If you are in the market for a tech job at a highly visible company, it is difficult to overlook Facebook as one of your top choices. What started out in a dorm room at Harvard in 2004 has turned into a social media mega-giant with a valuation of over $330 billion.
Facebook’s meteoric rise in the world of tech has attracted some of the top talent in the industry to take a closer look, and tech jobs at Facebook are highly coveted. What can you do to give yourself an edge when attempting to land a job with Facebook? What skills are in high demand? And what can you expect from both the hiring process and the salary Facebook offers?
A Quick Look at Paysa CompanyRank for Facebook
Paysa collects data about the movement of top talent throughout the tech industry and assigns each company a rank based on the quality of its current talent. Having aggregated and analyzed 7.45 million jobs across 198,000 companies over the last 15 years or more, Paysa assigns Facebook the number five spot in CompanyRank among tech companies, just slightly lower than Google’s rank at number three.
Over the last five years, Facebook and Google have swapped spots a few times, with both companies vying for the best talent. Take a look at Facebook’s Paysa CompanyRank over time as compared with Google.
Past and Present Employees Weigh In on Facebook Culture
Before you begin your search for a tech job at Facebook in earnest, it makes sense to learn a bit about the company culture.
In 2014, TechInsiders spoke with Elena Perez, a software engineer working in London with Facebook. When asked to describe her work experience there, she stated:
“One of my favorite things from Facebook is that you get to create your own day to day work. We work around tasks and you are the one who decides which tasks to work on … Once you join Facebook you get to choose what team you want to work at. We think you work better when you are doing what you want.”
Asked what she valued most from her time at Facebook, Perez replied:
“You’ve got the usual: the office, the perks, the environment … Those are great. Also, we don’t have a fixed schedule: you know how you can handle your time in order to be productive, so you get to decide. Maybe you are more productive at some point by working less hours or working on a different schedule to the rest of the teammates. You can do that. Besides, we don’t work based on objectives, but on impact. You must choose the projects and tasks that would have the biggest impact and you get to choose how you can work best to accomplish it.”
Perez also mentioned appreciation for the way Facebook views management, noting that all employees, regardless of seniority and contribution to the company, are on the same “personal level”.
However, what Perez sees as a plus is one of the things some former employees of Facebook find most objectionable about the company. Management at Facebook, according to some former employees, is largely lacking in the traditional sense of the word. One former employee and Quora contributor notes: “Majority of the management staff has little idea or focus on creating a team. The company mantra and overbearing hammered in slogan of “Make an Impact” has the entire organization focused on their own personal wins. It leaves little room for the idea of teams and it doesn’t even get discussed. There is very little value placed on a manager that has the ability to motivate the masses.”
If that sounds bad, consider it from another point of view. Amy Thibodeau, a Quora contributor and current Facebook employee, takes a different slant on the management issue, stating:
“Facebook is a flat organization. There are managers (and I was one for awhile), but their job is really to figure out how to remove barriers so people can be successful in their roles. The manager/non-manager relationship is characterized as “separate but equal” and the prevailing sentiment is that becoming a manager is a career change, not a career advancement.”
How you view such statements may largely depend on your own personal preferences. For the most part, current employees of Facebook seem more than satisfied with their positions there. Hassan Aman Bercha sums up the question of what it is like to work at Facebook with these simple words:
“Happy. That is the best way to put it.”
So … About That Facebook Job Interview …
PCMag.com reports that during a question and answer session with Mark Zuckerberg, the company founder and CEO revealed his one hiring rule. Zuckerberg stated: “I will only hire someone to work directly for me if I would work for that person. It’s a pretty good test.”
If you think you have what it takes to be Zuckerberg’s boss in a hypothetical alternate universe, it may be time to brush up on those interview skills. Here is a basic rundown of what to expect in the Facebook recruiting process:
- An initial call or email from a recruiter, followed by additional phone calls and typical tech hurdle jumping until you end up with a coordinator who will set up a phone screen or initial in-person interview
- A phone screen or in-person interview with a potential co-worker, usually lasting 45 minutes or so and including some form of coding exercises
- An “on-site loop”, which is a series of back to back interviews all done on the same day, with a typical break for lunch at some point. These interviews involve extensive coding and provide ample opportunity for you to both show off your mad skills and ask abundant questions.
