Former Facebook employees reportedly blamed the company's stack rank review process for creating a "cult-like" culture where they felt the need to appear happy in an attempt to win favor with colleagues.
They said that receiving two consecutive reviews of "meets most" expectations — which is equivalent to a "B" grade — would ultimately result in an employee being fired.
Getting a "B" on a report was a respectable grade to bring home for a lot of kids growing up.
"Everything is quantified, and you're measured against everyone to a number," one former Facebook employee told Business Insider.
"If you get 'meets most' expectations two times, then you're going to be canned in a couple of months.
The former employees clarified that receiving the "meets most" mark was not grounds for firing alone, rather it put employees on a performance improvement plan (PIP) that ultimately lead to one's termination.