Facebook To Hire 9,400 Over Next 6 Years At Menlo Park

04/27/2011 08:59 am ET | Updated Jun 27, 2011

Facebook apparently expects to grow to nearly five times its current size in the next six years.

According to the San Jose Mercury News, the social networking company will redevelop its new Menlo Park space, and future headquarters, to fit 9,400 employees. Documents reveal that Facebook believes it will be at capacity by 2017.

"We're just preparing for the future," Larry Yu, Facebook's director of corporate communications, told Mercury News.

Facebook purchased the former Sun Microsystems campus, of 57 acres, as well as another 22 acres nearby (an area it calls Facebook West Campus) Though Sun was prohibited from having more than 3,600 employees at the space, due to traffic concerns, Facebook plans to have 6,600 at the same spot. However, the company says it will limit the trips between West and East campus to 15,000 per day and will use buses and shuttles for major portions of transportation.

Since its founding in 2004, Facebook has grown to nearly 2,000 employees worldwide, about 1,400 of which are in Palo Alto.

Menlo Park has invited the public to offer suggestions as to which environmental impacts could be problematic. The deadline for comments is May 26.

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