Why Facebook Is A Better Place To Work Than Google


Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) and Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) are the two most desirable companies to work with, but a recent report from Business Insider compared both companies on different metrics to find out the best of the two.

Employees more satisfied at Facebook

Starting from overall satisfaction metrics, Facebook scores over Google. Employees at the social networker ranked it better overall giving it a 4.6 compared to Google, which was given a rating of 4.1 from at least 550 company reviews per company. Satisfaction ratings are based on a 5-point scale: 1.0=very dissatisfied, 3.0=OK, 5.0=very satisfied. So, we can see that employees are highly satisfied with both companies.

Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) scored better than before indicating that employers are more satisfied than before. For present quarter, both companies are at the same level.

CEO rating, Zuckerberg favorite

The second point on which both companies were evaluated was the CEO approval rating. Facebook scored again over Google by 2 points. Back in 2011, employees at Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) were happier with their CEO Larry Page compared to Facebook employees with their CEO Mark Zuckerberg. At that time, Facebook did not issue its IPO, and there were rumors around that Mark Zuckerberg may sell Facebook as onlookers demanded a more mature CEO.Facebook

However, in 2012, after Facebook’s IPO, employees were satisfied with their CEO, but ratings plunged again with the launch of Facebook phone in collaboration with HTC, which failed. Despite the plunge earlier, Zuckerberg scored 97% compared to 95% of Page based on at least 475 ratings per CEO. Zuckerberg has a 100% CEO approval rating so far in this quarter.

Employees more optimistic for Facebook

Next, both companies are rated on the basis of employee confidence. Around 84% of Facebook employees compared to 80% of Google employees believe that company’s business will improve in the next six months. Around 18% of Google employees believe that company’s performance will remain the same in the next year compared to 16% of Facebook. For Google, 2% of its employees believe that their company’s business will tumble in the next six months compared to 0% for Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB).

This data was based on at least 60 ratings per company over the past three months, August-November.

Google offers better salaryFacebook

One big thing that Google has over Facebook is that it pays more for technical talent. Average salary for a Google software engineer was $128,225 over a year compared to Facebook’s $121,183. Employees at Google are more satisfied with perks like free food compared to Facebook employees. Google emerges as a winner in work/life balance compared to Facebook. However, Interviews at Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) are marginally shorter and simpler than that of Google.

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About the Author

Aman Jain
Aman is MBA (Finance) with an experience on both Marketing and Finance side. He has worked as a Risk Analyst for AIR Worldwide, and is currently leading VeRa FinServ, a Financial Research firm. Favorite pastimes include watching science fiction movies, reviewing tech gadgets, playing PC games and cricket. - Email him at amanjain@valuewalk.com

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