Wikimedia Foundation

  wikimediafoundation.org
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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 for more than a 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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    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 for 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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    A great non-profit; an okay technology organization

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

    I worked at Wikimedia Foundation as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    You have mostly upbeat, brilliant, and idealistic co-workers from all over the world, all working on a project that has global impact. Great opportunities abound if you are young and energetic.

    Cons

    The pace is quick compared to the average non-profit, but it can be glacial compared to other technology firms in the area. For workers based in San Francisco the pay can be low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The WMF needs managers with deeper experience in technology leadership, and to be a flatter organization.

    Neutral Outlook
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