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Mozilla Mountain View Reviews

Updated February 26, 2017
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  • The company didn't really deliver anything (Firefox OS) in the past 3 years (in 13 reviews)

  • Open source Politics are frequently worse than corporate politics (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (9)

    "Sinking ship"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Mozilla full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very smart engineers. They are the saving grace of the place.

    Cons

    Engineering management is sub par. Product management is clueless. Firefox OS is not worth talking about

    Advice to Management

    Please shut down Firefox OS. Change the management layer.


  2. "Brand Strategy Marketing Associate"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Brand Strategy Marketing Associate in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Brand Strategy Marketing Associate in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Mozilla (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Amazing people, amazing mission, great working conditions, great benefits.
    I would work there any time again.

    Cons

    You need to be a self starter. sometimes things can get a little unstructured, so you better be flexible.

    Advice to Management

    Stay as you are guys. You are great! They are all very kind and supportive people.


  3. "Cool environment with lots of freedom"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Mountain View, CA
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart people, reasonable compensation, epic projects

    Cons

    A bit disorganized in all areas, some degree of turnover, needs to be a better vision of the browser as a product and Mozilla's future.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be afraid of change and innovation, embrace new technologies and programming languages, and get opinions of Generation Z because they will ultimately decide the future.


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  5. Helpful (5)

    "Extremely flexible and open"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Mozilla full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Ability to work remotely e.g. while travelling
    - Extremely flexible working hours (excluding meetings) and time off
    - Variety in projects
    - Work in the open
    - Attend one non-Mozilla conference per year without presenting (more if you present)
    - Large quarterly cash bonuses (to compensate for no stock) and extra health & wellness spending reimbursement (e.g. gym, co-pays, sports, etc.)
    - Silicon Valley perks (e.g. lunch, quality snacks/drinks, games/sports)
    - Computer upgrade every 2 years
    - Android or FirefoxOS hardware
    - Travel for work at least once a year (usually 2x min.)
    - 401k contribution (usually 7%)

    Cons

    - Firefox desktop has been starved for resources for as long as I've been around since they were going to Firefox OS which caused us to lose relevance with developers and users. Chris Beard is changing this and we are investing more in the Firefox department again including many open positions soon.
    - Various organization changes in recent years (e.g. in administrative overhead) but for the most part you can just ignore them and do your job

    Advice to Management

    - Invest more in desktop Firefox and have Firefox OS integrate with desktop (e.g. via Sync) as a way to increase FxOS adoption
    - Leverage our differentiating features before competitors have parity (e.g. vertical tabs & tab groups). These are some of the reasons why people still use Firefox.
    - Invest more in implementing Web APIs to win back developer mind share (we have been focusing too much on FxOS APIs in this area)


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Amazing life experience."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Platform Engineering Intern in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Platform Engineering Intern in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Mozilla (Less than a year)

    Pros

    1. Amazing people and good technology to work with in a very cool office.
    2. Free Macbook pro (you get to to keep it after the internship!).
    3. Unlimited food and drink with an incredible amount of choice.

    Cons

    1. Full time positions are few and far between. Very few interns get a return offer. You have to network very very well if you want to know where the positions are and apply for them on your own.
    2. Vision for the company seems to have caused a rift in the ranks.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Good intentions"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Mozilla full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, perks, intelligent people. Powerful values and commitment to mission. Chances to move teams or focus on a new career path, depending on your org.

    Cons

    Leadership at the top level is a bit all over the place. Frequent reorgs, moving people around (to perhaps a group or position they don't want to be in without a say in the matter), lack of processes or policies to point to follow/point back to (everyone, including executives, looking for loopholes to get what they want, with no regard to how it affects other groups). Good people leaving every week.

    Advice to Management

    Get it together. Take some time to think about how what you're doing affects your employees, or better yet, ask them or involve them in the decision. Pick a strategic direction and stick with it.


  8. "College Recruiting Specialist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - College Recruiting Specialist in Mountain View, CA
    Former Contractor - College Recruiting Specialist in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Mozilla as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Free snacks and laptop. Near Caltrain. Open source is a good model

    Cons

    My team in HR really had no technical experience and that really reduced them to just paper pushers. Many did not have relevant degrees or education so they were just happy to have a reasonable paycheck

    Advice to Management

    In HR you really lack the acumen and horsepower to identify, attract and hire new college talent. At least use metrics to identify talent and a detailed strategic plan to find and recruit them. Shooting from the hip just won't work in the war for talent


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Incredible Experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Incredible new leadership. The company went through a lot of change but it really feels behind everyone. The leadership team in place is awesome, has everyone's support and is providing a clear vision.
    -Making a difference in the world. Mozilla is one of the few companies that really helping people around the world. It is also setting web standards and defending the open web.
    -Tons of company perks:
         -2 work trips a year (last one was in Whistler, next are in Orlando, London and Hawaii)
         -Great food every day
         -Lot's of vacation
         -Work from home
         -More benefits than any other company
         -Biggest bonus in the industry
         -Opportunities to grow

    Cons

    Coming from startups, I find that things might not move at the speed that I'd like but I think it is a common thing for such a large organization.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing. You've inspired everyone during the trip to Whistler.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Leadership going downhill"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Mozilla full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits and good compensation for not a lot of work. You get to work from home have a lot of autonomy if you want it.

    Cons

    There is no coordination and no support. You can find out after months that another team was doing the same thing you were or that a team you depended on turns out to have been told that your project was low priority. Decision making is reactive and blame shifting.

    Advice to Management

    It really erodes trust when you claim to be open but make decisions that actively harm the company behind closed doors. The new bonus structure causes people to try to shift work onto others and take the credit.


  11. Helpful (11)

    "Driving against a one-way street"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Mozilla full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    * Great employee perks. free lunch, beautiful offices, A+ health benefits. good work/life balance.
    * great and smart people. most understand the mission and believe it.
    * flexible with working in your IDE of choice. adaptive to new technologies and tools. open to hearing new ideas.

    Cons

    * Management direction is a mess. Changing goals all the time
    * The community of volunteers to make an impact is dying out. Many of the star performing community members is giving up and moving on to other things
    * Losing the great people is hurting. Your top leaders, engineers, and influence are all leaving at the same time and taking their talents elsewhere. Those stepping up are promoted too quickly, and those working hard are not recognized for their talents. CEO is trying to clean the place up, but at the mercy of the transition of losing great people right now.

    Advice to Management

    * look at some of your deadbeats in the office and cut them out. some are in positions that are hurting the growth, and they need to be readjusted. meanwhile, do a better job keeping your top talents around. they need to know there is direction in the company and goals to pursue. And when hiring new people, make sure they understand the mission and have ideas on how to keep the fire lit. Finally, lose a lot of the politics at the top. it never used to be like that 5 years ago, and now its feeling too corporate, even though you try to keep the open voice in the game.



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