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Facebook Tops List of Best Places To Work -- Again (cnet.com) 101

From a report: If you work at Facebook, count yourself pretty lucky. And not just for the free meals, on-site health care or new-parent benefits. But those things probably factor into the social-networking giant being named the best place to work in 2018 by jobs site Glassdoor. And it's probably been a good experience for a while, seeing how this is the third year in a row Facebook has been atop Glassdoor's list of 100 best places to work. If you don't work at Facebook, there might still be hope for you. Glassdoor said there were 40 newcomers on this year's list, including video game maker Blizzard Entertainment (at No. 28 on the list) and wireless carrier T-Mobile (No. 79). There are also three veterans that have made the list every year since it was introduced 10 years ago, including management-consulting firm Bain & Company (No. 2), search giant Google (No. 5) and Apple (No. 84).

Facebook Tops List of Best Places To Work -- Again

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  • by b0s0z0ku ( 752509 ) on Wednesday December 06, 2017 @10:35AM (#55687733)

    Like Bisbee, AZ or Foxconn City.

    Free meals, medical care on site? What's not to like? Pretty soon, they'll put up the housing and you'll never have to leave the company plantation.

    This is why I like living and working in cities -- gives you more random interactions with people, a choice of where to live, work, eat, etc.

    • by thegreatbob ( 693104 ) on Wednesday December 06, 2017 @10:44AM (#55687785) Journal
      Indeed... I definitely need a little bit of structure to my life... but not that much structure!
    • by DickBreath ( 207180 ) on Wednesday December 06, 2017 @10:58AM (#55687903) Homepage
      Will Facebook have the compassion of Foxconn to put up suicide nets to prevent employees from offing themselves?

      Does the employment agreement allow Facebook to harvest an employee's vital organs (assuming their ISP hasn't already gotten them first)?

      Isn't everyone at Facebook a user of PHP? Does PHP show up on a random drug test?
    • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

      by scourfish ( 573542 )
      Yes, shame on a company for offering convenience and perks that make working for them attractive.
      • by b0s0z0ku ( 752509 ) on Wednesday December 06, 2017 @11:17AM (#55688039)

        The only "perks" I want are a humane amount of vacation time (3-4 weeks, as most of the world gets) and 40 hour weeks. Oh, and good pay. I can find my own social life outside of the company door.

        I don't want to be enticed to live my entire life at work.

      • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

        by Anonymous Coward

        The problem with "Perks" is that there is a cost for them to the Company. That cost could just as easily be exchanged for more employee pay so that YOU can choose what "Perks" YOU want to offer yourself. I work at a small company and we have this discussion all the time: "Would you rather have more cash pay or XYZ perk." Every time the result is XYZ perk is great for 3/4 of the people but is worthless for 1/4 and so we continue to opt for more pay, which allows everyone to buy whatever god damn "perk" we

        • In my experience, the reason for perks at work has been because some employees like to take naps at lunch, traffic in a city makes driving to a gym after work difficult, and also because the occasional catered lunch is a nice alternative to the brown-bagged sandwiches that most people pack. It's been neither nefarious nor altruistic.
    • by AmiMoJo ( 196126 )

      It's quite common to provide a meal and maybe some exercise facilities at European companies. It's considered a fairly standard perk. Smaller places order food in, larger places have their own kitchen and staff.

      Child care and some medical services are also starting to appear, especially in Japan where the government really wants people to have more children.

      • Yeah at the HQ there are lunches in the cafeteria and my our office, meal vouchers that can be used in most restaurants nearby. There's also a gym that I use instead of going out for lunch.

        Anyway, as far as I'm concerned, my satisfaction with the company as a place of work has little to do with any of this and mostly with the direct team, manager, and work culture there. While everyone puts in maximum time and effort when necessary, you can make up for it by bailing early on Fridays or other slow days. Nobo

      • If Japan wants more children, they need to ban the sexbots first

  • I am just wondering what may have happened to Google.

    Did Google deteriorate or Facebook just became better?

    Disclaimer: I post this message with a bias. I have come to hate Google of late; especially when it comes to product/feature execution on Android. I still use their products daily, though.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      I am just wondering what may have happened to Google.

      I was on the main Google campus a year ago for a job interview. And maybe it's just the sour grapes talking since I didn't get an offer. But, wow, was it bleak!

