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I'm an engineering manager on our real-time infrastructure team, and my team focuses on GraphQL Subscriptions — a component of the widely-used GraphQL open source query language for APIs — that makes it easier for engineers to build real-time features into their products. At Facebook, this framework powers a number of features that people use every day, including comment-typing indicators and streaming reactions on live videos.
At Facebook, you have the opportunity to contribute to an incredibly wide range of infrastructure projects. While our engineers have a variety of expertise, they share a passion for solving complex engineering challenges at scale. It's humbling to know that everything you work on can potentially impact more than two billion people around the world.
We develop the network software for Facebook applications on iOS and Android platforms. This includes measuring and improving performance, reliability, security, and efficiency of network communication with Facebook servers. Getting the most out of a diverse set of worldwide mobile networks, and millions of handsets with a wide range of hardware capabilities is challenging as well as fun. All this while we play good citizens in these networks and are mindful of the device battery, storage, and data consumption.
The three floors of the office are each marked with a footpath intended for walking meetings or a guide through the space. In this photo, you'll see the top floor captures the brick inlays of the Freedom Trail.
As part of Facebook Boston's Artist-in-Residence Program, Artist Joe Wardwell's piece overlays landscapes of the Boston Harbor and beyond with text contributions of cultural and
intellectual luminaries from Boston and the greater Massachusetts area. The Boston Harbor is a symbol of liberty, place of commerce and exchange, and exporter of material, cultural, and
intellectual goods and ideas. Layering lyrics from the song “Modern World” by The Modern Lovers,
the artist utilizes this groundbreaking proto-punk song to underscore the important role the
region has played in the countercultural development of the United States.
The new office features three floors, 130K sq ft with 650+ seats and will help Facebook scale their Boston teams.
Facebook Boston has grown to more than 200 employees and continues to play a central role in the development of a number of our global products and technologies.
FUN FACT: Facebook Boston's astronaut was created for a hackathon, and the team loved it so much, he made the move to the new office and pops up in new and unexpected places.
In every Facebook office around the world, including Facebook Boston, you'll notice original posters adorning the walls. The company's Analog Research Lab provides a space for employees to express themselves in different ways than they might be able to in their day-to-day roles. They offer print-making classes, as well as resources for other forms of visual art. Since so much of the work at Facebook is digital, many employees find it valuable to work with their hands and exercise a different part of their brains.
Follow the sign to the Hack Shack -- Facebook Boston's state of the art café that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner to employees.
When you arrive at the Facebook Boston lobby, you are immediately greeted by the work of Artist Mark Cooper. The artist uses ceramic, paper, wood, ink, and paint to create this immersive and playful installation. By utilizing a myriad of materials, he exhibits the tenacity and surprising qualities of what is thought to be intrinsically ‘heavy’ mediums. Using these materials, he transports viewers to a joyous and uplifting world of controlled chaos.
Facebook is committed to ensuring their people not only feel supported, but also have the tools and resources to do some of the best work of their lives. At Facebook Boston, the culinary service reflects this as employees don’t have to worry about packing a lunch and can enjoy healthy food to fuel their day.
Facebook Boston's Hack Shack Café features the "Green Monster" Salad Bar and a state-of-the-art 3K sq ft. kitchen with a smoker & pizza oven in the main kitchen.
Facebook Boston provides a large open floor plan that allows us to maintain a collaborative and transparent work environment, which is the foundation of our culture.
In Boston, the team works on some of the world's most complex, technical challenges. And they rely on the office's onsite tech support team if their laptop or equipment needs an upgrade, troubleshooting or general support.
If you visit the Facebook Boston office, your first stop needs to be The Facebook Wall! Grab a marker, sign your name and leave a message.
The simple design of Facebook Boston is efficient, practical and not extravagant and the layout reinforces Facebook's open and transparent culture.
On each floor, Facebook Boston microkitchens offer an array of snacks and drinks to keep the team fueled up and healthy.
This piece, inspired by artist Sneha Shrestha's Nepalese heritage, is comprised of one mantra repeated to created patterns in Sanskrit that translates into “You can imagine too”. The artist uses paint and hand-lettering to create portals around doorways in hopes of transporting viewers into a world of possibilities and imagination through thought and meditation.
The Facebook Boston team had a lot fun with the meeting room names. Rooms are bundled in themes and pay homage to their home. Each name was created and voted on by the Boston staff.
