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Updated March 16, 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 (6)

    "This is how work should be."

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    Current Employee - Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Mountain View, CA
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - "Start up" culture feel, but with solid real-world stability
    - Company committed to doing The Right Thing
    - Decisions are not driven only by money, but by "what would be the best user experience?"
    - Internally, dedication to doing things the right way (even if it means having to redo existing choices)
    - Not afraid to spend money (smartly)
    - Not afraid of funding wacky side projects if they have potential
    - Hiring policy: "We only hire rock stars"
    - Amazingly good benefits (all premiums covered, lots of neat perks)
    - Generous bonuses, paid quarterly (and, yeah, we actually get them every quarter)
    - Pathologically friendly to remote work arrangements
    - Open source-driven
    - HQ is in downtown Mountain View -- great restaurant selection nearby.
    - Company will provide whatever equipment you need to be comfortable & productive (weird mouse? done. high-end ergo chair? done. multiple monitors? done.)
    - Good parking situation
    - Free snacks, drinks, and lunch on Mondays
    - Friday cantinas (company-funded drinking)
    - Dogs at work

    Cons

    - So many people working remote can be a pain in the butt sometimes, but it's just an adjustment.
    - No stock (private corp owned by an NFP foundation)
    - The nature of "we'll try any technology if it's the right technology" sometimes causes a lot of different tools doing the same (or almost the same) thing in different places as each person/team gets to re-make the choice.

    Advice to Management

    Keep being awesome.


  2. "I love my job!"

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

    Pros

    A lot of work to be done, innovative environment, nice people, and open .

    Cons

    We don't get free food every day.

    Advice to Management

    Keep bringing in smart people.


  3. "Mozilla is an amazing place to work where you get to always do the right thing."

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

    Pros

    Mozilla is Mission-based organization and nothing trumps the mission so you know you always get to "do the right thing". It's also a collection of some of the smartest people involved in the development of the Web.

    Cons

    Mozilla is a non-profit and depends heavily on a volunteer community to be competetive. These are not downsides unless you're unfamiliar with them and unwilling to learn. They do make Mozilla different from pretty much every other Web company though and it's not for everyone.

    Advice to Management

    Mozilla leadership should spend more time creating a sense of urgency among employees. The industry is moving fast and Mozilla employees do not always feel the urgency necessary to compete effectively.


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  5. "Full of smart, helpful people"

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    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Boston, MA
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Mozilla is full of smart folks who are willing to help each other out in a pinch. We all work together, if someone's very busy and there's stuff going on, others will offer to help. It's a *very* good environment for remote workers - 75% of my team is remote, so nobody has the feeling they missed something because they weren't "in the office". The bonuses are indeed real, and the salary itself is competitive.

    Cons

    The developers choose the technology they work on with very little input from the Systems team, so sometimes we have to manage something that's completely inappropriate to the technology involved. However, that's actually changing in 2012 - already in 2011 there were some changes that developers did not like at first, but appreciate that we can better support them. So we're doing more of that, and hopefully this con will go away.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Awesome People, Awesome Mission."

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

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

    Pros

    Work is demanding but fulfilling. You make a contribution every day.

    Cons

    So much to do, so little time!

    Advice to Management

    Stay in touch with your minions.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "passionate, driven, changing the world"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart, driven, and focused group working hard to change the world. I am fired up every single day and the group works very hard but are also like family.

    Cons

    Tough culture developed over years, and needs to change

    Advice to Management

    Let go of some of the past. Today is much different than when the first browser was introduced.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Wonderful place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Mozilla full-time

    Pros

    You get to work with some of the brightest people on the planet contributing to a great cause.
    There are plenty of opportunities to get involved in whatever you want to work on.
    You get to work with a volunteer community on an international level and meet people from all different lifestyles.

    Cons

    Sometimes things are not super organized or clear what specifically your role is or where the focus areas are.


  9. "I'm a short-timer, but it's the best place I've ever worked"

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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 Mozilla full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    worker autonomy
    respect
    really thinks about doing what's right not just products for money
    decency
    room for conflicting opinions, maybe not as much as before
    actually consider things like accessibility, every user
    Firefox OS has a lot of potential

    Cons

    not a lot of management makes leaves holes in process. Things can fall through the cracks. But it can also be an opportunity for people to take on different roles.

    Advice to Management

    I think we're on the right track.


  10. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to learn, no micro management, lots of opportunities to grow quickly

    Cons

    Not sure if there's any


  11. "One of the best places to work on the web."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    * Humble and energetic culture
    * Working with very smart individuals
    * The benefits are incredible

    Cons

    * This isn't the place to be if you're into business modeling or revenue growth.



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