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Mozilla Reviews in Mountain View, CA

Updated December 10, 2014
Updated December 10, 2014
80 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. 3 people found this helpful  

    Huge disappointment

    Former Employee - Senior Developer in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Developer in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Mozilla full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    There are some really top people there. It's always good to work on open source. The pay and benefits are good, and regular bonuses.

    Cons

    I expected a relaxed and friendly startup kind of place. Alas, it was by far the most "corporate" and yet least efficient environment I've ever worked in. As one example, it took IT months to get me a work computer. They're now spending $100m/yr on developers. It's very hard to see what that's achieving. Seems as if top talent is wasting its time there compared to what's being achieved at Google, Apple and others. One reason is massive technical debt and an insane codebase.

  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Nothing but smart, awesome people

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    Former Employee - Office Coordinator in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Office Coordinator in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Mozilla as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Everyone cares about what they are working on-- they're the best and the brightest

    Cons

    While all Mozillians are quite friendly, there are definitely "tribes" that don't mix as often as you'd hope

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it classy

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Fantastic company, smart people, great values

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    Former Employee - Web Developer in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Web Developer in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Mozilla as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great values: everyone is so driven and focused on the Mozilla mission.
    Fantastic benefits: free lunch on Mondays, free snacks, free laptop for interns.
    Relaxed work environment and close-knit teams.

    Cons

    Management and projects somewhat messy due to the pivot towards Firefox OS, but getting better.
    Sometimes unsure of what to do
    Somewhat corporate, lacking the more startup feel common to other companies in the Valley.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 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 (more than an 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
  6.  

    Very satisfied

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    Former Employee - QA Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - QA Engineer in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Mozilla as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Relax environment during work and good balance.

    Cons

    Sometimes the sturcture is unclear.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Quality Assurance Intern

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    Former Employee - QA Intern in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - QA Intern in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Mozilla as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    You can directly work on product. Free $3000 laptop for intern, free lunch on Monday, snacks.
    I loved working here.

    Cons

    I didn't see any. Hard to find.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not any

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to work. The spirit of DO GOOD is personified in Mozilla.

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

    I have been working at Mozilla as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great work culture. Eternal start-up. Cool technologies

    Cons

    Quirky at times. Very difficult for contractors to get assimilated. Many of the original greats have left the company now. The great chairman Baker is not the chairman now.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Best place to work

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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 (more than an year)

    Pros

    Openness; Employee Rewards; Events and Participation; Huge volunteers and contributors.
    Feasibilty to switch profiles, gets a lot of help from the management. Asks for suggestions whenever needed. Can work from remote as well.

    Cons

    Haven't seen any cons till now and hope I won't see any in the future. Everything is a pro.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay as it is!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    Sinking boat

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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

    - 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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    passionate, driven, changing the world

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

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

    Pros

    Smart, driven, and focused group working hard to change the world. I am fired up every single day and the group works very hard but are also like family.

    Cons

    Tough culture developed over years, and needs to change

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let go of some of the past. Today is much different than when the first browser was introduced.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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