Google and Facebook are two of the hottest companies in tech. And with expanding operations in the Seattle area, both offer dream positions for many top-notch geeks. Of course, Facebook is the smaller of the two companies, and because of its pending IPO one might think the more desirable place to work. But according to an infographic released today by Glassdoor, Google’s employee satisfaction levels have overtaken Facebook for the first time in four years. Does that mean Mark Zuckerberg and crew are slipping?

At Facebook, long hours are the biggest gripe, with nine percent of employees citing it as an issue, according to Glassdoor’s research. At Google more employees — seven percent of staffers who completed the survey — complained about salary and compensation. That was followed by politics, with six percent of Googlers citing it as an issue.

That’s a traditional startup versus big company complaint. There’s not as much upside potential at a bigger company and they are loaded with politics, but at an up-and-comer you’ve got to work your tail off. Curious, after looking at the infographic believe, which company you’d prefer to work at?


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  • Guest

    This seems like a pretty misleading headline, John. Nine out of every 10 Googlers and Facebookers are satisfied with the company, and the largest “gripe” is a tiny slice of employees. (See that “9%” slice that takes up a third of the pie?)

    John, please rewrite the headline to state what Facebookers and Googlers actually think about their employers.

    • johnhcook

      I thought the gripes — even though a small percentage — was the most interesting aspect of the graphic so I focused on that. Given all of the information packed in this graphic, there are actually dozens of possible headlines that could work. I thought about Facebook versus Google: The battle for talent rages on. 

      But just didn’t like it as well. Thanks for your feedback. 

  • Guest

    Things could be worse. Either could have Ballmer for a CEO.

    • Guest

      Steve Ballmer was asked to be the CEO of Google and Facebook? I’d like to know more.

  • Guest

    Both the Glassdoor data and the reporter’s analysis (or lack thereof) are abysmal.

    First, take the top four pie graphs.  None total to 100%.  That’s just a bush league data visualization mistake.  If you add the pros and cons graphs for each company they total to 100%.  The way the data is presented (where the cons graph is of equal size to the pros) misleads the reader to believe that employees are more critical of each company than they really are.  If Glassdoor is going to present this kind of information they need to learn how to do so effectively.  One method would be to present each company’s data in a single pie with the con and pro slices separated.

    Move to the second set of questions (the six bar graphs).  The footnote says that these results are the result of at least 10 responses per year.  The overall company rating varies by 0.2% between the two companies.  While it’s impossible to know if this result is significantly meaningful without knowing the variance in the raw data I’ll wager that it’s not significant if the number of responses is anywhere close to ten.  A critical reporter would question the data or present the margin of error when presenting statistics like this.

    I don’t work for Facebook or Google.  Nor do I work for Glassdoor or its competitors.  I’m simply interested in quality journalism, and this simple parroting of a questionable Glassdoor news release is weak at best.  I’ll suggest an alternate headline for the article, “Glassdoor presents misleading picture of two companies using statistically invalid data in a successful attempt at self-promotion”

    • Guest

      Thank you. Poor-quality information doesn’t improve in quality by having a lackey draw up some crude graphics in Adobe Illustrator. John should be ashamed for simply pasting this non-informational graphic onto his once-proud web site without question.

  • Adrian Wainer

    Facebook are such a scummy company, for example, folks who are hardcore neo-Nazis who do stuff like taunt Jews about stuffing them in concentration camp ovens and threaten to kidnap other Facebook users and put them on an intravenous drip of hydrochloric acid seem to have no difficulty with Facebook Moderation but one can get one’s Facebook account permabanned by Facebook Moderation for posting the like of the following link, “ “, so it is hard to imagine that anybody outside of the like of psychopaths, Nazis, sadists, the psychotic and masochists with a desire to be brutally murdered would be happy campers working in Facebook ?

  • Christopher Budd

    I find the story very interesting and informative myself. The levels of dissatisfaction may not be deep, but both these companies are starting to enter a state of size and maturity such that the heady early days can’t last much longer. Seeing where gripes are starting to emerge early on is very helpful and interesting.

    My one piece of feedback is that the fonts on the infographic are small and hard to read in places. If there’s a way to have a blow-up version that would be great.

  • Robert

    I agree with Google and Facebook are two of the hottest companies in tech

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