Artist Ethan Murrow’s tenacity in process is highlighted in this installation made completely out of marker ink directly applied into the wall. The subject of this piece is the once very locally common sturgeon fish and how the artist imagines it adapting to the new tech-inclined environment through
innovation and physical adaptation.
The office's Red Line walking path is a nod to its Cambridge roots with Facebook logos at the Harvard Square and Kendall/MIT stops.
The office's Red Line walking path is a nod to its Cambridge roots with Facebook logos at the Harvard Square and Kendall/MIT stops.
Artist Emily Brodrick explores the relationship of materiality to composition in this installation by using paper sculptures and echoing their negative space around them. This juxtaposition of paper and paint forms an ethereal installation that highlights the joy of the human hand.
Where everybody knows your name at Facebook Boston -- the Hackhouse bar, a tribute to the most famous watering hole in Beantown. After work, this is a popular spot where the team will gather for happy hours and impromptu meet ups.
Facebook Boston's nautical-themed library provides a quiet space for the team to slip away from their desk and find inspiration.
Facebook Boston Founder Ryan Mack catching up on work in the library's secret room that's accessed through the book case doorway.
The row boat on the Charles provides a "photo moment' in the office where guests are invited to jump in, snap a pic and share on Facebook and Instagram.
Artist Maria Molteni examines the relationship between lucid dreaming, symbols, and how we anchor ourselves in reality in this multimedia installation.
In 2007, Facebook opened their first office in New York. Since then, Facebook New York has grown to more than 2,900 employees and continues to play a central role in the development of a number of the company's global products and technologies.
Today, Facebook New York's office on Broadway sits in the famous John Wanamaker building, a former department store founded by Philadelphian John Wanamaker as his NYC flagship store. The company currently occupies seven floors within the building, a dedicated lobby space and the roof deck. Engineering teams based in this office include: Instagram, News, Messenger, Business Directory, Enterprise Engineering and Web Speed along with the Facebook Artificial Intelligence Research (FAIR) team.
The Facebook Art Department houses a number of initiatives that help make art a part of the Facebook employee experience and make the corporate culture feel not-so-corporate. These initiatives include the Artist in Residence (AIR) program. Launched in 2012, the AIR team invites contemporary artists from around the world to use our offices as a canvas — not to simply realize a commission, but to be who they are and make the work that they make, taking risks and sharing messages they feel are important to our community.
Artist-in-Residence Trevor Croop created A love letter to New York, a light-activated mural that depicts monuments and architecture from the local neighborhood and all over the world, intending to transport us into a space beyond their conscious and constructed experience. As you draw closer to the wall and capture an image with your camera flash, the invisible glass coating gives you a glimpse of the city beyond the walls of the office space.
Here is a photo with the flash and the city view.
Over the summer, Facebook New York opened up this floor, and when they designed the space, the team had been dreaming of doing something completely different and unique from any other FB Cafe in the world. Introducing... Kung Food! An Asian Brasserie concept, open for lunch daily, rotating through different Asian cuisines every month.
The "What's on your mind" Wall is a long-standing Facebook tradition that lives in every Facebook office. It's become a collection of autographs, inspirational quotes, funny messages and well wishes. This particular wall in FBNY includes photos of a recent group of summer interns.
Facebook's Analog Research Lab exists to promote creativity, innovation, openness, and connectivity within our community through art and design. The Lab was founded through passion and hard work, not corporate initiative. Its existence is a reflection of the freedom afforded to employees as well as an example of its hacker spirit.
There are Analog Lab maker spaces in offices around the globe, including this one in Facebook's NYC office. You can learn printmaking and other creative skills. Each represents an opportunity to learn by doing–where you can be a hands-on contributor to Facebook's culture.
Guess which Facebook NY engineering team sits near the "Local" sign? The Location Infrastructure team! They're integral to Facebook family product experiences, and the team unlocks key strategic advantages for the company by powering location-aware products that bring the world closer together. The group is divided between Boston and New York.
In New York, there are two teams which focus on machine learning problems related to detecting duplicates and junk in places data, creating correct polygons for geographical regions, detecting visits to places, and more. The teams service many infrastructure and product teams within the Facebook family.
On a stairwell connecting two floors, Artist in Residence Gabriel Dawe designed ''Plexus C14." The work is made up of bright gradients of over 3,000 threads and was woven over the course of one week, between bars above and below the stairs.
