Mozilla Reviews in Mountain View, CA

Updated April 17, 2014
Updated April 17, 2014
70 Reviews
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Pros
  • It's always good to work on open source (in 9 reviews)

  • Extremely smart people all over (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • And if you work in Firefox OS expect no understanding of what's happening and when (in 5 reviews)

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

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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    Former Employee - Product Manager  in  Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Mozilla full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Spend 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.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great values, but many directions

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Mozilla full-time for more than a year

    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 ManagementAdvice

    The 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Overall okay, but lacking in effective management.

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    Former Employee - Release Manager  in  Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Release Manager in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Mozilla full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

    While 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    It has been one heck of an adventure

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    Former Employee - Manager  in  Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Mozilla full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great Culture, fun, smart people to work with.

    Cons

    Growing into a huge Corporate culture

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Unclear future and chaotic present

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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 for more than a year

    Pros

    Transparency 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.

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Set 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Learnt a lot, too much politics

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern  in  Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Mozilla

    Pros

    Open culture, flexible, very relaxed.

    Cons

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

    No opinion of CEO

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