Nicolas Spiegelberg, former software engineer and engineering manager at Facebook, advises applicants to prepare well for the Facebook interview process. He notes:
“Facebook attracts people that want to make an impact. Our interview process might be tough, but you know that your coworkers are individuals with the same perseverance that you demonstrate. One of my favorite quotes, echoed by multiple Facebook engineers, is an ancient Latin proverb: ‘Fortune favors the bold.’ Maybe you’re a great fit for Facebook; maybe it’s something else. You’ll never know if you don’t try. The act of being bold and putting your all into preparing for your dream job can only end well.”
Popular Facebook Jobs and Their Corresponding Salaries
Is the tough interview process worth the trouble? To help you decide, here are some of the top jobs at Facebook, along with their corresponding salaries and educational and technical requirements.
Salary: The average base salary for Facebook Software Engineers is $145K per year. The average market salary is $271K per year, which includes $145K base salary, $20.7K annual bonus, $38.5K signing bonus and $68.3K annual equity. Average time to promotion is 3.4 years.
Education and Skills: 70 percent of software engineers need a bachelor’s degree, 37 percent need a master’s degree, and 12 percent need a doctorate. Top tech skills include: Java, C++, and Python.
Demographics: 57 percent of software engineers are male. 48 percent are Asian, and 26 percent are White.
Salary: The average base salary for Facebook Data Scientists is $148K per year. The average market salary is $276K per year, which includes $148K base salary, $23.7K annual bonus, $37.8K signing bonus and $67.3K annual equity. Average time to promotion is 2.9 years.
Education and Skills: 76 percent of data scientists need a bachelor’s degree, 60 percent need a master’s degree, and 37 percent need a doctorate. Top tech skills include: Python, Data Analysis, and R.
Demographics: 64 percent of data scientists are male. 43 percent are White, and 31 percent are Asian.
Salary: The average base salary for Facebook Engineering Managers is $188K per year. The average market salary is $358K per year, which includes $188K base salary, $28.9K annual bonus, $38.2K signing bonus and $103K annual equity. Average time to promotion is 2.9 years.
Education and Skills: 74 percent of engineering managers need a bachelor’s degree, 44 percent need a master’s degree, and 13 percent need a doctorate. Top tech skills include: Java, C++, and Distributed Systems.
Demographics: 68 percent of engineering managers are male. 43 percent are Asian, and 28 percent are White.
Salary: The average base salary for Facebook Product Managers is $162K per year. The average market salary is $302K per year, which includes $162K base salary, $25.6K annual bonus, $38.4K signing bonus and $77.1K annual equity. Average time to promotion is 2.7 years.
Education and Skills: 69 percent of product managers need a bachelor’s degree, 33 percent need a master’s degree, and 7 percent need a doctorate. Top skills include: Product Management, Start-ups, and Mobile Devices.
Demographics: 61 percent of product managers are male. 41 percent are White, and 33 percent are Asian.
Salary: The average base salary for Facebook Production Engineers is $139K per year. The average market salary is $264K per year, which includes $139K base salary, $20.7K annual bonus, $33.4K signing bonus and $71.9K annual equity. Average time to promotion is 3.4 years.
Education and Skills: 51 percent of production engineers need a bachelor’s degree and 10 percent need a master’s degree. Top skills include: Linux, Python, and C.
Demographics: 77 percent are male. 57 percent are White, and 12 percent are Asian.
The Power of Knowing Your Worth
If you want one of these Facebook jobs, remember that preparation is the key to doing well in the interview process and also doing well in the negotiating process.
The Paysa platform is an excellent research tool regarding skills needed, educational requirements, and the base and market salaries you can expect based on your own education and employment history. Armed with Paysa data, you can negotiate with confidence. It is easy to use, and you can access information and recommendations that are customized for you. Take a moment now to explore Paysa.com.