Now based in Dallas, and originally from Mexico City, Gabriel’s site-specific installations are mathematical feats. They explore the relationship between fashion and architecture, and how they relate to the human need for shelter and connection. One of Gabriel's initial attractions to thread as a sculptural medium was its ability to subvert gender constructs and expectations.
Artist in Residence Lauren Clay's installation Floating Windows creates hand-marbled paper collage landscapes and photographs them to create a background for sculptural forms in this installation. By distorting the viewer's perception of dimension and materiality, the artist challenges preconceived notions of dimensionality and reality.
Artist in Residence Tegan Brozyna Roberts' installation Borderland pays homage to traditional quilting techniques, and the artist re-uses maps and atlases to highlight that materials inherently retain memory. These modular individual forms come together to create an imagined, colorful landscape.
Artist in Residence Joe Reihsen's installation Double Wide combines spray paint and brush strokes applied to mylar, then collaged onto the painting. Brush strokes are repeated, sliced and drop-shadowed: the same way you might apply filters in a computer. This combination of traditional painting and a digital aesthetic recalls early digital imaging technology.
Artist-in-Residence Rachel Mica Weiss' installation Eroded Topographies is composed of thousands of individually dyed and hung ropes, layered to mimic the risings and faillings of caverns and cliffs.
On the recently opened 10th Floor, Facebook recreated the New York City street food scene for an edible tour of what vendors on the asphalt have to offer. From tacos to halal to BBQ - the Facebook NY team is covered. And since everything goes by in a New York minute, so does the lunch lines!
To compliment the street food scene, the seating area replicates an outdoor park theme, giving Facebookers a chance to grab a meal and a comfortable spot for great lunchtime conversation.
The Interfaith room is intended for prayer, contemplation, meditation, reflection, or any practice for any and all Facebookers with religious and non-religious backgrounds.
Facebook's hacker culture lives throughout the office and across each floor. It's an approach to building that involves continuous improvement and iteration. Hackers believe that something can always be better, and that nothing is ever complete. They just have to go fix it — often in the face of people who say it's impossible or are content with the status quo.
Lots of light and open space at Facebook's FGBG café on the 14th floor. A favorite lunch spot for Facebookers on the go, FBGB features ready-made meals and open seating for more than 200.
The "Love is Love" wall created and designed by several Facebook New York employees who came together to create this installation that both represents the culture and creativity of the company.
High atop the office, Facebookers can leave their desks behind and grab a tree-shaded seat on the roof deck terrace. A favorite spot from Spring until Fall across every engineering team, the scenic views and peaceful vibes provide a great venue to meet with colleagues, work alone or simply take a break from computer screens.
Welcome to Instagram New York! The moment you walk into the office, you're greeted by a selection of the latest images popping up on Instagram. On this day, #CatsofInstagram didn't disappoint.
Each Facebook office has its own “photo moments," must-stop destinations for anyone touring the office to take a pic and share on Instagram and Facebook! This Instagram office photo moment provides a reflective backdrop that captures the energy and creativity of the space.
The walls throughout the office have been transformed into an art gallery, showcasing the work of local photographers in striking portraits. The installations are rotated on a consistent basis, showcasing fresh talent throughout the year.
A favorite stop at the NYC Instagram office is Frozen Palm, a full-service smoothie, juice and gelato shop. From fresh-squeezed OJ in the morning to a Coconut Sorbetto pick-me-up in the afternoon, there's something to energize everyone.
The Instagram team's open workplace promotes collaboration and impromptu interactions needed for effective work and team dynamics; however, the team still needs quiet spaces away from distractions and disruptions in order to concentrate. The library is a popular spot for those looking for reprieve, needing some focus time, or anything in between.
New York is a home base for Instagram engineers who support Home, Discovery, and Shopping. The Instagram Machine Learning team is also based here, working closely with the Instagram product teams that power some of Instagram's most important features such as Feed, Explore, Search, and Shopping, as well as technical teams working on mobile infrastructure to help Instagram work for people with poor connectivity around the world.
The IT Helpdesk staff at Instagram have a singular mission: Unlock every individual's impact. They deliver walk up services to each employee and give them the personal technology tools they need to have an impact.
VentureFizz's very own, Keith Cline, enjoyed this "photo moment" and squeezed in a little work in the smallest office we've ever seen!
High atop the office, the Instagram team can leave their desks behind and grab a seat on the roof deck terrace. A favorite spot from Spring until Fall, the scenic views and peaceful vibes provide a great venue to meet with colleagues, work alone or simply take a break from computer screens.