      The famous Google free lunches were in cafes that were horribly overcrowded - and the food was smugly pretentious - very low quality pizza but with arugula and goat cheese. Congratulations, Google you ruined pizza! It was what you would expect if a bunch of hippies who didn't like each other and weren't feeling at all generous got together for a potl

    • by Anonymous Coward

      I am just wondering what may have happened to Google.

      According to TFA, it's better to work at In'N'Out burger and flip burgers than work at Google.

  • Of course it is.

    It's a bastion of reactionary, authoritarian Leftism plonked right down in the middle of one of the furthest left-leaning cities in a state that's practically deranged by how far left it leans.

    (These people think if they subvert local government, they can completely exempt themselves from federal laws whenever they want. Oh, and they want to secede because the rest of the country isn't as nuts as they are.)

    • by b0s0z0ku ( 752509 ) on Wednesday December 06, 2017 @11:22AM (#55688101)

      (a) FB HQ is not in San Francisco, it's in Menlo Park, closer to San Jose.
      (b) California's residents are fairly centrist. There's just less religious nutbaggery as far as wanting to control what science people learn in school (birth control, sex ed, etc).
      (c) California would do well as the world's (7th?) largest economy if Calexit happens (don't Conservatives want CA out, already?). They'd probably even make a free-trade pact with Mexico just to annoy the Trumpites.

      • They might, be default, already have NAFTA - if they choose to inherit things that they had from the US. But that may not be the case. And yes, if Cali left many of us would be happy - and I'm not particularly conservative, I'm more libertarian. Too bad California IS incredibly leftist - at least within 50 miles of the coast.
      • Everybody who agrees with someone else's views usually refers to them as centrist. I'm sure Stalin thought his views were fairly centrist as well. And don't even pretend California could exist on its own. Just the water issue alone is enough to derail it.

        • Nuclear or solar desalination. Heard of it?
          • by Chas ( 5144 )

            Yeah, but this is the Trail Mix state.

            NO NUKES! NO NUKES! NUKES EVIL! NO NUKES!

            And good luck procuring enough solar capacity to make desalination a viable option.

      • by Chas ( 5144 )

        A) Tomato, Tomato. It's basically the equivalent of driving from the south side of Chicago to the north side. Pfft. And considering that, north to south, Cali is almost TWICE the length of Illinois and roughly the same width... Let's just agree that your idea of "near" and mine are different...

        B) Californians come in 4 varieties.
        * 1) Crazies
        * 2) People who're stuck there with the crazies.
        * 3) People who're in the process of moviing out.
        * 4) People who're moving in because they don't understand "CRAZIES!

    • by AmiMoJo ( 196126 )

      Right, what kind of leftist hell hole must it be where people are happy and content at work...

      • by nwaack ( 3482871 )

        Right, what kind of leftist hell hole must it be where people are happy and content at work...

        Lots of cult members are happy where they are too. The only thing it really means is that the brainwashing is working.

        • Lots of cult members are happy where they are too. The only thing it really means is that the brainwashing is working.

          People in cults are happy.

          Ergo anyone happy is in a cult.

          Therefore we should make everyone unhappy so we guarantee they're not in a cult.

          • by Chas ( 5144 )

            No. There's simply ample evidence to draw a conclusion that FB is a heavily biased place to work in.
            So long as your biases line up with theirs? It's all smooth sailing.
            The second they DON'T? Look for a new job FAST because your life will become a living hell.

          • by nwaack ( 3482871 )

            Ergo anyone happy is in a cult.

            Um, no. That is the most ridiculous logic I've heard in a very long time and I am now dumber for having read that. It terrifies me that people like you are allowed to vote.

            • Um, no.

              No shit sherlock!

              That is the most ridiculous logic I've heard in a very long time and I am now dumber for having read that.

              That's why I was mocking the OP for it.

              It terrifies me that people like you are allowed to vote.

              It sort of terrifies me that you vote after getting the wrng end of the stick quite so hard.

    • And I say, please, don't let the door hit you in the rear on the way out. Go, please!
    • by nwaack ( 3482871 )
      "Nuts" is a good way of putting it. I had some friends move down that way for a couple years, then they moved back up to the Midwest. When they came back they had completely changed and talked as if they were in a cult. They weren't actually in a cult...they'd just been drinking all the far-left koolaid, but the similarities were scary.
    • I get to censor people! WHEE!!!

      I otice the "muh freeze peach" crowd have been awfully quiet about Facebook's latest actions:

      https://www.theguardian.com/te... [theguardian.com]

      I think you all have a huge case of double standards.

