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Sebastopol, CA
201 to 500 employees
1978
Company - Private
Education Training Services
Unknown / Non-Applicable
Headquarters: Sebastopol, CA; additional offices in Boston, MA; Farnham, UK; Tokyo, Japan; Beijing, China.

For almost 40 years, O'Reilly Media has provided technology and business training, knowledge, and insight to help companies succeed ... Read more

Mission: O'Reilly spreads the knowledge of innovators through its technology books, online services, research, and tech conferences. Since 1978, O'Reilly has been a chronicler and catalyst of leading-edge development, homing in on the technology trends ... Read more

Company Updates

  • Press Release: March 20, 2018

    O'Reilly and Intel Announce Lineup for Artificial Intelligence Conference, New York 2018
    New AI Business Summit Headlines Industry-Leaders in AI for Practical and Future Enterprise Applications

    Boston, MA—O’Reilly, the premier source for insight-driven learning on technology and business, and Intel today announced a new business summit and lineup of speakers presenting at the co-hosted Artificial Intelligence Conference, taking place from April 29 to May 2 in New York City. The event delivers an unsurpassed depth and breadth in technical content with a laser-sharp focus on the most important AI developments for business.

    New this year, O’Reilly and Intel are presenting the inaugural AI Business Summit at the conference, from April 30 to May 2. Through detailed case studies and informative sessions, the three-day event will offer practical knowledge about mitigating risk and out-innovating competitors through strategic AI business initiatives.

  • Press Release: December 12, 2017

    O'Reilly Media named a Top 20 IT Training Company by Training Industry
    Top 20Boston, MA—O'Reilly Media has been selected for Training Industry's 2017 IT Training Top 20 List. The award, for "the best providers of training services and technologies," recognizes O'Reilly's innovative training resources, which include Safari, the company's comprehensive learning platform, in-person conference and training programs, and instructional books and videos on technology, design, and business.

    "We're delighted to be chosen as a Top 20 company by Training Industry," said Karen Hebert-Maccaro, O'Reilly's Chief Content Officer. "O'Reilly has dramatically expanded our training offerings in the past year, including launching our extremely popular live online training courses. This award, which comes as we embark on our 40th year of providing learning resources to the tech industry and beyond, is a welcome confirmation of our work. And of course, we share the credit with the incredible network of experts who create our training resources, as well as our more than tw

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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.



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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.



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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."


Benefits

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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    Pros

    Excellent benefits which says a lot given how competitive the Bay Area is and a generous vacation policy. Flexible work schedule which allows for work from home .

    Passionate and driven people who care about what they do and their fellow colleagues.

    Opportunity to work with and learn from luminaries in the tech space. Challenge yourself daily to learn and grow while helping your clients.

    Caring leadership who provide a healthy work-life balance.

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    Like most organizations that are growing, it's important to strengthen communication so all company efforts are concurrent.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to innovate & create value for our industry and your employees.

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    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at O'Reilly Media in September 2012.

    Interview

    Totally disorganized hiring process. First interview was a panel (surprise!) that they purposely sprung on me to test my public speaking skills. I didn't hear from them for a month and then was called back in to meet one of the higher ups. Another few weeks went by and the panel wanted to meet me again because a couple months passed and they'd obviously forgotten what we discussed in our first interview. At this point I'd found another position and declined. They seem to do everything by committee which was a big warning sign.

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O'Reilly Media Awards & Accolades

  • 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
  • Best Places to Work, North Bay Business Journal, 2015
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