Meta Employee Blasts 996 Overwork Culture Brought to U.S. by Chinese Managers

Meta Employee Blasts 996 Overwork Culture Brought to U.S. by Chinese Managers

Sofia Delgado-Cheng
3 min read

Meta AI Employee's Complaint Highlights Industry-Wide Concerns Over 996 Overwork Culture Brought to the U.S. by Chinese Managers

In a recent exposé on the anonymous professional networking platform Teamblind, a departing Meta AI employee criticized the pervasive overwork culture within the company's U.S. offices, attributed to Chinese management practices. This revelation has stirred significant concern across the tech industry, highlighting the prevalence and impact of the so-called 996 work culture in Silicon Valley.

An employee from Meta's AI division in the U.S. recently posted a scathing review on Teamblind, describing a work environment plagued by the notorious 996 work culture—where employees work from 9 AM to 9 PM, six days a week. The employee singled out Chinese managers and colleagues for bringing this demanding schedule from China to the U.S.

Frustrated by what they described as one of the worst managerial experiences in their 15-year career, the employee opted to leave Meta, providing a 300-word feedback focused solely on areas of improvement, omitting any positive remarks. The employee's feedback reflected deep dissatisfaction with Meta’s tolerance of such grueling work practices, indicating a broader issue within the company culture.

Key Takeaways

  1. Overwork Culture: The 996 work culture, popularized in China, has been introduced to Meta's U.S. offices, raising concerns about work-life balance in American tech firms.
  2. Mental and Physical Health: Such demanding work schedules can lead to severe stress, health problems, and a decrease in overall well-being among employees.
  3. Cultural Tensions: The integration of different work cultures within multinational companies can lead to significant employee dissatisfaction and operational challenges.
  4. Industry-Wide Issue: The problem is not isolated to Meta; similar concerns have been raised about other tech giants like TikTok.


The employee's account at Meta highlights a growing trend where Chinese managerial practices, particularly the 996 culture, are being adopted in Silicon Valley. This practice, rooted in the high-growth demands of Chinese tech firms, emphasizes long working hours and has significant implications for employee health and morale.

At Meta, the adoption of this culture appears to have created an environment where employees feel overwhelmed and undervalued. The complaint on Teamblind reflects broader dissatisfaction with how these practices are being integrated into the U.S. tech industry, where work-life balance has traditionally been more emphasized.

Other tech companies, notably TikTok, have faced similar criticisms. Reports from TikTok's U.S. employees describe a highly stressful work environment, with some employees averaging 85 hours of meetings per week. The relentless productivity demands and long hours have led to severe mental and physical health issues, including sleep deprivation, weight loss, and stress-related illnesses.

The cultural and operational challenges are significant. Employees at TikTok have struggled with translating and understanding internal documents written in Chinese, leading to errors and additional stress. Moreover, TikTok's practice of having multiple teams work on the same project to foster competition has increased paranoia and frustration among staff.

Did You Know?

The 996 work culture originated in China and became popular among tech companies during the country's tech boom. The term "996" refers to working from 9 AM to 9 PM, six days a week. It has been widely criticized for its detrimental effects on employees' health and well-being, leading to public outcry and government scrutiny in China.

Despite the controversy, some tech companies in China continue to endorse the 996 culture, arguing that it is necessary for maintaining competitive edge and achieving rapid growth. However, as these companies expand globally, the introduction of such practices to their international offices, particularly in the U.S., has sparked significant backlash and calls for better work-life balance in the tech industry.

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