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Wikimedia Foundation Overview

San Francisco, CA
201 to 500 employees
2003
Nonprofit Organization
Internet
$50 to $100 million (USD) per year
Facebook, Google, Mozilla Foundation
The Wikimedia Foundation is the non-profit organization that supports and operates Wikipedia and many other free knowledge projects. All of our work is guided by our mission to share the sum of all knowledge with every person in the world. In collaboration with a network of ... Read more

Mission: The mission of the Wikimedia Foundation is to empower and engage people around the world to collect and develop educational content under a free license or in the public domain, and to disseminate it effectively and globally.

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

    Pros

    I love working here. I feel very fortunate to wake up every day and work for an organization that works tirelessly to provide free knowledge to the world. I get to work on interesting and challenging projects which shift often enough not to be boring since we are moving very fast!

    Cons

    I wish I saw my team in person more often, which can be hard due to the remote culture, but that said it is really great to have the work life balance and flexibility the foundation is passionate about providing.

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Wikimedia Foundation Photos

Wikimedia Foundation photo of: Lane Hartwell CC BY-SA 3.0
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Wikimedia Foundation Interviews

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    Community Advocate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
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    Application

    I applied online. The process took 7+ months. I interviewed at Wikimedia Foundation (San Francisco, CA).

    Interview

    Just crazy. Applied in December 2012, first screening interview in February, second interview in March, third interview a couple of weeks later, fourth interview at the end of May. Feedback was always good, and always came 2 to 3 weeks after each interview. All people who have interviewed me gave me completely different (and in more than one case wrong) information about the role.
    Meanwhile it took them ages to check my references in Europe because apparently it was too complicated to deal with the different time zone. In one case they even contacted one of my ex chiefs to schedule an appointment and then disappeared...quite embarassing for me.
    After 6 months of interviews, e-mail exchanges (about 60), and even promises (in an e-mail I was told next step would be that they put an offer together and I sign it) they just disappeared. After my last job interview I have written many e-mails asking for a final feedback, even if negative, as I had other job offers meanwhile and didn't know whether to go for them or to wait...nobody ever replied. Thanks to Jobvite I found out I had not been selected at the end of July, 7 months after the whole process started.
    The most slow, unprofessional and irritating hiring process I have ever heard of in my entire life, I really wish this foundation would invest the donations it gets from Wikipedia users in a more appropriate way. Just shameful.

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Wikimedia Foundation Awards & Accolades

  • International Cooperation, Princess of Asturias Award, 2015
  • Erasmus Prize, Praemium Erasmianum Foundation, 2015
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