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Sebastopol, CA
201 to 500 employees
Company - Private
Information Technology
$25 to $50 million (USD) per year
Headquarters: Sebastopol, CA; additional offices in Boston, MA; Farnham, UK; Tokyo, Japan; Beijing, China.

O’Reilly Media is an internationally recognized, multi-faceted media company that has played a seminal role in the Internet revolution ... 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

  • O'Reilly Velocity Conference comes to New York, October 1–4, 2017 Conference and training on real-world best practices for performance, scalability, and resilience of distributed systems Boston, MA—The O'Reilly Velocity Conference, for engineers who need to build and manage fast, durable systems, comes to the New York Hilton Midtown on October 1–4, 2017. Businesses can't succeed without their engineers, who are responsible for the systems that dictate customer experience and thus the ultimate success of the company. The Velocity program covers customer focus and systems thinking, in addition to plenty of technical content on performance, scalability, and resilience. Conference speakers are successful and innovative practitioners with a deep, nuanced understanding of how engineers contribute to the success of products and companies. They know it's not just the technology, and they bring that context to their presentations.

  • August 4, 2014 - O'Reilly Media Acquires Full Ownership of Safari Books Online. See Tim O'Reilly's post about the acquisition, on the O'Reilly Radar blog: ttp://oreilly.com/go/oreillyonsafari

    O'Reilly purchases Pearson's stake in Safari

    I'm pleased to share some exciting news. On Friday, August 1st, O'Reilly purchased Pearson Education's 50% ownership share of our Safari Books Online joint venture, and Safari is now a wholly owned subsidiary of O'Reilly Media, Inc.

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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.

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



undefinedCourtney 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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    - Code quality is important to everyone
    - Competent, respectful, and friendly colleagues
    - Strong culture that includes remote workers
    - Opportunity to participate in lots of interesting engineering discussions
    - 20% time to work on pretty much whatever you want
    - Good benefits
    - Colleagues are also good collaborators
    - Haven't had a sense of futility about my ideas like I've had in past jobs


    - Don't always know what's going on with other teams
    - Product can be driven by whims of marketing

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    I applied through a staffing agency. I interviewed at O'Reilly Media (Sebastopol, CA) in April 2017.


    I had a video chat interview with Emma that went very well! She was very thorough and kind all at the same time! Very positive feeling! Thank you again Emma!

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O'Reilly Media Awards & Accolades

  • Best Places to Work, North Bay Business Journal, 2015
  • Best Places to Work, North Bay Business Journal, 2014
  • Jolt Awards: The Best Books, Dr. Dobbs, 2013
  • Supporter of the year, Sebastopol Entrepreneurs Project, 2013
  • Business of the Year, Sebastopol Chamber of Commerce, 2011
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