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Mozilla Reviews in Mountain View, CA

Updated Apr 17, 2014
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3.8 25 reviews

100% Approve of the CEO

Mozilla Interim CEO Chris Beard

Chris Beard

(5 ratings)

78% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • It's always good to work on open source(in 9 reviews)

  • Extremely smart people all over(in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • And if you work in Firefox OS expect no understanding of what's happening and when(in 4 reviews)

  • Very little opportunity to change teams(in 2 reviews)

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    2 people found this helpful  

    Fun work at times, but it's like cats with no herding power, tasked with herding cats

    Product Manager (Former Employee) Mountain View, CA (US)

    ProsThere are many interesting things to work on, especially if you love the web. They offer flexible workdays and other employee perks.

    ConsThe company lacks direction beyond the (very) high-level goals. Most of the org is in service to Firefox OS - this is necessary given the company's direction, but sucks resources from other projects.

    Directors and VPs seem very disconnected from PMs and engineers (the caveat is Firefox OS, that immediate team is run better than most). This causes mismatches in expectations and frustration to those down the reporting chain.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSpend time actually looking at why teams are in the state they are. There are too many decisions made based on emotion and non-empirical, subjective feelings.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Political, unstable, and toxic teams that encourages weak leaders to "lead"

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Mountain View, CA (US)

    ProsHigh salaries, high bonus, competitive benefits

    ConsMozilla is a mess. The CEO bailed almost a year ago. The COO is doing his best to lead the company through extraordinary transition. The executives have been resigning in the last year. I think there are five who have left now.

    Mozilla is private and pretty much anything goes. Relationships are important so if you think you're going to go into the job and get it done, think again. You better have solid relationships build around you, and leverage them to your liking, otherwise you'll be alienated or punished in your reviews.

    There are teams that are under resourced and others that have over hired. Would be great if there was some strategic direction that identified the margins of revenue-per-employee or some best practices to remove the pressure points.

    Expect to work long hours with a lot of unexpected travel. I was initially attracted to the remote worker policy. In reality it means you're working odd hours because of the distribution of the team or traveling to other locations. It's not for everyone but certainly a great opportunity for those who are more flexible.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire your CEO.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Dark times

    Manager (Current Employee) Mountain View, CA (US)

    Pros- Very flexible culture. You can work from home and depending of your manager you can work in pretty much whatever you want.
    - A lot of travel to different places in the world.
    - Extremely smart people all over.
    - Fairly flat organization and ability to work in cross functional projects.

    Cons- Lack of clear vision for the future. The most important thing keeps changing every quarter.
    - Old guard vs new guard conflict.
    - Leadership keeps creating fires and crisis around Firefox OS. They gave up control of our future to carriers.
    - No Marketing leadership. Very engineering driven organization in a commoditized industry.
    - No CEO. 6 C levels have left in the past year.
    - Lots of middle managers that add little to no value.
    - Global organization with teams spread across the globe. Anything that requires multiple people tends to be slow, very slow.
    - Consensus driven work. Getting things done is very, very time consuming.
    - Very little opportunity to change teams.

    Advice to Senior Management- Due diligence of teams and middle managers. Particularly at the Director level, there's a lot of wasted resources.
    - Keep focusing on few products that can have the largest impact.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Interning at Mozilla was one of the funnest things I've done

    Software Development Engineer Intern (Former Employee) Mountain View, CA (US)

    ProsOpen Source, Open Culture, very happy motivated people, good work/life balance

    ConsMost people working remotely made it harder to interact with the team

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Huge disappointment

    Senior Developer (Former Employee) Mountain View, CA (US)

    ProsThere are some really top people there. It's always good to work on open source. The pay and benefits are good, and regular bonuses.

    ConsI expected a relaxed and friendly startup kind of place. Alas, it was by far the most "corporate" and yet least efficient environment I've ever worked in. As one example, it took IT months to get me a work computer. They're now spending $100m/yr on developers. It's very hard to see what that's achieving. Seems as if top talent is wasting its time there compared to what's being achieved at Google, Apple and others. One reason is massive technical debt and an insane codebase.

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    Nothing but smart, awesome people

    Office Coordinator (Former Employee) Mountain View, CA (US)

    ProsEveryone cares about what they are working on-- they're the best and the brightest

    ConsWhile all Mozillians are quite friendly, there are definitely "tribes" that don't mix as often as you'd hope

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep it classy

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great values, but many directions

    Software Engineer (Current Employee) Mountain View, CA (US)

    Pros- Lots of smart people that would love to help you out with your work.
    - Everything is open source. All of your work goes back to the community. You get paid to build out your Github profile!
    - Plenty of PTO; unexpected paid vacations!
    - Mozilla has an energy that no other company I've worked for has. Everyone is excited about the future of the products.
    - There's a great community that will help you with your work! People are excited to help make your product better.
    - Lots of paid travel all around the world.
    - Every office has an appropriately complicated coffee making machine. Mountain View, for instance, has an automatic latte machine. SF has an exceptionally hipster espresso press.

    Cons- Oftentimes too much management. Carriers and third parties have started to drive product decisions, and everything seems to be an emergency.
    - There's an attitude of "it's not good unless it's changing". Products get bloated with features that nobody cares about and technical debt falls by the wayside.
    - Entire teams are remote. When I started, most of my team was in the office I was in. The overwhelming majority of my department is now remote, and people keep moving away.
    - Don't expect to be able to change teams. If the team you want to move to doesn't have headcount, you're out of luck. I've tried changing teams and the only opportunity I had was to fill a vacancy that would open in the following quarter.
    - Mozilla has more paid staff than some of its products have active users. If you don't work on Firefox, don't expect to be reaching millions of people.
    - Depending on what team you're on, you shouldn't expect to participate in activities with your coworkers: partly because they're probably remote and partly because they just don't happen very often. In the two years I've been here, I've seen most of my coworkers in person exactly one time.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe solution to good management is to stop hiring managers. If you see problems that seem to need more managers to handle, it's better to get rid of the problem than it is to cover it up with bureaucracy.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Fantastic company, smart people, great values

    Web Developer (Former Employee) Mountain View, CA (US)

    ProsGreat values: everyone is so driven and focused on the Mozilla mission.
    Fantastic benefits: free lunch on Mondays, free snacks, free laptop for interns.
    Relaxed work environment and close-knit teams.

    ConsManagement and projects somewhat messy due to the pivot towards Firefox OS, but getting better.
    Sometimes unsure of what to do
    Somewhat corporate, lacking the more startup feel common to other companies in the Valley.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Very satisfied

    QA Engineer (Former Employee) Mountain View, CA (US)

    ProsRelax environment during work and good balance.

    ConsSometimes the sturcture is unclear.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Quality Assurance Intern

    QA Intern (Former Employee) Mountain View, CA (US)

    ProsYou can directly work on product. Free $3000 laptop for intern, free lunch on Monday, snacks.
    I loved working here.

    ConsI didn't see any. Hard to find.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNot any

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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