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Mozilla Mountain View Reviews

Updated August 3, 2017
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  • Spent a bit too long trying to find our footing post-Firefox OS (in 13 reviews)

  • Open source Politics are frequently worse than corporate politics (in 8 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (8)

    "Love the mission, love the people....HATE the leadership and strategy"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Mozilla full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Working at Mozilla in the "good ol' FirefoxOS days" was probably the best working environment I've ever experienced. My organization was like a big happy family. We all worked hard, shipped products, and had a great time doing it. I felt surrounded by extremely smart people and felt challenged every day. This was a job that I was excited to go to every morning and it almost didn't feel like work because it was so fun and inspiring. Mozilla gave me the opportunity to see the world and connect with people from all over. It was amazing! The perks of the company are like no other I've experienced. The flexible culture of being able to work from anywhere so long as you are producing results is how tech companies should be and Mozilla leads in this area.

    And of course there's the mission. It was so inspiring to work for a company that truly seeks to pave the way for the "greater good." Openness and transparency are a part of the DNA at Mozilla (except executive leadership) and that was refreshing.

    Cons

    In the almost 5 years that I worked there, sadly I watched what once was a great company with multiple bets in play...slowly decline. With so many leadership, organizational, and strategy changes...many things went wrong. Products were cancelled, some never went anywhere, and useless ones still exist today! The most disappointing thing about Mozilla was the floundering indecision that started from the top.

    The SCVP group (who glorify themselves as the leaders of the universe) spend more time at fancy off-sites and closed-door strategy meetings then actually inspiring, or DOING anything. They continue to invest (a lot of money) in meaningless objectives and fear risk-taking or venturing to build new products.

    We spent an entire 1.5 years innovating without clear direction on IoT projects that never went anywhere because we couldn't make a decision. And today, I see some of those products actually become successful because other companies took that risk. It's a real shame because I want to Mozilla to be successful (I really do), but the leadership in place leads me to believe that they never will.

    I believe in the mission and everything that Firefox stands for but because Mozilla has wasted so much time and effort on useless things, the market shows proof that there are far more superior products. (and it's true...even internal employees blog about it)

    Mozilla missed it's window of opportunity to do so much more.

    Advice to Management

    Cut the corporate bs at the top and empower the people doing actual work to drive where the company goes. Since leaving and joining a successful product-leading company, it's very clear to see where Mozilla is failing and it's sad and unfortunate.


  2. Helpful (11)

    "Boondoggle for executives; terrible diversity and inclusion."

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    perks and comp are good.

    Cons

    It's become clear that VPs and above are just soaking up the benefits of travel and lifestyle careers. The board is hand picked by the chair as to never challenge the chair.

    Women and people of color are twice as likely to leave mozilla than white males. Let that sink in.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house including the entire board and ceo

  3. Helpful (6)

    "Desktop Support"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Mozilla full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I received opportunities to travel for work and form relationships with co-workers across the world. I was able to learn new skills from many of the colleagues that I worked with.

    Cons

    It was hard to trust people there. Didn't have a clear path for career growth. Human Resources didn't feel like a trusted resource. Most management was a mess.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Great culture, not great strategy"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Mozilla full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Collaborative work environment, have figured out how to collaborate when entire team is remote.

    Cons

    They are struggling to find a way to be relevant beyond Firefox

    Advice to Management

    Get creative


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Good engineers, poor leadership"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Great job for just out of school.
    - Excellent engineers. You can learn a lot from them.
    - Mission is very appealing, though the organization's alignment to it is weak at times.
    - Fantastic benefits, compensation, and work-life balance.

    Cons

    - Lots of politics.
    - Organizations are not very cohesive and don't work together well. I can't even count how many times I heard "that's not in my quarterly goals" or "we don't have resources for that" after making reasonable requests.
    - Management structure is strange and hard to understand. As someone who wanted to work his way up, I couldn't figure out how.

    Advice to Management

    - Focus on a few core efforts and do them really well.
    - Do a better job of supporting excellent performers and create more paths upward.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "A good company that's losing its track"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work life balance
    Decent pay
    Good benefits
    Bi Annual Work Weeks a plus

    Cons

    Lack of strong senior leadership
    Hoping to make impact but bleeding slowly
    Staff seems more motivated than leadership

    Advice to Management

    Figure out what you want to do soon. Do not try and continue to paint a good picture when it is not.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Incredible learning experience"

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    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Contributing to help defend a free, secure and public open web.

    The company is continuously modernizing and it's a pleasure to be a part of so much incredible change.

    Also, incredible work/life balance.

    Cons

    After 18 months, I can't think of any.

    The worst was their parental leave but they just fixed that so... yay!

    Advice to Management

    Continue to make hard decisions and leading us in the right direction.

  8. "You want to be here"

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    Current Contractor - Code Review in Mountain View, CA
    Current Contractor - Code Review in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Mozilla as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly people especially managers
    Helpful people especially managers

    Cons

    There are absolutely ZERO cons about working for Mozilla

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing how you are doing it. You are perfect! It is hard for newcomers to get their foot into the door though.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Bring back John"

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    Former Employee - Web Developer in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Web Developer in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Mozilla full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people at the lower levels, great engineering culture, amazing mission

    Cons

    The company is lost and has no clue why it's special. Gary ruined the company, and it's been downhill since John left.

    Advice to Management

    Fewer marketers/business/etc people, more engineers. Go back to building great products.


  10. Helpful (17)

    "Toxic place to work"

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    Current Employee - Better Not Say in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Better Not Say in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you work remotely you can avoid the politics and toxic people for a while. They let you use Chrome because a lot websites don't work well with Firefox.

    Cons

    Terrible untrained managers. Out of date technology. Good people being pushed out for speaking up too much.

    Advice to Management

    Get a grip and start listening to your employees. It is becoming a paranoid work environment.


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