It looks like Facebook’s tough year is taking a toll on its employees, according to the results of an employee satisfaction survey reported on by the Wall Street Journal. Around 70% of employees surveyed said they were proud to work at the company, down from 87% last year, and only 52% said they were optimistic about the company’s future, down from 84% a year ago. It isn’t a surprising trend given the constant barrage Facebook has faced over the past year for how it handles data privacy, cybersecurity and disinformation on the social network. Facebook has also seen the departures of around half a dozen top executives.
With that backdrop, employees have told The Information it is often hard to see an end to the bad news and long hours that come with responding to it. One bright spot in the survey for Facebook was that 81% of employees said they still believe in the company’s mission to bring people together, something CEO Mark Zuckerberg often touts. But it remains to be seen if belief in that mission will be enough to keep employees around.