Facebook only has 35 software engineers working in the social media company's offices at Seattle's Pike Place Market. But the Seattle office has been deeply involved in some important work, including working on Facebook's recently announced Skype video chat integration.
KING 5-TV has published a video report catching up on the progress of Facebook's presence in Seattle.
You won't even find a big banner with the company's logo hanging anywhere. But the men and women sprawled throughout the eighth floor office overlooking Pike Place Market have the online weight of the world's largest social network on their shoulders," said KING 5-TV.
"I think Seattle is a serious commitment for Facebook to grow out," said software engineer Philip Su, who notes that Facebook now boasts around 750 million users. "That's probably a little over a million Facebook users per engineer. So every engineer's job actually comes with a lot of responsibility and a lot of impact."
"I think if you looked at Seattle maybe 15 years ago, there was basically only Microsoft," said Su. "And I think over the past 15 years, especially in the last three years, you see a lot of tech companies moving into Seattle, both startups and established companies."
Like many of his co-workers, Su left Microsoft for Facebook in September. While he is quick to praise his former employer of 12 years, he noted there is a stark difference between how the two businesses run. For example, unlike Microsoft, Facebook maintains a tradition where no employee gets his or her own office. Even CEO Mark Zuckerberg sits at an open workspace, said a company spokesperson.
"And most teams at Facebook are done by two to four people doing major features," Su said.
In fact, Su was the only programmer working full-time on Facebook's Skype video chat integration announced a few weeks ago.
Here's is the KING 5 video: