A few weeks ago I was fortunate enough (thanks PZig!) to get to tour and have lunch at the Facebook headquarters in Palo Alto, CA. Having seen Twitter’s HQ a few months back, it was cool to see Facebook up-close and personal.
A few things really struck me about the place. First, Zuckerburg doesn’t have an office. He sits right out in the middle of everyone. I love seeing that. I loved seeing it when I visited Twitter and it only reinforces my personal mission not to have an office again, ever.
In fact there are very few offices and just like in The Social Network, there is a conference room right in the middle of one of the main areas and I saw Zuck walking around in there, hoodie and all.
The level of talented developers walking around that place, or at least the feeling you get of that talent, is palpable. From everything I hear in the Valley, its the place everyone wants to find a job at.
“Move fast and break something” is one of the many mantras posted on the walls in different places. There are also conference rooms named after the countries which were named when Facebook passed those countries in population vs. users.
Everyone gets to designer their area however they way. This includes the paint on the wall and floor. You’ll see in one of the pictures below how creative the space looks when you allow people to do that. Even though their individual work area isn’t very big, everyone has a sense of ownership that the space is theirs and theirs alone.
They have hackathons frequently where teams of people work all night on an idea and in the morning they have 90 seconds to present it to the company. Some of these ideas become products on Facebook and some simply exist to promote teamwork and creativity. Word is that Zuck still does this every now and again.
The cafeteria, which is phenomenal, provides different types of food all through the night during the hackathons. And of course, free food all day with chefs and the works.
Below are a few of the photos I shot will there and you can see all my Facebook HQ photos here.