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Mozilla Reviews in Mountain View, CA

Updated November 19, 2014
Updated November 19, 2014
79 Reviews
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Pros
  • Good compensation for working in open source (in 10 reviews)

  • Extremely smart people all over (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • And if you work in Firefox OS expect no understanding of what's happening and when (in 7 reviews)

  • Moreover, it is open source so everything has to be proper (in 3 reviews)

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Disasterous

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Mozilla full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Win the management lottery and you get a vibrant team with healthy motivations.
    Strong (non-cash) benefits.
    CEO and Executive Chair deserve an amazing amount of respect. They are what made Mozilla great.

    Cons

    Disasterous management philosophies and approach.
    Employee morale is at the lowest I've seen in almost 8 years. Punitive management styles tear down all motivation.
    HR is ineffective, if not outright deceitful.
    Extremely inconsistent application of company culture. Some employees get to attend industry conferences or travel to meet the rest of their team for work weeks, others have it outright banned by their management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember that you're managing human beings, not resources. Don't punish employees for not behaving exactly like the gigantic engineering organization you just left at your last company. The latest Gartner-blessed best practice for a 10,000 person company does not translate to a 6 person team. Learn how to lead instead of constantly regurgitating something you read last week in a book. Some employees are burdened with 20+ hours of administrative meetings each week while being criticized for lack of output.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Sadly wasted opportunity

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Mozilla full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Bright, friendly people
    Good compensation and benefits (although cutbacks are starting to happen)
    Ability to work remotely
    Nice office spaces in Mountain View, San Francisco and other locations

    Cons

    Absolutely disastrous management. The new CEO appears completely unsuited to the role and is beginning to implement petty, short-sighted, ineffective employee management strategies that are highly likely to result in backlash from an already burned-out, resentful, over-tasked work force. Mozilla has talent and smarts, but not in the executive ranks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think a complete sweep of current management is necessary to save the company. Bring in competent outsiders with some vision and experience. I doubt this will happen, however, so I see little chance of a long term future for this company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

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

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Mozilla full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    High salaries, high bonus, competitive benefits

    Cons

    Mozilla 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 ManagementAdvice

    Hire your CEO.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Dark times

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Mozilla full-time (more than 3 years)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    - 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 5 people found this helpful  

    Sinking boat

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Mozilla full-time (more than an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Regain 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    chaos

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Humane Resources in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Humane Resources in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Mozilla

    Pros

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

    Cons

    most 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 ManagementAdvice

    a complete re-org of the entire mkg dept from the top down

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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