How to Get Hired as a Software Engineer at Facebook

Sakshi GuptaSakshi Gupta | 5 minute read | July 8, 2020
How to Get Hired as a Software Engineer at Facebook

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Software engineers are the beating heart of Facebook, working to ensure the steady running of the company’s many apps and services. Here’s everything you need to know about becoming a software engineer at Facebook.

Facebook is one of the world’s most influential companies, and one of the most sought-after places to work, especially for software engineers. The company was created by a coder—CEO Mark Zuckerberg—and software engineers are at the very center of the company’s operations. While positions at Facebook are competitive the company is always looking for more software engineers.

Read on to find out how to get hired as a software engineer at Facebook—and don’t forget to check out the guides below!

What’s the work culture like at Facebook?

Facebook is consistently rated as among the best companies to work for in the United States. It sits on the cutting edge of technology, with engineers at Facebook working on software that is used by millions of people every day.

Right from interns and new hires, all software engineers work on code that has real-world and real-product applications, such as Facebook itself and its Android or iOS platforms, WhatsApp, Instagram, or Facebook Messenger.

Employees rate Facebook at 4.4 out of 5 on Glassdoor and rated it at #23 in Indeed’s Best Places to Work 2020 Employees’ Choice Awards. Indeed rates the company highly for all measures, such as work happiness, achievement, and learning.

Software engineering salaries and benefits at Facebook are generous, but many reviews by employees say engineering roles are hard work, with complex and challenging tasks—but this is part of the reason the company attracts some of the best engineers out there.

What are the work benefits like at Facebook?

Not only are the salaries for Facebook software engineers lauded the benefits are also progressive and generous. New hires are often granted moving bonuses and free accommodation until they’re settled in, and stock options often make up a segment of total compensation offered.

Benefits across health and wellbeing, family, finance, community, and time away are core components of the company’s benefits. There are also office-specific perks, such as free meals, onsite drycleaning, and events such as the much-loved Facebook Hackathon.

While the Menlo Park, CA, headquarters of Facebook is the most well-appointed, all offices, from Seattle to New York and overseas, have their own benefits.

Facebook employees rate their benefits program highly, rating it at 4.7 out of 5 on Glassdoor.

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How much does a software engineer at Facebook make?

Facebook’s employees are some of the best compensated in the industry, with interns earning the highest salary of any company in the USA, and entry-level software engineers starting on an average total compensation of $178,000.

Facebook employees’ total compensation often comprises several elements, most commonly:

  • Base salary, according to seniority level
  • Bonus, often including personal and company performance elements
  • Stock options, which vest over time

The level at which software engineers are hired is based on elements such as years of experience, performance in recruiter interviews, and skillset. Each level receives differing total compensation, with more senior roles remunerating a higher proportion of bonus and stock options compared to salary.

Check out this page for more information about salary and benefits for software engineers at Facebook.

What’s the software engineering interview process like at Facebook?

The interview process to land a job at Facebook is not easy, but it’s in place for a reason. The company wants to attract the best talent possible, and the interview process is designed to ensure that’s exactly who is hired.

The interview process has several stages after submitting a resume:

  • The first stage is a preliminary remote “technical screening” interview, designed to gauge a candidate’s coding skill and career aspirations.
  • The second stage is a full day of four or five internal interviews (usually done in a Facebook office, but temporarily conducted by video call due to health and safety measures) comprising a variety of coding interviews, system design interviews, and behavioral interviews.

Check out this page to learn more about the interview process for software engineers at Facebook.

What’s the internship process for software engineers at Facebook?

Internships at tech companies are excellent ways to gain experience and an advantage in the job application process. Facebook accepts many software engineering interns every year, at various levels. Thousands of engineers participate in the summer internship program at the company in offices around the world.

Facebook also offers Facebook University, a program for students and younger people, especially from underrepresented communities. These people work on their own projects in teams and gain valuable exposure to the internal workings of the people, products, and services of Facebook.

Reports show that internships at Facebook are the best paid in the United States, and are extremely popular and sought after. The recruiting process of Facebook internships is similar to that for full-time positions.

Check out this page to learn more about the internship process for software engineers at Facebook.

Springboard can help you get hired as a software engineer at Facebook

Springboard’s Software Engineering Career Track is a nine-month bootcamp that can teach you everything you need to know about software engineering to land the job you want. Key elements of Springboard’s software engineering career track include:

  • Using HTML, CSS and JavaScript to build static web pages
  • Creating web apps
  • Designing server-side JavaScript applications using Node and Express
  • Using React to create single-page web apps
  • Working one-on-one with a mentor who is a current professional software engineer.

With Springboard’s Software Engineering Career Track, you also have unlimited career coaching to help you land your dream job, extending for six months beyond the completion of the course. This mentorship will cover creating a job-search strategy, building your network, resume and LinkedIn tips, practice interviews, and salary negotiation advice.

If you don’t land a job within six months of completing the course, you’ll receive your tuition refunded. The Software Engineering Bootcamp is aimed at ensuring you have the skills, knowledge, and confidence to get hired at Facebook—or wherever your software engineering career goals would take you.

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Sakshi Gupta

About Sakshi Gupta

Sakshi is a Senior Associate Editor at Springboard. She is a technology enthusiast who loves to read and write about emerging tech. She is a content marketer and has experience working in the Indian and US markets.