If you envisaged the hallowed halls of Facebook to be the domain of an egotistical, slave-driving CEO. Count yourself very wrong. Facebook was ranked the ‘best place to work’ this year by U.S. job site Glassdoor.com.
A review of job satisfaction and Chief Executive approval ratings found Mark Zuckerberg to have the highest rating this year at 99.3%. Glassdoor.com found the five highest-rated CE’s of software companies (taken from a list of fifty) to be SAP’s Bill McDermott and Jim Hagemann Snabe at 98.6%, McKinsey’s Dominic Barton at 97%, Ernst & Young’s Jim Turley at 96% and and John Schlifske of Northwestern Mutual at 96%.
Zuckerberg’s high approval may have come as a surprise considering Facebook’s financial troubles of late, fluctuating stock price and need for strategy change but apparently this had little to no impression on the employees who rated their fearless leader according to whether they believed the business was being led efficiently and in the right direction. The company’s stock price is still 30% down from its IPO in May 2012 but this seems to have been seen as ‘one of those things’ in the tough world of technology innovation rather than a great error on the CE’s part. Employees did not judge the financial position of the business as much as how well they were being motivated, what future plans were being put in place and how well these plans were being communicated.
One of the main praises being sung among Facebook staff was the accessible, approachable manner of their management and staff in general. Zuckerberg famously doesn’t have his own office, preferring to sit in the open plan area with his employees. The working environment has been described as having ‘no red tape’, with small teams who have a great deal of autonomy and are recognised and rewarded for the results of their hard work. While working at Facebook was described as a ‘challenge’, it is also said to be made up of people rather than figureheads and to celebrate a ‘culture of openness.’
In fact, some of the only cons cited about being a Facebook employee came from contractors who felt ‘left out’ due to the temporary nature of their position, as well as complaints about the free food in the cafe, which was ‘making them fat’ and ‘could be tastier.’