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Company
Facebook
Headquarters
Menlo Park, CA
Employees
10,000 +
Industry
Tech

Representation - Gender Identity

63.0%
Male
37.0%
Female

Representation - Race

3.9%
Black
44.4%
Asian
6.3%
Latinx
0.4%
Native American
41.0%
White
Other

Handling the application process

July 29, 2020

Find people that you can practice with. Lean into your social network groups and find people that can help you mimic the interview environment.

July 29, 2020

Think creatively. There are a lot of guides for how to crack a Product Manager interview, so make sure you think of ways to create beyond those recommendations.

July 10, 2020

Product managers have to have a lot of influence without direct power. Someone in my position should influence people to go in directions that heavily impact perception and value of work. You need to build invisible influence while being a strong advocate for customers’ and the business’s needs. It is important to be able to find optimal solutions to make users happy but sustain and grow the business as well.

June 5, 2020

The best way to do it is to get a referral. Connecting with people internally is helpful. You also need a strong resume - one that isn't over a page long.

June 5, 2020

Do your research. We have a lot of external-facing information about our products and how you should approach them. Be sure to leverage those specific details when you're doing your interview.

Navigating the company culture

July 10, 2020

Facebook functions like a social network or like its product itself. You should make as many friends as possible. Try to listen to as many discussions as possible; the company is very transparent. Most things are within reach.

June 5, 2020

Connect with people on your team, but also outside of your team. Also, try to identify mentors and join the ERG that you identify with. Take the time to really understand the landscape of your role rather than try to make an impact right away. Facebook gives you ample time to onboard, so take advantage of that.

Succeeding in the promotion process

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Negotiating salary & benefits

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Shaping your career development

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August 29, 2020

Product Manager

tenure:

Company culture

Facebook is very decentralized, meaning you will rarely get strong objectives or direction. Everything comes from the individual regardless of level. It is flat from the perspective of everyone as each individual has equal say in how things move forward. Employee’s titles are the same until a certain point, but levels are not disclosed to other employees.

Company culture

The culture consists of incredibly strong feedback, within weeks people were proactive about providing intermediate feedback with reactions being instantaneous. It is a company that promotes personal growth with everyone being very open, permissive, and friendly.

Company culture

Because Facebook is a work hard play hard atmosphere, everyone is incredibly ambitious and whenever it is time to work everyone is focused. The reciprocated reward is taking time for yourself and spending time with teammates.

Company culture

Even now, during the COVID-19 virus, with everyone being distant teams spend time together and socialize. We are held responsible to bond with our teams. During evaluations, we gauge if we have reached business methods but also if we maintained health.

Company culture

I definitely feel like I can be myself at Facebook. I can be pretty quirky and I do not have to hold myself back.

August 16, 2020

Product Manager

San Francisco, CA

tenure:

Less than 1 year

Application and interview process

It was good. It was pretty standard. They were super responsive and I feel like I was kept in the loop throughout the process. The interviews were definitely tough, but communication was great.

Company culture

For the most part, I feel like I can be my authentic self. There’s nothing that I want to share that I don’t think I can. Moving into a role where I interact with the technical employees, that has influenced how I communicate, but I still feel like I can be professionally open with them. Before, I was more on the marketing side, where it’s more diverse. On the engineering team, that’s less so the case, and there’s a communication gap.

Diversity programs

I’ve participated to a limited extent. I was very active in my last job. There’s progress to be made in terms of how to leverage the programs to drive organizational change. That part is a little more ambiguous.

Relationships with manager(s)

I’ve had three managers. In general it’s been positive. I am someone who tells my manager what I want from them and what I can give them, and I find that direct communication is really effective. Most people managers want to do a good job, so if you demonstrate that you’re invested in the team, your manager will support you. You just need to let them know what you need from them.

Training and career development

I’ve found the training to be pretty thorough. I think there’s a proactive culture of documenting learnings. In the PM community, people share best practices and keep notes to pass on to others. That’s been really helpful in how I want to think about my role and my career. I found the onboarding process to be pretty hands on and the available knowledge to be pretty incredible.

