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"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
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Approves of CEO

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 Management

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

Other Employee Reviews for Wikimedia Foundation

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    "A great non-profit; an okay technology organization"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in San Francisco, CA
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in San Francisco, CA
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Wikimedia Foundation as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    You 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.

    Cons

    The 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 Management

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


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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
    Recommends
    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.

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