Wikimedia Foundation

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Great people, hard problems

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Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA (US)
Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA (US)

I have been working at Wikimedia Foundation full-time (more than an year)

Pros

Everyone here believes strongly in the mission. Many of the problems faced by the Wikimedia Foundation are unique -- you don't feel like you are re-inventing the wheel. You get to work with amazing people and impact the lives of half a billion people a year.

Cons

Compensation is not competitive for the tech industry due to non-profit status. There is a very vocal community from the projects that often does not trust anything that the WMF does.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

It is time to realize what is best for the 500 million readers and sometimes push forward even if the 100,000 editors disagree.

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Positive Outlook
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    Changing the world and having fun.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I have been working at Wikimedia Foundation full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Driven, motivated staff. Smart managers. Great, downtown SF office.

    Cons

    Some of the benefits are being cut back (staff lunch, I miss you), but in fairness others are being added. Management seems to over-value the tech side of the house, while undervaluing the non-tech but soft "community" side.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to the community side. Remember that half your staff doesn't work in tech.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Dysfunctional and disorganized

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Wikimedia Foundation full-time

    Pros

    People care about what they do here. Everyone is passionate about the mission.

    Cons

    Management is clueless, staffed with people with little to no experience in managing a major technical product. They just emphasize hitting strategic metric promises by 2015 (because that's all they're capable of understanding) rather than focusing on serving our community and users. The executive director doesn't seem to care about the product and only communicates with other higher-ups in terms of the metrics they're hitting rather than taking an interest in what employees are doing. We're small enough such that she doesn't need to do that, yet she does anyway.

    Everything is driven by personality. There are a few people that manipulate the organization's direction regularly and do so under the guise of representing the community, but are really just trying to make things happen their way. Day to day interactions are an offshoot of old techy male-dominated mailing list culture, where people are cruel to each other behind the internet and complete wimps in person. Everyone just sits around making excuses to not go the extra mile on whatever they're doing.

    People treat product development the same way as they would write a Wiki, which are fundamentally irreconcilable activities.

    Lots of undeserved cultural masturbation; if someone doesn't agree with something they are written off as being culturally unfit, rather than letting people question cultural norms which are sacred yet completely dysfunctional. If your culture is so great, why do the most competent people leave? Why are so many people unhappy?

    Lots of lazy people on staff who don't do anything and are actively disruptive, yet they're never fired and probably never will be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire lazy or inept people who cost too much money. Don't repeat hiring the way you have in the past because it's clearly not working. Stop spending so much on global events and leadership retreats and start offering market or above market salaries to new hires so this place can attract better talent.

    Crack the whip on laziness.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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