Tencent Technology News, according to foreign media reports, social networking giant Facebook is still affected by the Cambridge analysis company data scandal more than a year ago, because many former recruiters said that many job seekers refused to be considered the best workplace in the United States. Facebook job opportunities.
The six recruiters who left Facebook in recent months said the company’s hire rate fell sharply after the Cambridge analyst’s data scandal in March 2018. In the scandal, Cambridge Analytics of the United Kingdom improperly used data from 87 million Facebook users and used the data in the 2016 US presidential election to create targeted advertising for Donald Trump.
This has a huge impact on Facebook recruitment because the company recruits thousands of new employees every year. These new employees are key to the company's ability to innovate and improve existing products. The company faces fierce competition from other top technology companies such as Google, Apple, Amazon and Microsoft, as well as countless start-ups.
Job seeker's interest decline
Most notably, the number of college students who have rejected Facebook jobs at top universities has increased dramatically.
Former Facebook recruiters said that in top business schools such as Stanford University, Carnegie Mellon University and Ivy League, the acceptance rate for Facebook full-time graduates has dropped from an average of 85% in the 2017-2018 school year to last year. Between 35% and 55% in December. The biggest drop was at Carnegie Mellon University, where the admission rate for graduates fell to 35%.
The company also encountered this situation during the recruitment process elsewhere.
The company found that in the software engineer job seekers of its product team, the admission rate also declined. A recently recruited recruiter said that the admission rate for these teams has fallen from nearly 90% at the end of 2016 to nearly 50% at the beginning of 2019.
Facebook spokesperson Anthony Harrison said Facebook's workforce grew 36% year-on-year from the first quarter of 2018 to the first quarter of 2019. Facebook questioned the accuracy of the claims of these recruiters, but declined to point out any specific errors.
Harrison told reporters: "These figures are completely wrong. ”
Harrison said in a statement: "On the list of the most attractive employers in the technology industry, Facebook is often among the best. For example, in the past Indeed's Best Workplace leaderboard, we ranked first, ranked second in LinkedIn's top company rankings, and seventh in the GlassDoor leaderboard. Our annual intern survey shows that they have a strong confidence and willingness to return to our company, and we see that the admission rate in the college recruitment process is very high. ”
According to several former recruiters, in general, Facebook job seekers have asked the company's privacy protection methods more severely.
Recruiters say the decline in job seekers' interest has put pressure on Facebook recruiters, which has made it harder for them to fill the backlog of vacancies.
A recruiter who left in 2019 said: “Many of us have to do our best to ensure that the best candidates don’t slip away. ”
Before the candidate's interest declines, there are other signs that more tech employees are rethinking whether to work for Facebook. In December last year, former Facebook employees said they received more letters from current Facebook employees who are looking for jobs elsewhere. In April, executives at a health technology startup found that it was easier to dig out employees from the company after the Facebook data scandal was exposed.
These data scandals have affected the interest of job seekers and have hurt the morale of recruiters.
One of the most recent recruiters said: “The biggest thing that affects Facebook employees is that we know the data scandal at the same time as the public. It’s like, & lsquo; Wait a minute, shouldn’t our leaders tell us about this first? Instead of waiting for our parents or friends to see the relevant information and then contact us? & rsquo; This is shocking. ”
Recruiters say that Facebook has lost to other top companies like Google, Microsoft and Amazon in terms of competing for talent. These companies can offer the same salary and signing bonuses as Facebook, and the scandals are much less.
Former recruiters said that many of Facebook's candidates have also flown to start-ups that are ready to go public or just listed, such as online travel rental services Airbnb, office communication applications Slack, taxi services Uber and Lyft. Some candidates have also chosen high-growth start-ups, including Robinhood and Stripe.
Recruiters say the company’s scandal is not the only reason Facebook’s new recruiting job is in trouble. There are other reasons, including the soaring cost of living in the San Francisco Bay Area and the brutal competition for talent among top technology companies.
Some candidates said that they were not interested because of concerns about the company's overall culture and leadership. Others still say they don't want to work for a company that is presidentially elected to President Trump, and they don't want to work for a company with a prominent board member of Trump's strong supporter, Peter Thiel.
Other candidates, especially students, are also rejecting Facebook invitations because they use Facebook apps less than their predecessors, so they don't want to work for the company.
A former Facebook recruiter at Facebook said: “After the privacy scandal, such as the Cambridge Analysis Company data scandal, college students no longer want to go to Facebook. & rdquo; (Tencent Technology Review / Music)