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Mozilla Reviews in Mountain View, CA

Updated Apr 17, 2014
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3.8 25 reviews

100% Approve of the CEO

Mozilla Interim CEO Chris Beard

Chris Beard

(5 ratings)

78% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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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    2 people found this helpful  

    Fun work at times, but it's like cats with no herding power, tasked with herding cats

    Product Manager (Former Employee) Mountain View, CA

    ProsThere are many interesting things to work on, especially if you love the web. They offer flexible workdays and other employee perks.

    ConsThe company lacks direction beyond the (very) high-level goals. Most of the org is in service to Firefox OS - this is necessary given the company's direction, but sucks resources from other projects.

    Directors and VPs seem very disconnected from PMs and engineers (the caveat is Firefox OS, that immediate team is run better than most). This causes mismatches in expectations and frustration to those down the reporting chain.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSpend time actually looking at why teams are in the state they are. There are too many decisions made based on emotion and non-empirical, subjective feelings.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    3 people found this helpful  

    Great values, but many directions

    Software Engineer (Current Employee) Mountain View, CA

    Pros- Lots of smart people that would love to help you out with your work.
    - Everything is open source. All of your work goes back to the community. You get paid to build out your Github profile!
    - Plenty of PTO; unexpected paid vacations!
    - Mozilla has an energy that no other company I've worked for has. Everyone is excited about the future of the products.
    - There's a great community that will help you with your work! People are excited to help make your product better.
    - Lots of paid travel all around the world.
    - Every office has an appropriately complicated coffee making machine. Mountain View, for instance, has an automatic latte machine. SF has an exceptionally hipster espresso press.

    Cons- Oftentimes too much management. Carriers and third parties have started to drive product decisions, and everything seems to be an emergency.
    - There's an attitude of "it's not good unless it's changing". Products get bloated with features that nobody cares about and technical debt falls by the wayside.
    - Entire teams are remote. When I started, most of my team was in the office I was in. The overwhelming majority of my department is now remote, and people keep moving away.
    - Don't expect to be able to change teams. If the team you want to move to doesn't have headcount, you're out of luck. I've tried changing teams and the only opportunity I had was to fill a vacancy that would open in the following quarter.
    - Mozilla has more paid staff than some of its products have active users. If you don't work on Firefox, don't expect to be reaching millions of people.
    - Depending on what team you're on, you shouldn't expect to participate in activities with your coworkers: partly because they're probably remote and partly because they just don't happen very often. In the two years I've been here, I've seen most of my coworkers in person exactly one time.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe solution to good management is to stop hiring managers. If you see problems that seem to need more managers to handle, it's better to get rid of the problem than it is to cover it up with bureaucracy.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    3 people found this helpful  

    Overall okay, but lacking in effective management.

    Release Manager (Former Employee) Mountain View, CA

    ProsGreat pay and many great employees who really "get" the culture. Other benefits such as free snacks and regular "cantina" parties create a great vibe.

    ConsWhile in the past Mozilla has been open company-wide and eager to help its employees, its recent growth has changed the culture considerably and shed a lot of the better work force. A more closed environment has followed, one that shuns speaking up when something is wrong. A lot of "group think" exists now.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your employees and stop firing or delegitimizing your employees, even if they have a minority opinion. Discourage "group think."

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

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    It has been one heck of an adventure

    Manager (Former Employee) Mountain View, CA

    ProsGreat Culture, fun, smart people to work with.

    ConsGrowing into a huge Corporate culture

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    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Unclear future and chaotic present

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Mountain View, CA

    ProsTransparency and flexibility. The company is becoming a corporation but it retains a lot of the values of the start-up that it was and the community focus is great. It's a great place if you want to take it easy. Ability to work from home with no questions.

    ConsThe company is trying to figure out what he wants to do. There's a change on focus every month and projects that are in the process to be staffed get deprioritized leaving people with no projects until they can figure out what to do next. Middle management doesn't have the experience to lead the organization, a lot of them have been promoted from the community with no real skill set. Senior employees and executives are leaving and the morale of the company is destroyed.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSet clear goals and focus on a strategy for at least a year before pivoting again. Rise the bar at the Director level and monitor low performers.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Learnt a lot, too much politics

    Software Engineer Intern (Former Employee) Mountain View, CA

    ProsOpen culture, flexible, very relaxed.

    Consmost people are remote which is annoying. People play office politics quite a bit..

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