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Updated June 14, 2017
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  • The company didn't really deliver anything (Firefox OS) in the past 3 years (in 12 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (5)

    "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.


  2. Helpful (12)

    "Stay away! Esp. Women in Tech"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Remote, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Remote, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people in lower levels. Most of the most talented and genuine people I worked have left or been laid off, only a few remain.

    Cons

    They will pretend to be a great company but they throw out top IC performers like they are trash based on the performance of executives. They claim to care about diversity but they do nothing to help the careers of women in technical roles. There is no mentoring or support or anything at an organizational level for women in tech. There is absolutely no discussion of career growth either.

    They are stuck in the old ways and do nothing to catch up with or even understand the times. They seem to be allergic to innovation. They claim to be open but there are a lot of closed doors and hushed conversations and the excuse is always "We are still better than Company Z". But what they fail to realize is that there are a ton of companies they are not better than- just interviewing around will show you that.

    Advice to Management

    Either go and take some executive training or quit.

  3. 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


  4. Helpful (8)

    "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


  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. Helpful (2)

    "Respectable Company"

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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 Mozilla full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Mozilla creates a great working environment where everyone truly respects one another and goes to work to do the best they can do. It is rare to see now a days. The benefits are unbelievable, from health to 2 times a year company wide trips to fun locations. Great places to work.

    Cons

    Sometimes Mozilla tends to get a little lost, just due to its non-profit company style. But that is not to say it doesn't have direction, just sometimes stricter direction wouldn't hurt.


  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 (6)

    "Great place to work, uncertain future."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Mozilla full-time

    Pros

    Excellent benefits (medical, travel, work at home, etc.)
    Great work/life balance
    Highly intelligent workforce
    Strong sense of mission around protecting the free and open Web

    Cons

    Growing quickly and it's breaking our current processes and tools
    Negative sentiment toward leadership (specifically around long term strategy, see advice)

    Advice to Management

    While strategy exists it's not being articulated clearly and loud enough leading many to have concerns for our future. All hands are a great vehicle for communicating this strategy but we need more frequent leadership communication (in email as well as weekly conference). Also, ensure that middle management has a mandate to connect the work their reports are doing to Mozilla's long term objectives.


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