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30+ days ago

Director of Engineering

Wikimedia Foundation San Francisco, CA

Imagine a world in which every single human being can freely share in the sum of all knowledge. That's our commitment. And we are looking for a… Wikimedia Foundation


30+ days ago

Senior Product Manager

Wikimedia Foundation San Francisco, CA

• Ensure that work on the Mediawiki platform is consistent with Wikimedia’s strategic priorities and technology roadmap. • Apply success measures… Wikimedia Foundation


30+ days ago

Legal Intern (Spring)

Wikimedia Foundation San Francisco, CA

The Foundation faces a myriad of legal issues ranging from complex copyright questions to international freedom of speech issues to mobile… Wikimedia Foundation


30+ days ago

Agile Coach

Wikimedia Foundation San Francisco, CA

• Coach development teams, engineering managers, product owners, process owners, and stakeholders in sustainable and continually improving software… Wikimedia Foundation


30+ days ago

Sourcer (contract)

Wikimedia Foundation San Francisco, CA

• Execute on creative sourcing strategies including LinkedIn, boolean searching, networking, college relationships, professional organizations… Wikimedia Foundation


30+ days ago

Intellectual Property and Internet Law Fellow

Wikimedia Foundation San Francisco, CA

The Wikimedia Foundation faces a variety of intellectual property and internet law issues, ranging from complex copyright questions to international… Wikimedia Foundation


30+ days ago

UX, Visual Design Fellowship

Wikimedia Foundation San Francisco, CA

• Create practical yet aesthetically pleasing design solutions • Work closely with the design team to create design assets to support the teams… Wikimedia Foundation


17 days ago

VP Strategic Partnerships

Wikimedia Foundation San Francisco, CA

Imagine a world in which every single human being can freely share in the sum of all knowledge. That's our commitment. The Wikimedia Foundation is… Wikimedia Foundation


30+ days ago

UX Senior Design Researcher

Wikimedia Foundation San Francisco, CA

The Wikimedia Foundation is looking for a UX researcher to join our User Experience team. The ideal addition to our team is an excellent… Wikimedia Foundation


22 days ago

UX Senior Designer

Wikimedia Foundation San Francisco, CA

This is just the tip of the iceberg, you’ll do more than this, we promise. • Create experiences that go beyond good design into delighting users… Wikimedia Foundation


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    Chaotic non-profit that struggles with having start-up mentality versus non-profit professionalism

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
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    I worked at Wikimedia Foundation full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good location in downtown San Francisco, great benefits package, international travel opportunities, idyllic mission. Good pay for non-profit, bad pay for tech firm. Many passionate people, too.

    Cons

    First career for many of the employees - HR tends to hire people they know or people who are volunteers in the Wikipedia community leading to an unstable, unprofessional, often weird environment.

    Staff have to answer to community members who contribute to websites and it's often confrontational and bossy. Community will override changes made to websites if they want and complain very publicly if they dislike actions taken by Foundation.

    Leadership often lacks professionalism when handling harassment, hiring, privacy, and community interactions. Nothing like you'll ever experience at any other company or organization.

    Turnover rate is fairly frequent, staff averages less than two years. Many good people leave this place broken, and have a hard time getting jobs due to the Foundation being a non-profit not a tech firm.

    Double standards about firings - one person does one thing that is terrible and they get a slap on the wrist, others do things that could have been helped and get fired. Recent firing of one employee was posted on a mailing list and was published in online news outlets, no other organization or company would do that to a low level employee.

    Lots of partying at conferences and sometimes in house - can be OK but sometimes excessive and can distract you from your job.

    Start up mentality leads to people sleeping at the office, expecting video games and special treatment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire people with quality non-profit experience. High professionals, don't just hire volunteers. Extensive training is needed for leadership regarding hiring, firing/resignations, harassment, etc. Training for staff about harassment should be mandatory.

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