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19 days ago

HR Programs and Systems Manager

Wikimedia Foundation San Francisco, CA

The HR Programs and Systems Manager will partner with senior leadership to effectively architect, scale, and develop programs and systems within a… Wikimedia Foundation

11 days ago

Legal Intern/Fellow (Summer)

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

19 days ago

HR Operations Associate

Wikimedia Foundation San Francisco, CA

We are adding an HR Operations Associate to the Talent and Culture team to support the operational aspects of HR at Wikimedia Foundation. The… Wikimedia Foundation

14 days ago

Engineering Manager

Wikimedia Foundation San Francisco, CA

The Wikimedia Foundation is the non-profit organization that operates Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Wikipedia and the other projects operated by… Wikimedia Foundation

30+ days ago

Advancement Associate, Community Engagement

Wikimedia Foundation San Francisco, CA

The Advancement Associate, Community Engagement will facilitate work between the Advancement Department, other departments in the Wikimedia… Wikimedia Foundation

30+ days ago

Design Manager - Reading

Wikimedia Foundation San Francisco, CA

Guide the strategy for the future of reading experiences of Wikipedia Maintain the style guide that articulates a consistent design language Assist… Wikimedia Foundation

30+ days ago

Chief Financial Officer

Wikimedia Foundation San Francisco, CA

Financial and Operational Management Provide strategic leadership and planning to align the WMF financial portfolio with the strategic direction of… Wikimedia Foundation

30+ days ago


Wikimedia Foundation San Francisco, CA

Responsible for fixed assets capitalization and depreciation. Prepare monthly bank reconciliations. Review monthly credit card activities and prepare… Wikimedia Foundation

30+ days ago

Product Manager - Editing

Wikimedia Foundation San Francisco, CA

Lead the ideation and development of new products to enable the world to consume information and participate in information production. Work with a… Wikimedia Foundation

30+ days ago

Senior Software Engineer - Relevance

Wikimedia Foundation San Francisco, CA

Analyze existing search relevance and ranking algorithms on Wikipedia across all devices to better surface results and develop strategies for… Wikimedia Foundation

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


    For context, I work in product teams where my team members consist of mostly engineers, product managers and designers. We're a pretty small team. Everyone knows everyone. 1- I really, really love that it's located in SF. 2- The most awesome feeling in the first few months—the thought of working for such a great cause and mission and you're surrounded by great people 3- I get to work from home or anywhere in the world for a week or a bit more. It's a pretty flexible environment. I can start and end work at my own time. However, to be fair, I also work most weekends and weeknights. 4- The interview process is pretty easy which I later found out why. 5- You can get away with being liked and not doing much work. 6- You can be perceived as a great leader by talking over co-workers, being loud without saying anything of value or simply just being _not_ a lady. You might even get to secure a pretty sweet leadership position if you happen to be relatively closer to management. Do anything to get on favorite list and don't mind the bodies under your shoes. 7- We have tons of C-level positions to fill, only two out of six want to work here. Experience not really necessary. 8- There are a lot of challenges that are very interesting to work with, but to get it done is a completely different question. The political climate is stormy to put it very lightly.


    1- I get paid more than 20% less than market value. 2- A lot of favoritism. 3- Unfortunately, there is not much career growth at the foundation. Ideally, you already have all the solid skills so you can advise on how things would work better at the foundation. However, good luck with dealing with a lot of insecurities. A lot of employees were hired out of school from the community. It's their first jobs and haven't had any prior working experience with people. 4- We hardly ever promote someone to a more senior position, we usually hire them from other companies because you cannot get much skill growth here. 5- Favoritism. 6- Most management have no prior management experience. They become management material because they could be loud, male, white or all of the above. So management is a bit tricky, you'll be riding their first big bumps with them. They struggle a lot and very painful to watch. Even more painful for your career. Ask difficult questions about their management experience at your interviews and how they would support you. You will find that it's a whole new concept to them—supporting someone else other than their own motives. You won't find a career path, only the path to successfully fulfil their motives. 7- The foundation has its own employee standards. Most people are a level down of their title. You'd find ex-senior-level employees securing entry to mid-level positions elsewhere. Most of the time, these titles don't mean much. But titles are huge in the foundation. 8- On the other hand, you will find some people who are given work that is above their pay grade to keep someone else's title. Unfortunately there is no recognition for these folks, it goes to someone else. 9- There has been a significant amount of drain of great talent because of how the toxic the working environment has become and how unfulfilling it quickly becomes. 10- I find that my work is a lot of catching up with what the world has already been doing 5-10 years ago. Fighting for these changes to happen take your weekends, sanity, and consume your life. A lot of my peers who I respect and trust are working very hard to regain their health, take care of themselves, and disconnect from work after 5pm. These have been very real and hard challenges. 11- Anyone is free to take over anyone's work. You also cannot be upset at these situations, you shouldn't be, it's an open-source project. Being upset is frowned upon when this happens. 12- I see talents joining the foundation being quite aware of these problems with extremely optimistic outlook to impact how things work. Unfortunately I was one of them and I'm still here, more than 2 years later thinking that things can still work out and that I can still get something out of being here to move on with my career. It's a very common theme, "I'll finish this project and I'll feel better about leaving." Unfortunately most of them fled before they finish their projects because change is extremely hard and it takes a very long time. 13- The bads heavily outweigh the goods. The goods like great benefits are there because.. trust me, you need it. Very little great talents left and a lot of them are already planning their ways out. 14- I've seen how working at the foundation has affected my life, me as a person, my partner and family in a toxic and negative way. Once you work here, it's hard to get out. You love the mission and the feeling of working towards a great cause, but you're crippled by optimism and the culture degrades you slowly. This has not been a fair trade of my time, skills and pay cut. I've said that I was optimistic but realistic. I am proud to call myself out on that BS now. 15- From an extremely optimistic employee to a bad review giver, I am not proud of what I have become. This is no greener pasture. I haven't had more regrets in my previous evil corporate jobs. Perhaps one day I'll find the courage to just chalk this up as wrong career move.

    Advice to Management

    Travel less and find a focus area and direction that you can commit to for at least a couple of months would be a great job done. Bare in mind, this is an extremely low bar and the most necessary area to have every employee to feel a connection to what they are working on to the bigger goal.

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