This morning my roommates and I departed from our provided apartment (more like resort), walking around 1.5 miles to the office. Upon entering the building we were welcomed by Firefox artwork, fancy beanbag chairs, and an assortment of other hip office features. After receiving our badges and catching a quick breakfast in the kitchen, we were off to the room where our meeting would be held. We found our assigned seats which each sat a new top of the line 15″ Macbook Pro and a headset. We spent about an hour installing software and connecting to various internal systems. It wasn’t even 9 AM and I was already in love with the place.
After IT on boarding, I met up with my mentor Chris who got me up to speed on all the awesome things the Growth Team has been doing. It was really exciting to access metrics across the user base of over three hundred million users! Projects executed by this team are having a real impact on user acquisition and retention for Firefox and I am super pumped to see what quantifiable impact I can make. We sat in on the weekly update meeting where all interns (including myself) were introduced to all joining the meeting live and on AirMozilla (Check it out here! I am introduced at 16:00).
Midway through the day we all took a break to devour the most delicious office food that mankind has ever been afforded. No, seriously, have you ever eaten Roasted Free Range Chicken, Mac and Cheese Topped with Bacon, and Rosemary Scented Roasted Yukon Gold Potatoes at work? Neither had I before today. Oh, and I forgot to mention, the food is catered every. single. day. Alongside the unlimited (free) snack and drink options, I don’t think I will ever be hungry again.
Over the course of the rest of the day, the interns were able to explore the rest of the office building. Alongside three fully stocked kitchens, the Mountain View office hosts a video game room, ping pong table, small library (with a massage chair), and a newly formed “intern jungle” where the interns hang out. All of the people that we met were extremely nice and open to discussing their role within the organization. Even the Chief Executive staff sat at normal desks, just like any other Mozillian!
The cool thing about working at Mozilla is that 99% of everything worked on is completely open to the public. I would encourage all of you to sit in on a meeting on AirMozilla or check out some previous meetings; a lot of interesting stuff is going on here. Additionally, if you care about privacy on the web you can learn more about how to contributing at https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/contribute/. /End growth pitch
With less than 12 hours as a Mozillian under my belt, I can already tell that I will be surrounded by a diverse group of brilliant minds, and I could not be any more excited for what I might learn.
Until next time.
This article was originally posted on Medium.