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posted by chromas on Thursday August 13 2020, @05:55AM   Printer-friendly
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Mozilla lays off 250 employees while it refocuses on commercial products

The Mozilla Corporation announced today it was laying off approximately 250 staff members in a move to shore up the organization's financial future.

The layoffs were publicly announced in a blog post today. Employees were notified hours before, earlier this morning, via an email [PDF] sent by Mitchell Baker, Mozilla Corporation CEO and Mozilla Foundation Chairwoman.

Baker's message cited the organization's need to adapt its finances to a post-COVID-19 world and re-focus the organization on new commercial services.

[...] In 2018, the Mozilla Corporation said it had around 1,000 full-time employees worldwide. Mozilla previously laid off 70 employees in January. Several sources have told ZDNet that the recent layoffs accounted for nearly a quarter of the organization's workforce.

Main casualties of today's layoffs were the developers working on the company's experimental Servo browser engine and Mozilla's threat management security team. The latter is the security team that investigates security reports and performs incident response. The security team that fixes bugs in Mozilla products is still in place, according to sources and a Mozilla spokesperson.

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  • (Score: 5, Informative) by driverless on Thursday August 13 2020, @07:27AM (7 children)

    by driverless (4770) on Thursday August 13 2020, @07:27AM (#1036027)

    They only needed to lay off one person, Asa Dotzler, years ago. Instead, they're busy laying off the people who are actually doing something useful for Firefox.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday August 13 2020, @09:42AM (4 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday August 13 2020, @09:42AM (#1036076)

    She does do something useful: brings in those big donations that pays her and the other top brass's salaries. Until that changes or there is a big enough public outcry, no one who can actually do anything about it will care to replace her or the rest of them.

    • (Score: 3, Funny) by tedd on Thursday August 13 2020, @10:26AM (3 children)

      by tedd (1691) on Thursday August 13 2020, @10:26AM (#1036079)

      Asa Dotzler is male. Get the right person to hate.

      • (Score: 2) by shortscreen on Thursday August 13 2020, @05:35PM (1 child)

        by shortscreen (2252) on Thursday August 13 2020, @05:35PM (#1036236) Journal
        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday August 13 2020, @08:41PM

          by Anonymous Coward on Thursday August 13 2020, @08:41PM (#1036295)

          Duh...gender fluidity is one of Mozilla's favorite employee qualities.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday August 13 2020, @08:46PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Thursday August 13 2020, @08:46PM (#1036298)

        I know an Asa that is female, so I guess I assumed his gender.

        Regardless, I don't "hate" Asa. I'm just pointing out how big nonprofits like that work.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday August 13 2020, @05:16PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday August 13 2020, @05:16PM (#1036220)

    They should have canned the parasitic executive management instead of people who do actual work.

    These clowns cost Mozilla millions of dollars per year and provide negative value. I never understood why having a layer of folks who do not understand anything about the work the organization does, have less education (MBA collage making* doesn't count) than the folks they control, and have the intelligence of turnips as the decision makers is such a popular model in business.

    > The average Mozilla executive compensation is $213,745 a year. The median estimated compensation for executives at Mozilla including base salary and bonus is $210,217, or $101 per hour. At Mozilla, the most compensated executive makes $427,000...

    * I once walked in on a friend who attended an Ivy League business school gluing together magazine clippings into a collage as an assignment for her MBA!!!

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday August 13 2020, @09:24PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday August 13 2020, @09:24PM (#1036315)

    +1 +1 +1 +1 +1 +1 +1 +1 +1 +1 +1

    It started there and went downhill ever faster as the "User eXperience" team expanded.