      • by Chas ( 5144 )

        No. I simply view it as a limited instance of people's own shortsightedness coming back and biting them in their over-privileged ass.

        It doesn't mean I find censorship a Good Thing. Even with an isolated incident of egalitarianism.

    • by cas2000 ( 148703 )

      Only Americans could believe that California is "far left" or even "left" at all.

      To the rest of the world, Californian politics and society are very far from left - centre-right at the very most. Neo-liberal corporate capitalism with a few minor bandaids to help keep it from being completely unbearable.

      Americans tend to believe that anything which makes life under capitalism even slightly more tolerable is outrageously socialist.

      so, yeah, California is deranged....but less so than most of the rest of Ameri

  • Do they know that Zukerberg will know how they voted for this survey and so they voted to make sure they stay on the good books?
  • If you enjoy a marketplace monopoly. Eventually the winds of fate will change and FB will face real market realities.

  • Ethics (Score:4, Insightful)

    by JohnFen ( 1641097 ) on Wednesday December 06, 2017 @11:12AM (#55688003)

    If you work at Facebook, count yourself pretty lucky.

    And lacking a sense a sense of ethics.

  • If you like the place you work when asked you fill out the survey, "Yeah cool a great place to work". If you hate it you leave. I cannot discern their methodology but I suspect this may be an important factor.

  • So I can sit in Mark Zuckerbergs "world's largest" open plan office every day. What's not to love?
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  • by Bert64 ( 520050 ) <bert@slashdoTOKY ... e.com minus city> on Wednesday December 06, 2017 @11:28AM (#55688159) Homepage

    Wether a place is good to work at or not depends on your personal circumstances - what job do you do, who are your immediate colleagues and manager, how far do you have to commute to work etc. I've seen many companies were certain departments were treated like kings, while other people doing different jobs are treated like dirt.

  • Stockholm Syndrome. Sure, the perks must be nice. But literally living in Big Brother's House has got to do something to their heads. Give a good review, or get fast tracked out the door. And Big Brother is watching...
  • ... came in at number 19.

    Could it be that this list actually reflects organizations incentivizing voting on the list, rather than what the list purports? I wonder.

  • by rcharbon ( 123915 ) on Wednesday December 06, 2017 @12:43PM (#55688865) Homepage
    Back in the day, when I worked at a Serious Company that took these things Seriously, we employees learned to give everything the top rating. That cut down on the inevitable bullshit that followed the survey, as management attempted to force us to fix whatever scored badly.
    • I was about to say this. Complaining about anything, even anonymously, leads to trouble. Either management will ignore the complaint and try and track down the 'troublemakers' (there's really no such thing as anonymous feedback folks) or they'll go the exact opposite and bend over backwards to fix the issue only going overboard and causing new issues in return. It never works out the way you think it will.

      An example: Someone complained that there were never enough meeting rooms open and they couldn't dis
      • Complaint: Too many meetings Response: Meetings to discuss how to reduce the number of meetings When I was assigned to the committee that would meet to discuss how to reduce the number of meetings I pointed out (repeatedly) that we could start reducing the number of meetings by cancelling the meetings to discuss how to reduce the number of meetings. I got tossed out of the committee. Unsurprisingly, there was no useful result from those meetings.
      • Case in point: I complained about an ethics issue.
        I no longer work for the company (not by my choice, but I am happy with the result).

      • by AmiMoJo ( 196126 )

        My company takes feedback and it's worked well so far. Working hours changed (Friday afternoons off!), parking issues were sorted out, even the free coffee improved.

        If your company can't handle feedback it's probably a symptom of deeper problems.

  • I wish all these people who liked working for facebook liked being ethical more. Facebook is doing some really fucking scummy sketchy shit when it comes to people's privacy. It's not cool.
  • I mean, sure its good for a fast food job, but higher than Salesforce? Hubspot? Google?

    • In -N- out pays it's workers significantly better than most fast food places. As a result, they get the actually motivated young people working their first jobs. When I was a teenager I had multiple friends who fought to get a job there. If you're sixteen and everyone you know is schlubbing minimum wage, and you make two bucks more with coworkers who are actually smart, it can be a good working environment.
      The managers can make around 120K, so that's not chump change either.

  • The worst site for visiting.
  • by Anonymous Coward

    When you start bragging about how sparkly the shackles around your neck are, we've reach peak Huxleyism.

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