The Facebook web site doesn’t list Boston as a location where the company has job openings, and a Facebook spokesperson says the social networking giant has “no plans to open an office in Boston at this time.”
And yet, you can work for Facebook in Boston, right across from South Station on Atlantic Avenue. If, that is, you’re an extra special engineer that Facebook absolutely must have on its payroll.
The company confirmed to me yesterday that a small number of Facebook employees now work out of a shared office space in Boston. “We’re always hiring the best engineers we can find,” a spokesperson wrote via e-mail, and sometimes those top programmers simply don’t want to relocate to New York, where Facebook has an office, or the company’s Palo Alto headquarters.
Sources in the real estate industry tell me that the shared space in question is WorkBar Boston, which rents desks starting at $250 per month. (A dedicated office is $1000 per month.) Several WorkBar employees haven’t returned my phone calls or e-mails.
Since Facebook doesn’t advertise for employees in Boston, presumably these are people the company has actively recruited. A little LinkedIn trolling turns up software engineers like Edwin Smith, Olivier Chatot, and Ryan Mack, who all list their location as Boston.
In its early days, Facebook had an advertising sales office in Boston, which it shuttered in 2006.