O'Reilly Media – Why Work For Us?

“This company was created to provide interesting work for interesting people. We follow our dreams, our curiosity, and our sense of what’s important.”

Tim O’Reilly, Founder and CEO

What We Offer

O’Reilly Media, Inc. was created to provide interesting work for interesting people. Headquartered in Sebastopol, CA, with multi-state and international offices, the company provides opportunities to work, learn, and exchange ideas with the most talented people in the industry. We also provide a competitive compensation and benefits package. O’Reilly Media, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.

undefined  Rodney Mullen (left) 00The Godfather Of Street Skating--at Strata Conference
with Roger Magoulas, -Director, Research & Analysis



undefined Courtney Nash--Director, Strategic Content  (Web Performance and Operations)

Rachel Roumeliotis (left)--Director, Strategic Content (Programming/Developer) interviewing experts at StrataRX

Ben Lorica (right)--Director, Strategic Content (Data)

Simon St. Laurent--Director, Strategic Content (Web Platform)

Operating Principles

How we put our values into practice.

Tell meaningful stories.

Stories matter--people are wired to pay attention to them, and we understand through narrative. Our products always have a meaningful story, a "why this is important," behind them. Our job is to tell those stories in a way that's meaningful to the customer and illustrative of the company's values.

Surprise and delight.

Go for thoughtfulness, extras, whimsy, the unexpected--those special touches that lift us above the ordinary and create a shared experience of "Yes!" Whether it's creating a product, communicating with customers, or working with co-workers and our network, aim for surprise and delight.

Is it best for the customer?

Everyone we engage with is our customer--not only the people who buy our products and services, but also speakers, authors, and business partners.

Look from the outside in.

Start with the customer's point of view. It's about them, not us! Focus on how whatever we're creating or promoting matters to the recipient. Connect with others outside of the company--people who have jobs similar to yours, competitors, companies whose work you admire. That outside perspective helps us continually redefine who we are.

If you have a better idea, say so! Whether it's your job or not.

We need the smarts and creativity of every employee to succeed. Feel free to offer suggestions and put forth new ideas. They may not all get adopted, but they'll be heard and considered.

Be tough on problems, not on people.

Dig deep to find the best solutions--attack problems fearlessly and incorporate ideas from those with different perspectives. Don't be afraid to disagree, but do it with respect. Focus on issues and facts, not personalities or positions.

Err on the side of generosity and reciprocity.

We humans are wired to help those who help us--reciprocity is a better way to motivate behavior than rewards! It's a kind of currency. With customers, communities, and co-workers, when you ask for something, make sure to give something back.

Embrace, adapt to, and drive change.

Expect tomorrow to be different from today. Your job, your audience, your co-workers, your desk, your boss--these are all likely to change as the company experiments and grows. Whether driven by internal inspiration or external circumstances, there's always an opportunity to do something better or new.

Is it best for the company overall?

Think higher than your project, team, department, or division. Go for the biggest possible benefit.

If it's high impact for the company, it's high priority for you.

It's easy to fill up your day with the routine, the "nice to do," or things that someone requests. Don't! Do the things that get us closer to company goals.

If you're not sure, ask.

Ask anyone! While your manager should be a good source of answers, feel free to check in with people outside your group.


Suzanne Axtell, Marketing Operations & Diversity Outreach at a special event. 


Nathaniel Coon (left), Sales Associate with a Strata Confernce attendee


Gina Blaber (left), VP, Conferences with Steve Souders


Laurel Ruma (left), Talent Management interviewing a sponsor at Strata Conference.


Joshua Simmons, Community Manager--Programming

When I designed the first Animal covers for O'Reilly, I had no idea how popular the animals would become; 25 years later, the brand continues to flourish.Unfortunately, the same is not true of the real-life animals whose images appear on many of the book covers.

— Edie Freedman
Creative Director

About The O’Reilly Animals

Most of the engravings we use on our covers were created in the 18th and 19th centuries, when wildlife was plentiful. Few people at the time were engaged in protecting wildlife; to them, the supply seemed endless. As commercial hunting, trade in exotic animals, and the practice of converting forests into fields for grazing and cash crops became more widespread, animal populations rapidly declined, some to the point of extinction.

Although there are now hundreds of organizations around the globe working to preserve and restore wildlife populations and habitats, the downward trend largely continues. In places like Madagascar, a biodiversity hotspot in which over 90% of its wildlife is found nowhere else on Earth, the animals are losing ground, literally and figuratively, at an alarming rate. In the U.S., there are ongoing battles about land use and snail darters, spotted owls, grey wolves, buffalo, elk—the list is endless, in places all over the world.

“The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.”
— Robert Swan, polar explorer and environmentalist

There are many ways to get involved, from making donations to conservation organizations to volunteering your time in the field and/or bringing your technical expertise to bear on the problems, using technology solutions to make it easier to track populations, detect poachers, or help the conservation organizations achieve their goals in other ways.

