Mozilla Reviews in Mountain View, CA

Updated 16 August 2014
Updated 16 August 2014
67 Reviews

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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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  1.  

    Affords opportunities to make a difference in everything you do and design processes that create better flow.

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

    I have been working at Mozilla full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great people, casual, informal culture. Excellent benefits. Excellent salary. Flexible schedule. Ability to speak your mind and "share" about everything in and outside of Mozilla

    Cons

    Strong sense of entitlement from many employees. Working in a distributed, open-source fashion across different geos and remote working situations can be hugely challenging but also hugely rewarding.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not sure that returning to "start-up days" and the ways things were done in the past to bring back energy is the right way to go. Also all employees, no matter how motivated and talented, could benefit by being mentored by their manager. It gets old to be constantly told to "create your own path."

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  2. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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

    I worked at Mozilla full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Spend 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.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

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

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

    I have been working at Mozilla full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    High salaries, high bonus, competitive benefits

    Cons

    Mozilla 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 ManagementAdvice

    Hire your CEO.

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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Dark times

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

    I have been working at Mozilla full-time for more than 3 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

    - 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

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

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

    I worked at Mozilla as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Huge disappointment

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

    I worked at Mozilla full-time for more than a year

    Pros

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

    Cons

    I 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.

  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Nothing but smart, awesome people

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

    I worked at Mozilla as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it classy

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great values, but many directions

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

    I have been working at Mozilla full-time for more than a year

    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 ManagementAdvice

    The 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Fantastic company, smart people, great values

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

    I worked at Mozilla as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Great 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.

    Cons

    Management 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Very satisfied

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

    I worked at Mozilla as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Relax environment during work and good balance.

    Cons

    Sometimes the sturcture is unclear.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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