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"Great people, hard problems"

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Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
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Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

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

Other Employee Reviews for Wikimedia Foundation

  1. Helpful (2)

    "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
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


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    "Dedicated, mission driven, growing organization"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    All the passion of a mission driven non-profit, with crazy smart staff.
    Excellent benefits.
    Management who cares.
    An environment with minimal hierarchy with a high level of transparency.

    Cons

    Yes, it's a non-profit so comp isn't as high as tech companies, but staff are here for the mission.
    Some growing pains from being a tiny foundation, but these are being addressed and structure is carefully being made.

    Advice to Management

    Keep working to clarify policies and improve efficiency.

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