By Horace Lu
Facebook has started its recruitment in mainland China, according to China Business Network. An e-mail allegedly sent to Chinese university students from Facebook says the Palo Alto-based social media giant is now recruiting around 900 employees globally and wants gruaduates from 5 mainland universities, including Tsinghua University in Beijing.
The e-mail even entices potential employees by telling them, “the earlier you enter a company with an IPO, the more you will earn.”
All new employees are expected to work in California and Seattle, with annual salaries of around $200,000 USD. Welfare and benefits will reportedly be on par with Google employees, while work visas and even US green cards also offered for future Facebookers.
Zhejiang University has confirmed Facebook’s recruitment drive at the university, but says it hasn’t resolved all the details with the social network giant yet.
Facebook’s requirement seems no different from other IT companies, judging from one version of its recruitment ad requiring only an undergraduate, master or PhD degree in computer science related subjects, as well as good C++ and (or) Java skils and a decent grasp of Perl, PHP or Phython.
However, candidates have to pass 2-3 rounds of phone interviews, with a further 3 rounds of onsite interviews, before then moving on to 2 rounds of white board coding.
A Tsinghua University student with the alias of Liu Peng says that although Facebook provides a good platform and handsome pay, he has to take his own abilities and English proficiency, as well as his cultural differences into consideration.
Wang Lei, a veteran IT professional, who has been working in the industry for years, says there won’t be much upward mobility inside the company, unless one is very outstanding.
“In such a company, people must be very busy and have to work for many extra hours. It might not be a good choice in the long-term,” he says.
Facebook’s campaign to be Liked by China
Facebook, blocked by China’s Great Firewall in 2009, is still trying to enter the biggest social-network market in the world. It has registered 68 trademarks under the name of “Facebook Inc.” in China, which is widely seen as a move to avoid future disputes after it enters the Chinese market.
Mark Zuckerberg has visited several Chinese Internet giants such as Baidu, China Mobile, Sina and Alibaba, and has also kept up the time-honored Jewish tradition of dating a Chinese girl.
However, no Facebook management has ever said to have major recruitments in Mainland China.
Tan Chao, software engineer of Facebook and graduate from Mainland’s Tongji University, says he has never heard of any plan to recruit university graduates in mainland China in the company.