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"Fast growth creates confusion."

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Former Employee - Accounting Manager in San Francisco, CA
Former Employee - Accounting Manager in San Francisco, CA
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Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

I worked at Wikimedia Foundation full-time (More than a year)

Pros

Great to be involved with an organization that has a large presence in the information / internet arena. Fun to work around intelligent and motivate co-workers. Fantastic ability to raise fund for the cause. Great benefits

Cons

Letting everyone have a say in decisions - large and small - slow progress. Although core organization's mission is providing information quickly, change is slow and not always welcomed in the organization. Management lacks the experience to take the organization beyond the "start-up" stage. When mistakes are made, money is thrown at to cover up and fix the mistakes.

Advice to Management

Management needs to continue to grow their own ability to grow and change. Management needs to realize when they don't have the necessary leadership experience and bring in the right experience - even if it means realigning management.

Other Employee Reviews for Wikimedia Foundation

  1. Helpful (2)

    "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.


  2. "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
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    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.

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