For more information, visit our animal blog or read about Edie Freedman's "A Short History of the O’Reilly Animals."


Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision benefits for employees and dependents.

Health care and dependent care flexible spending accounts.

Generous paid time off and holidays.

401(k) with company match.

Employee Assistance Program.

Company-paid life insurance and short- and long-term disability.

Supplemental life insurance.

Employee Referral Bonus Program.


Free O’Reilly products – books, reports, videos.

Free classes at the O’Reilly School of Technology.

Ample free parking.

Freshly brewed good coffee (from local roaster Taylor Maid) tea, and fresh fruit.

A beautiful campus with plenty of lawn for lounging or frisbee, plus a direct connection to a County Parks trail for walking/jogging/ biking.

Free apples from the orchard surrounding the campus (you pick!)

We’re dog friendly; bring your pooch to work, as long as he’s a good boy!

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    O'Reilly Media is a great place. It was a real heartbreak for me when I had to leave. But as one of my co-workers said, 'You aren't leaving O'Reilly, you're graduating'. That truly is was it feels like. I learned and grew so much. I found excellent mentors and was exposed to some of the greatest minds and technologies of our time. I originally was attracted to the company because the Tim O'Reilly was a hero of mine. However, what I found once working there, is a group of strong female leaders who were running the operation with vision and skill. As a woman in the work force, this was a huge source of strength and inspiration for me. My supervisor was more like mentor than a boss. She gave me the resources I needed to grow and put my best work forward. The company is great at allowing employees the independence and freedom to do what they're best at. Anytime I had concerns about the role, they were listened to and addressed (sometimes slowly- but we got there!). Most everyone at O'Reilly Media is down to earth, and easy to get along with. The culture is mostly above drama and politics- which is refreshing. What I will miss most are the wonderful travel opportunities, and friendships I made there. One of the really great things about O'Reilly is that they groom employees for better opportunities. They are long-term and stable, and offer the resources you need to make a life long career there. I can say I have graduated from O'Reilly with new knowledge and confidence thanks to the positive and supportive work environment I found. I also learned what it truly means to be data driven. Because of its seemingly remote location, O'Reilly Media is one of the best kept secrets out there. I highly recommend it and would go back, given the right circumstances.


    I gained 20 pounds my first year at O'Reilly. This was mostly because of the amazing travel opportunities that came from being a part of the events team. Fortunately, I was eventually able to get the hang of the work/ travel lifestyle. It would be really awesome if they could implement a fitness program for employees, as it is easy to gain weight and forget to lead a healthy lifestyle when you travel a lot. My workload could be pretty busy at times. Fortunately, I didn't mind it too much because I working on stuff that mattered!

    Advice to Management

    Consider starting a gym or fitness reimbursement plan for employees. Also- consider simplify the expense code/ travel reimbursement system. Sometimes, it took me days to finish my travel reports and valuable work hours were wasted.

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    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 5 weeks. I interviewed at O'Reilly Media (Sebastopol, CA) in June 2015.


    Sent CV and resume. Had a phone interview which was pretty casual. I was asked if I had experience, how much I know about the company, and if the role would be creative enough for me. I also got to ask a couple questions. Then had an interview with a designer and the creative director. It was also casual. I was asked a few questions like: what software am I proficient in and do I have experience that directly relates to the job. I also got to show my portfolio. They also showed me the type of work that the role entailed.

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O'Reilly Media Awards & Accolades

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Jolt Awards: The Best Books , Dr. Dobbs, 2013
Business of the Year , Sebastopol Chamber of Commerce, 2011
Supporter of the year , Sebastopol Entrepreneurs Project, 2013
Best Places to Work , North Bay Business Journal, 2014
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Additional Info

Website www.oreilly.com
Headquarters Sebastopol, CA
Size 150 to 499 Employees
Founded 1978
Type Company - Private
Industry Media
Revenue $25 to $50 million (USD) per year

Headquarters: Sebastopol, CA; additional offices in Boston, MA; Farnham, UK; Koeln, Germany; Tokyo, Japan; Taipei, Taiwan; Beijing, China Publisher of the iconic "animal books" for software developers, creator of the first commercial website (GNN), organizer of the summit meeting that gave the open source software movement its name, and prime instigator of the ... More

Mission: O'Reilly Media spreads the knowledge of innovators through its books, online services, magazines, research, and conferences. Since 1978, O'Reilly has been a chronicler and catalyst of leading-edge development, homing in on the technology trends that really matter and galvanizing their adoption by amplifying "faint signals" from the alpha geeks who are creating the future. An active participant in the technology community, the company has a long history of advocacy, meme-making, and evangelism.

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