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Updated July 25, 2015
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Mozilla CEO Chris Beard
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Pros
  • It's always good to work on open source (in 10 reviews)

  • Lots of smart people that would love to help you out with your work (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • Firefox OS product management has no clue what direction to go (in 7 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Needs help

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer

    I have been working at Mozilla

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    free food, company trips, paid benefits

    Cons

    horrible management, this is trickling down the teams and it shows. Need to dramatically improve or the future of the company will be short.

    Advice to Management

    reevaluate management and business and fix asap


  2. Not great with execution

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Mountain View, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Smart engineers. I'm always blown away by the work they do.

    Cons

    Worst management possible. Firefox OS is ready to shut shop down. Thankfully its a not for profit organization and gets funded from others. Firefox OS is money in the drain

    Advice to Management

    Please be respectful of the money given to you for FFOS. Make the right decisions and figure out wen to end the project.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Incredible Experience

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

    I have been working at Mozilla full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Incredible new leadership. The company went through a lot of change but it really feels behind everyone. The leadership team in place is awesome, has everyone's support and is providing a clear vision. -Making a difference in the world. Mozilla is one of the few companies that really helping people around the world. It is also setting web standards and defending the open web. -Tons of company perks: -2 work trips a year (last one was in Whistler, next are in Orlando, London and Hawaii) -Great food every day -Lot's of vacation -Work from home -More benefits than any other company -Biggest bonus in the industry -Opportunities to grow

    Cons

    Coming from startups, I find that things might not move at the speed that I'd like but I think it is a common thing for such a large organization.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing. You've inspired everyone during the trip to Whistler.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Need to find the way out.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Mozilla full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Work with smart people (and most of them are really kind,) average salary, cutting edge web technology.

    Cons

    Not really work well with volunteer community as expect. Need a real product strategy that can stand for few years. (few > 1 at least.)


  6. Helpful (7)

    Lost its way

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Mozilla

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    High talent concentration in core platform (Gecko, SpiderMonkey, Research) teams. Still some standards body clout in spite of loss of browser market share. Brand has declining market power, could be a turnaround story with better management.

    Cons

    Management is lost at board, CEO, and almost all of the (shrinking) C level. Cash-only comp and historic sloppy management have spread peanut butter among weak and strong, leading to deserved rep as place to go and take it easy for reliable good salary+bonus and great perqs. Too little competent middle management. No career development, so talent that might move up goes elsewhere, for RSUs and better career path.

    Advice to Management

    Late to smartphones, but not likely to make it big there ever, with a browser app, due to OS gatekeepers. Mozilla leadership should face this fact squarely and try something different, while fixing its mainline product on which it depends for relevance to market, recruiting, standards bodies. Desperately need to break perverted "community" and "owner" systems from old days that no longer work. Add-ons are a boat-anchor now. Hired engineers should not squat as "module owners" based on being hired -- that's what Netscape did in 1998 and mozilla.org founders had to bust that trust, but Mozilla is now Netscape. Chasing Chrome in looks is worse than pointless. It makes users mad to have no sandboxing for responsive UI (and security), plus terrible Flash integration, but Chrome-ish looks. Shake things up internally, somehow -- consider even restructuring the Foundation-held Corporation to give some kind of equity shares based on performance and bold new moves that pay off. Bet on Servo and make investments including management talent to see it through.


  7. Most amazing place to intern

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Intern in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Mozilla

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Loads of freebies, including a MacBook Pro, every two years. Free food Amazing work atmosphere, you get to decide what you want to work on, even as an Intern. Everyone is friendly and all the meetings are online, no time pressures, work from home benefit. Culture is exceptional, have never seen this kind of freedom for developers anywhere!

    Cons

    None at all. The only con would be they take in very few interns, but hey, I am not complaining :D

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing! Mozilla is Love, Mozilla is Life!


  8. Project Manager

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Mozilla

    Pros

    Dynamic work environment. Great team and supervisors. Good pay and benefits. High levels of customer facing interactions.

    Cons

    Poor business model. High turn over. Limited training. High expectations. Poor customer service.

    Advice to Management

    None


  9. Helpful (2)

    Poor Leadership

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Mozilla full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Working with very smart people.

    Cons

    Poor management and low accountability.


  10. Helpful (2)

    The most closed openness

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Mozilla full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    You can learn a lot from those real Mozillan: those who are really smart and understand what's good for open source and the vision of web. The dream and the insist on open web still so motivated. It's nice to hear those gurus to share the passion and vision with you.

    Cons

    Leadership and communication sucks. Also, lot's of people write horrible code without any design in mind, plus the extreme xenophobia to adopt other open technologies. As a result, even the code is under the correct license, it's still almost impossible to be useful for "community", not to mention other open projects. Ironically, it's also very unfriendly to new developers want to contribute. Obstacles from the legacy issue tracker to the "unique" CI services, and the architecture in chaos. So it's the most closed open source, and it looks like no one realize that and have the ability to make the real change. It's also very unacceptable that for the non-US offices, at least here, we've even been told "not to compare to US/other offices". There are many issues show that our opinions, no matter if they're about techs or welfare, we're expected to be suppressed and even ignored.

    Advice to Management

    Don't put developers behind UX and products. If you want to run any real breakthrough ideas, treat developers better. Also, we may be the minions of the US headquarter, but it doesn't mean we're fools. When there are so many top developers chose to leave, leaders seem still feel good. Don't just do the useless survey! Listen to those frustrations carefully!


  11. Helpful (1)

    Leadership going downhill

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits and good compensation for not a lot of work. You get to work from home have a lot of autonomy if you want it.

    Cons

    There is no coordination and no support. You can find out after months that another team was doing the same thing you were or that a team you depended on turns out to have been told that your project was low priority. Decision making is reactive and blame shifting.

    Advice to Management

    It really erodes trust when you claim to be open but make decisions that actively harm the company behind closed doors. The new bonus structure causes people to try to shift work onto others and take the credit.



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