Wikimedia Foundation

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Wikimedia Foundation Reviews

Updated September 28, 2014
Updated September 28, 2014
30 Reviews
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  1.  

    Fast Paced, closed management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Wikimedia Foundation

    Pros

    Room for growth and progression, great co-workers

    Cons

    Management are a closed coup, and disconnected from the community.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great work with people who are striving for the mission.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Wikimedia Foundation full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    We 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    great non-profit

    Former Employee - Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Wikimedia Foundation part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    great people, open environment, fun happy hours

    Cons

    people tend to hang out in their own "groups"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more community building among employees?

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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great team

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    Current Employee - Product Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Wikimedia Foundation full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    It's the Wikimedia Foundation...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Though open culture is important, C level people publicly disagreeing is problematic. So is massive turnover.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Changing the world and having fun.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Some 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great people, hard problems

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Wikimedia Foundation full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Everyone 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.

    Cons

    Compensation 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    work hard play hard mission-driven company with very smart employees

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Wikimedia Foundation full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    You actually are making a difference in the world, great benefits and work-life balance, open to new ideas.

    Cons

    Company is till evolving so processes can be improved, finessed, some decisions are made evry quickly, some take too long.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to grow as Managers and work on developing your employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Wikimedia Foundation is changing the world. It's not easy, but does world-changing sound easy?

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Wikimedia Foundation full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Some of the smartest people in tech. A non-profit that's changing the definition of the term. Insane velocity. The chance to have your work affect hundreds of millions of readers. Get involved with the most complex and fascinating community on the net. Your friends and peers will be impressed. Wicked problems abound.

    Cons

    Break-neck velocity. All the challenges and nuttiness of a tech start-up, and all of the intensity too. Wikimedia is not a 'break' from your current job - it's probably double the workload and double the complexity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus and more focus. Senior management is currently working on helping staff zoom in on core projects. This will help staff get something big done sooner, and give everyone a real sense of accomplishment. Getting things done really matters.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    I LOVE working at Wikimedia

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Wikimedia Foundation full-time

    Pros

    Mission, mission, mission!
    Open Source and Free Knowledge!
    Non-profit organization in the heart of SF.
    High level of transparency.
    Brilliant employees who are wonderful to work with and extremely humble.
    Space to make a big difference while enjoying the perks of working at a small organization.
    HR really cares about its employees.
    Great benefits!
    Management team cares about the mission, employees, projects, etc. They work as hard, if not harder than non-management staff.
    Wikimedia culture empowers employees to learn new skills, challenge themselves, grow, and be bold.
    Everyone who works at Wikimedia cares deeply about what it is we're doing here and with this passion comes extreme dedication, which is quite inspiring.
    What you do here is important...really important.

    Cons

    Comp isn't as high as some tech companies, but people are here for the mission.
    The very few growing pains leftover from the significant growth are being addressed and structure is being carefully and thoughtfully implemented.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue working towards balance and efficiencies!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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