Facebook's Unhealthy Obsession With Growth Persists After Years Of Scandal - 2019-12-17
Facebook's growth at any cost mentality has birthed innumerable scandals over the past decade — election meddling, political discord, privacy invasion. Yet today, after repeated apologies and promises to do better, that mentality remains largely unchanged. BuzzFeed News has learned the company continues to evaluate and compensate product managers based mostly on their ability to grow its products, with little regard to the impact of those products on the world. In fact, for Facebook, the very word "impact" is often defined by internal growth rather than external consequences and it uses growth metrics as key criteria for evaluating performance and determining compensation changes.
This emphasis on growth, particularly as it's tied to performance evaluation, encourages Facebook's employees to focus on growth above all else, sources close to the company told BuzzFeed News.
"Working at Facebook made me aware of how you can reprogram humans," one ex–product manager who recently left the company said. "It's hard to believe that you could get humans to override all of their values that they came in with. But with a system like this, you can. I found that a bit terrifying."