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A wealth of amazing talent and ideas at ORM

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sebastopol, CA
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sebastopol, CA

I worked at O'Reilly Media full-time (more than 5 years)

Pros

Had the great opportunity to work alongside some of the smartest, most talented people I've ever met. Very conscious of accommodating work-life balance. Ideas are welcomed and encouraged by senior management. Nowhere else will you find a job that blends ORM's legendary editorial, online, conferences, Foo Camp, Maker Media, Safari Books, and more.

Cons

Size of company can sometimes lend itself to too many cooks in the kitchen and a bloated bureaucratic way of dealing with process. So many decisions touch so many related departments that it can take a while to get an idea off the ground.

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    Culture is too conservative

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    Current Employee - Web Developer in Sebastopol, CA
    Current Employee - Web Developer in Sebastopol, CA

    I have been working at O'Reilly Media full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, nice people, free books, Tim O'Reilly

    Cons

    Low salaries (for web developers at least) and the culture doesn't match the norm for modern Bay Area tech companies (change is slow and too much top-down management - despite Tim O'Reilly's influence, much of senior management feels old school rather than collaborative and proactive - stage 3 instead of stage 4 or 5, if you're familiar with the book "Tribal Leadership".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Apply the amazing info that's in O'Reilly books to the company, particularly the lean startup method, and modern web development practices. Also, work on developing a more conscious culture via positive psychology and emotional intelligence, especially amongst the leadership.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    There are better ways to waste your time

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sebastopol, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sebastopol, CA

    I worked at O'Reilly Media full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    There aren't many. What you initially think will be positive elements, quickly turn into negatives. The surrounding city (Sebastopol) is safe, and very nice, but other than that working at O'Reilly Media (and its many holdings ie; Safari Books, Make, and O'Reilly School of Technology) will leave a sour taste in your mouth, that is unless of course you either fall in line and buy into the slacker mentality that seems to be a staple of how this business "runs". You do get free books though, so if you want to read up and learn some new skills they are pretty helpful with that.

    Cons

    If O'Reilly Media was located in a bigger city, such as San Francisco, New York, and so on, most of the employees would have left by now. The mentality of this place is morose at best. Many employees and management either barely work at all, or work too much (Make for example). There's an idea that you can talk about what ails you, but in reality no one wants to hear it. Fixing issues means people will have to work, or even come to the conclusion that they are not aiding in the success of the business. Human Resources is well aware of all issues, and it's very clear many of them have a chip on their shoulder. The best advice they can give is to look for a new job, outside of the company. Save yourself some time, and look elsewhere for any type of employment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a minute to look around at the rest of the state, and country for that matter, and realize that many people are hurting for work. You have the opportunity to simply be a place in which your employees make a paycheck, or actually are proud to work for you. Sadly, most of what I witnessed was that the management could care less.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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