Do you like working for Facebook? Glassdoor asks employees (infographic)

11 May 2012

Ever wondered what it’s like to work for tech giants like Facebook and Google? With Facebook’s initial public offering on the horizon, Glassdoor provides us with an employee’s perspective on the company everyone’s talking about.

Career and jobs resource Glassdoor provides a unique and intimate overview based on employee comments and ratings submitted to the site.

The jobs and career community uses information generated by employees about company benefits, salaries, interviews and more, to help users make good career decisions. And, just days away from what’s expected to be one of the largest IPOs to come out of Silicon Valley, they’ve provided us with an intimate look at the company behind the public offering.

An infographic produced earlier this year, pitting Facebook against its rival in recruiting the top talent in tech, shows that Google’s employee satisfaction levels are higher – though this was the first time in four years that they topped the social network in that respect. Besides, employee sentiment at Facebook is still riding high and Zuckerberg’s latest approval rating from his employees is at 94pc.

Handsome salary packets

And why wouldn’t they be happy with how their CEO is running things? It seems that Facebook’s perks, benefits and handsome salary packets can and do make plenty of employees happy. Glassdoor reports that the annual base salary of a user operations analyst is US$43,518, while software engineers receive US$110,874 and research scientists earn US$120,667. Even software engineering interns do well with a US$6,477 monthly base salary.

Though Facebook employees seem to be in an enviable position, it seems it’s not tough as nails to get there. Reports from Google towers claim an extensive interview process, but employees at Facebook gave their interviews an average difficulty rating, with 41pc saying it was a positive experience.

Facebook currently holds a 4.5 (very satisfied) overall company rating on the site, which is based on more than 140 reviews from employees past and present. While employee comments surrounding the upcoming IPO are optimistic and excited (though one mourns the loss of the start-up feel – there’s always one!), Facebook still may face a recruitment and retention challenge once the company goes public.

Glassdoor infographic

Elaine Burke
By Elaine Burke

Elaine Burke was editor of Silicon Republic until 2023, and is now the host of For Tech’s Sake, a co-production from Silicon Republic and The HeadStuff Podcast Network. Elaine joined Silicon Republic in 2011 as a journalist covering gadgets, new media and tech jobs. She later served as managing editor before stepping up as editor in 2019. She comes from a background in publishing and is known for being particularly pernickety when it comes to spelling and grammar – earning her the nickname, Critical Red Pen.

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