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Loads of great ideas at ORM.

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

I worked at O'Reilly Media full-time

Pros

Smart co-workers, freedom to experiment, and willing to depart from the status quo made my time at ORM enjoyable. Senior management was also very gracious with paid time off around the holiday season, which made for well rested employees when the new year rolled around.

Cons

At times, there would be too many voices while trying to make a decision on which direction to go. This made for slow progress when testing new ideas.

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Trust your employees to do what they do best.

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    O'Reilly is a decent place to work.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at O'Reilly Media

    Pros

    There is a pleasant work environment. The benefits are good, the people are nice, generous time off and decent hours.

    Cons

    Changes are very slow, people seem stuck in doing things the familiar way, work can get very hectic with alot of energy spent trying to get changes done.

    Approves of CEO
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    A Company in Decline Since 2001

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at O'Reilly Media

    Pros

    The company brand still has some cachet, though management and the inner circle ties it strongly to Tim.

    No one in a professional position has to work too hard--overwork is almost always a choice.

    If you can argue strongly for professional (technical, not business) development and training, you can usually get it.

    Cons

    The characterization as "a company lead by a beancounter" is all too accurate. Several promising initiatives have been started, given "full support" by the steering council, scuttled in a couple of months, and restarted multiple times. During my tenure, there was a period where multiple good people were hired and fired in a revolving door fashion.

    Multiple members of the steering committee lied to me directly about job-related issues.

    There's little opportunity for advancement. Though management has tried to promote other people as knowledgeable and eventual successors to Tim in various areas, the company culture cuts down anyone who gets too close.

    Though the company positions itself as a thought leader of technology, it's incredibly fad driven and prone to chasing taillights. You have to argue for strategic investments of time or talent, and you probably won't get credit for them in 18 months when you are proved right.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a strategy--any strategy--you can support for more than 90 days and stick with it long enough to see if it works. If you find yourself trying it again within the year, you've failed.

    Invest in the business. Don't give lip service to it. There's no good reason debt service had to cause layoffs in 2009. That was a failure of cashflow management and an unwillingness to cut unnecessary costs (and not primarily personnel). EBITDA is all well and good, but it became a buzzword.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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