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Mozilla Reviews in Mountain View, CA

Updated Mar 18, 2014
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3.8 25 reviews

100% Approve of the CEO

Mozilla Interim CEO Chris Beard

Chris Beard

(4 ratings)

78% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • It's always good to work on open source(in 9 reviews)

  • Extremely smart people all over(in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • And if you work in Firefox OS expect no understanding of what's happening and when(in 4 reviews)

  • Very little opportunity to change teams(in 2 reviews)

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    Political, unstable, and toxic teams that encourages weak leaders to "lead"

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Mountain View, CA

    ProsHigh salaries, high bonus, competitive benefits

    ConsMozilla is a mess. The CEO bailed almost a year ago. The COO is doing his best to lead the company through extraordinary transition. The executives have been resigning in the last year. I think there are five who have left now.

    Mozilla is private and pretty much anything goes. Relationships are important so if you think you're going to go into the job and get it done, think again. You better have solid relationships build around you, and leverage them to your liking, otherwise you'll be alienated or punished in your reviews.

    There are teams that are under resourced and others that have over hired. Would be great if there was some strategic direction that identified the margins of revenue-per-employee or some best practices to remove the pressure points.

    Expect to work long hours with a lot of unexpected travel. I was initially attracted to the remote worker policy. In reality it means you're working odd hours because of the distribution of the team or traveling to other locations. It's not for everyone but certainly a great opportunity for those who are more flexible.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire your CEO.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Dark times

    Manager (Current Employee) Mountain View, CA

    Pros- Very flexible culture. You can work from home and depending of your manager you can work in pretty much whatever you want.
    - A lot of travel to different places in the world.
    - Extremely smart people all over.
    - Fairly flat organization and ability to work in cross functional projects.

    Cons- Lack of clear vision for the future. The most important thing keeps changing every quarter.
    - Old guard vs new guard conflict.
    - Leadership keeps creating fires and crisis around Firefox OS. They gave up control of our future to carriers.
    - No Marketing leadership. Very engineering driven organization in a commoditized industry.
    - No CEO. 6 C levels have left in the past year.
    - Lots of middle managers that add little to no value.
    - Global organization with teams spread across the globe. Anything that requires multiple people tends to be slow, very slow.
    - Consensus driven work. Getting things done is very, very time consuming.
    - Very little opportunity to change teams.

    Advice to Senior Management- Due diligence of teams and middle managers. Particularly at the Director level, there's a lot of wasted resources.
    - Keep focusing on few products that can have the largest impact.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    • Disapproves of CEO

    5 people found this helpful  

    Sinking boat

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Mountain View, CA

    Pros- Relaxed atmosphere. Good place if you want to have a good work/life balance.
    - Friendly coworkers and the ability to work with a passionate community
    - Office locations are premium and you can work from wherever you want.
    - Good benefits package

    Cons- Chaos and lack of direction.
    - Firefox is not a priority anymore. Firefox OS (B2G) has killed the culture. Now we are playing by the carrier's rules. If you don't work in Firefox OS expect no visibility of your work. And if you work in Firefox OS expect no understanding of what's happening and when.
    - In the last year we have hired way too many corporate leaders who are trying to change how things work. Long time Mozillians are leaving and the ones who stay don't seem really happy.
    - This is not the place for you if you want to innovate and launch new products. Only Firefox OS matters and we don't control the go to market.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRegain control over Firefox OS. Carriers need us as much as we need them. Go back to the roots and hire Executives with open source and entrepreneurial background.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    2 people found this helpful  

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    Humane Resources (Current Employee) Mountain View, CA

    Prosnice people, great benefits, good hrs, nice offices, good culture, open door, great bonus, nice equipment, catered food, good coffee

    Consmost of the employee base is too young and does not have the experience required to lead, the marketing dept is totally incompetent and under qualified

    Advice to Senior Managementa complete re-org of the entire mkg dept from the top down

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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