Behind every successful website is a hardworking web engineer. In Facebook’s case, it is actually around a thousand hardworking web engineers. With such a large workforce, it’s easy to see why Facebook is the leader of social tech innovations. Features and apps such as Facebook Messenger, News Feed, Timeline, “Likes”, and other Facebook features are now cultural phenomena and technological hallmarks.
Part of why Facebook is such a successful company is the mindset that Facebook instills into its employees. Fresh hires undergo a unique Facebook training: bootcamp.
In Facebook’s bootcamp, gone are the old-fashioned ways of boring lectures and endless talks. Recruits are encouraged to dive right in to the meat of Facebook’s codes and start having fun. This hacker mentality which forms a crucial cornerstone in Facebook’s culture may be its key to success as well.
Each new recruit is encouraged to “move fast, break things” right on their first day on the job. As Facebook is a social endeavor, so too is the mentality for its coding. “Fail Harder”, the posters say. Don’t worry about breaking things; everyone’s going to help you fix it anyway. On the off-chance that you succeed, you make Facebook legend. Facebook urges its new employees to push the envelope, take a bit more risk, and hope for a larger triumph in the end.
While a big part of bootcamp will of course be instructions on how the Facebook program works, another huge part of it is devoted to changing the outlook and perspective of its workers. Huge posters and banners proudly proclaim Facebook philosophies such as “People over Pixels” and “Fail Harder”. These posters assert the mindset that Facebook strives to foster in its employees. We’ve taken the liberty to pepper this article with some of the posters, courtesy of VentureBeat.
Knowing these, it is much easier to understand how Facebook became the company that it is today. Again, behind every successful company is a dedicated workforce. However, in Facebook’s case, it’s not enough to be hardworking, it’s much better to do things fast and do it good.