Wikimedia Foundation
3.3 of 5 26 reviews
wikimediafoundation.org San Francisco, CA 50 to 149 Employees

Wikimedia Foundation Reviews

Updated Jun 26, 2014
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Sue Gardner

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68% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Great work with people who are striving for the mission.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe foundation respects and appreciates every member of the staff, every manager I've worked with has listened and responded to feedback and almost every member of staff is trying their best to do what is best for the mission.

    ConsWe are still growing, the organization is in flux and not completely sure what direction it wants to go in yet. The massive influx of new staff has led to a lot of people who want to do what is best but have no understanding of the culture of the movement and the community and do not understand the desire for careful progress.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great org, has the same problems as any growing mission focused non profit

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsGreat org and coworkers. Smart, dedicated, and helpful. Also is open to remote working.

    ConsIt is easy for a mission focused org to loss some of it's values over the years as new people/roles are added. WMF needs to watch out for this.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake heed to the historic place that the WMF has held and mold your new Director and VP and ED level individuals to fit that mold; don't give them leeway or your most experienced employees will leave. I've seen it happen at very similar organizations (mission driven non-profits in the bay area).

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    great non-profit

    Intern (Former Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    Prosgreat people, open environment, fun happy hours

    Conspeople tend to hang out in their own "groups"

    Advice to Senior Managementmore community building among employees?

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    Great team

    Product Manager (Current Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    Proslots of energy, lots of passion, great people, good mission, great offices, lots of growth. Overall, I was very happy with the organization.

    Conssometimes, lack of focus, and often times the community got very political. Managing by consensus doesn't always create the best products and innovation.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    It's the Wikimedia Foundation...

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsAmazing value driven culture, work with some incredibly intelligent and driven people

    ConsTends to lack focus; coordination between departments not awesome. Wandering focus hurts morale; hopefully new narrow focus actually stays

    Advice to Senior ManagementThough open culture is important, C level people publicly disagreeing is problematic. So is massive turnover.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Dysfunctional

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsIt's for a good cause and looks good on the resume.

    ConsManagement is clueless. I was glad to hear that the current executive director is stepping down. Hopefully, slowly WMF will be able to recover from the damage that she and her cronies did to Wikipedia and its culture.

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    Changing the world and having fun.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsDriven, motivated staff. Smart managers. Great, downtown SF office.

    ConsSome of the benefits are being cut back (staff lunch, I miss you), but in fairness others are being added. Management seems to over-value the tech side of the house, while undervaluing the non-tech but soft "community" side.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay attention to the community side. Remember that half your staff doesn't work in tech.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Fast growth creates confusion.

    Accounting Manager (Former Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsGreat to be involved with an organization that has a large presence in the information / internet arena. Fun to work around intelligent and motivate co-workers. Fantastic ability to raise fund for the cause. Great benefits

    ConsLetting everyone have a say in decisions - large and small - slow progress. Although core organization's mission is providing information quickly, change is slow and not always welcomed in the organization. Management lacks the experience to take the organization beyond the "start-up" stage. When mistakes are made, money is thrown at to cover up and fix the mistakes.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement needs to continue to grow their own ability to grow and change. Management needs to realize when they don't have the necessary leadership experience and bring in the right experience - even if it means realigning management.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A great non-profit; an okay technology organization

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsYou have mostly upbeat, brilliant, and idealistic co-workers from all over the world, all working on a project that has global impact. Great opportunities abound if you are young and energetic.

    ConsThe pace is quick compared to the average non-profit, but it can be glacial compared to other technology firms in the area. For workers based in San Francisco the pay can be low.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe WMF needs managers with deeper experience in technology leadership, and to be a flatter organization.

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    Great people, hard problems

    Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsEveryone here believes strongly in the mission. Many of the problems faced by the Wikimedia Foundation are unique -- you don't feel like you are re-inventing the wheel. You get to work with amazing people and impact the lives of half a billion people a year.

    ConsCompensation is not competitive for the tech industry due to non-profit status. There is a very vocal community from the projects that often does not trust anything that the WMF does.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIt is time to realize what is best for the 500 million readers and sometimes push forward even if the 100,000 editors disagree.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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