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Facebook described as 'cult-like' by ex-employees, review system detailed

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Former Facebook employees detailed how the company's leadership and performance review system have created aRead full story

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  • The culture at Facebook is poisonous. It is really tragic. Imagine working at a company where the UN confirms that your product enabled the death of 9,000 people with 42,000 missing and presumed dead — in six months in Myanmar — and not one employee speaks up. Not then. Not now.

  • I'm sorry, but performance reviews and peer reviews do not make for a cult. They are a standard business practice and an effective way to reward performance and provide feedback for personal growth.

  • Dr Gail Barnes
    Dr Gail BarnesPartner at Personify LLC

    Ever wonder why Facebook tech. seems so buggy and broken? “If you’re up for promotion, and it’s based on whether you get a product out or not, you’re almost certainly going to push that product out,” a former engineer said. “Otherwise you’re going to have to wait another year to get that promotion.”

  • Luis D Contreras
    Luis D ContrerasManager at Strategy&

    Why do we keep demonizing Facebook for normal stuff that happens all the time in many places big and small?

    Just go to Glassdoor and check all the companies that are much more poorly reviewed as employers than Facebook.

  • I don’t think the review system is the cause of what increasingly appears to be a toxic culture. A contributor perhaps, but not one of the major factors.

    Being supportive of the company is generally expected. And if you cannot be supportive you should leave, it’s not a good fit.

    But being supportive of an organization should include the right - and expectation- that you speak out and speak up. When employees are restricted to parroting positions the culture tanks, and more importantly performance

    I don’t think the review system is the cause of what increasingly appears to be a toxic culture. A contributor perhaps, but not one of the major factors.

    Being supportive of the company is generally expected. And if you cannot be supportive you should leave, it’s not a good fit.

    But being supportive of an organization should include the right - and expectation- that you speak out and speak up. When employees are restricted to parroting positions the culture tanks, and more importantly performance suffers. This seems to be the bigger issue than the review process.

  • Unfortunately every brand create an aura around it and to do so, it requires their employees to feel honored to work there. Additionally- sentiment with respect to share pricing is another aspect of intent from such maneuvers.

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