July 5, 2020

Client Solutions Manager

tenure:

1-3 years

Application and interview process

I went through a batch interview, where a group of candidates were interviewed on one day. Sometimes candidates get stuck in the pipeline because they are waiting for a position to open, so I didn't receive an offer until 5 months after my initial interview.

Company culture

Overall you have to work collaboratively with your team. I work with only one other person on a day to day basis. I also collaborate with cross-functional partners, which is really enjoyable. Experiences vary at Facebook. My team has been inclusive, but I have heard of other employees who have not felt that their teams were inclusive. My experiences have exceeded the experiences of those at my prior consulting firm.

Diversity programs

The goal of ERGs is to provide community and professional development opportunities. It has been great to build a network of other Black employees. It’s nice to have the space to share and celebrate black culture. I’m not aware of any formal minority focused coaching programs, but we do have a program called Coaching Circles, that are available for all employees and can be created for specific groups. I was part of a coaching circle that was led by a Black leader, and it was specifically for Black employees. It taught me a lot about mentorship and navigating the performance cycle process.

Relationships with manager(s)

My relationship with my manager has been good primarily because we meet on a regular cadence. A lot of my work in the sales org is independent, so my manager doesn’t really work with me. A lot of what I do is communicate what I do with her so she understands the work I’ve done, and so she can support me during performance reviews.

Training and career development

I wish we had a more formal training or development program. Coaching circles are similar, but they’re really six-week programs. We have Be The Ally training and a Managing Bias training, and those are highly encouraged by managers, although they’re not required.

June 22, 2020

Business Analyst

tenure:

3-5 years

Application and interview process

I had a phone screener, then four back-to-back on-site interviews. The interviews focused on candidate engagement, tech recruiting strategy, and culture fit. The process was straightforward, and since Facebook in New York was really trying to grow at the time, I heard back after about 10 days.

Promotion discussions

If your manager rides for you, you can be promoted; if they don’t, then it will be much harder. With my first manager, it took me about two years to get promoted, and there are people on the team that have been there about four years and still haven’t been promoted. The promotions are not always based on merit. Sometimes it’s more just about who you’re close with.

Diversity programs

It’s easier to get information here than it was at Google. Anytime that there’s something going on in the world or at work, we can get information and discuss it at work because that’s just the nature of the platform. They’ve started a lot of diversity programs in the last few years. The programs are constantly getting redesigned and revamped to be better. At Facebook, it seems like people really care, especially compared to Google. The mission of the company is to connect people, so the company is really concerned about the people and the employee experience.

Relationships with manager(s)

Within the recruiting organization, some managers will be more transparent about what you need to do, and some won’t. With other groups, like engineering, it’s much more straightforward. Managers really own your career in terms of progression, and they can block you from moving upwards. My manager blocked me a couple times from leaving or progressing at Facebook. I was the top performer on the team for all three years that I was there. I received feedback that I wasn’t vulnerable enough or that I didn’t talk to her enough, and I had to be good about drawing boundaries with her. Facebook is very political, and you have to do some sucking up. People have been promoted just by aligning themselves with certain people, and I just wasn’t willing to do that.

Salary and benefits

Top tech firms like Facebook and Google pay better than most firms. Comparing Facebook to Google, the engineering organization and most other organizations get less in terms of stock and equity than Google than Google, but typically their base salaries are higher.

August 18, 2020

Overall

Salary

$120,000

Product Manager

San Francisco, CA

tenure

Less than 1 year

Diversity

Representation

Recruiting and retention

Diversity programs

role transparency

Accuracy of job requirements

Accuracy of job description

opportunity

Promotion and upward mobility

Training and career development

Contribution to work

environment

Work-life balance

Work flexibility

Work inclusiveness

June 13, 2020

Overall

Salary

Business Analyst

tenure

3-5 years

Diversity

Representation

Recruiting and retention

Diversity programs

role transparency

Accuracy of job requirements

Accuracy of job description

opportunity

Promotion and upward mobility

Training and career development

Contribution to work

environment

Work-life balance

Work flexibility

Work inclusiveness

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