggests a complete lack of understanding of how corporations are supposed to work.
That constant notification Ping, (it’s not just you!)
Thomas Moore, an ex-employee said that he received around 1,600 communications in a day! He also 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?
Not just the westerners, Desis too!
His grievance is shared by another (a Desi) Sunayana Sen, who worked for Facebook India. She says that,
Even when you’re not at work, you’re constantly getting pinged about it. Since there are Facebook groups for every team/workflow/project, notifications never end & you can never really leave work. Even when you’re on vacation.
All play & no work makes him paranoid!
My first month was a whirlwind. If you are not use to a bay area company, it can be overwhelming. The food, alcohol, and constant distraction with extra-curricular activities makes it hard to believe anyone gets any work done. It took a good month to figure out where I was suppose to be and go.
This is probably the most disgusting!
Boss’s dirty linen and underwear! Too much Facebook!
It was probably my worst professional experience to date. As a contractor and backfill for someone on maternity leave, I was temporarily assigned with very little guidance or support, serving two of the worst leaders I’ve ever interacted with.
The team treated me like garbage and I was asked to really inappropriate tasks (i.e. separating the director’s laundry complete with his wife’s dirty undies still attached).
The tone of voice people used was belittling and self-rightous. I found them snobby, cliquey and frankly, rude.
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