Every week, Mark Zuckerberg meets 16,000 employees at Facebook’s Menlo Park, California headquarters. These meetings, referred to as Q&A sessions, gives Zuckerberg a chance to hear from the rank and file, and what goes on in the afternoon sessions have been recently revealed.
According to Recode, the Q&A is held every Friday at 4 p.m. in Facebook’s new building, and Zuckerberg speaks for about an hour with employees. COO Sheryl Sandberg, product boss Chris Cox, and CTO Mike Schroepfer sit in the front row of chairs set up for employees in case Zuckerberg needs them to answer a question.
Employees who work out of a remote office can watch the livestreamed meeting through Facebook’s internal portal. While meetings are limited to Facebook employees, Zuckerberg invites guests every now and then. It can be recalled that Jay-Z attended a Q&A back in 2013.
The Facebook founder typically starts with opening remarks, then acknowledges any tenured employees celebrating a work anniversary, internally known as a “Faceversary.” Then, Zuckerberg would honor a behind-the-scenes worker who accomplished a “fix of the week” on the social media site.
After all the formalities, Zuckerberg starts answering questions submitted by employees. It was said that topics vary and that the 32-year-old doesn’t usually talk about their competitors.
Apart from being one of the most hardworking CEOs in the world, Zuckerberg is also very much loved by Facebook employees due to his openness with them, and the fact that he is said to be approachable, accessible, and a good motivator.
Glassdoor spokesman Scott Dobroski told Bloomberg that Zuckerberg is famous for not having his own office.
“He seats in the open seating area along with every single other employee, and they see him in a regular bathroom as they would anyone,” Dobroski added.
A former employee told Recode that everyone at Facebook is extremely loyal to Zuckerberg and that when their leader tells them about a secret project, it has become “a little bit of a pact” not to leak the secret to the public.
“People come to work at Facebook because they want to work for Zuckerberg,” said the former employee. “No one else has a Mark.”
For more, check out Jobs & Hire’s report on what it takes to land a job at Facebook.