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"Shadow Councils Abound"

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

I worked at GitHub full-time (More than 3 years)

Pros

The perks; food, snacks, massages, gym, top-shelf alcohol, cigarette breaks, remote first culture, work if you want, vacation at-will.

You can rise from a IP attorney with no business experience to Chief Legal Officer to Chief Administrative Officer to Chief Business Officer in the span of 3 years.

Cons

CEO: Wanstrath is essentially an awkward teenager who lucked into co-founding an incredibly viral product but he has had to do essentially zero since 2008, other than running all the best folks and co-founders out of the company. Wanstrath has never had a higher level job than a line engineer at CNET. The typical brogrammer from the midwest Silicon Valley success story. But behind his auspicious "40-under-40" award lies an incredibly insecure boy who makes decisions in the wee hours of the night with fellow members of his shadow council. His erratic decision making should be a concern to any employee contemplating this shiny unicorn, decisions agreed upon during office hours are 360'ed overnight by Wanstrath. The question is what is causing this very odd behavior.

Massive transition at the top, Wanstrath turns on his lieutenants quickly, he is loyal to a handful of "yes" people and anyone who would dare question anything is summarily terminated. Employees live in a culture of fear but the pay is at the 95th percentile and folks just accept the sadly deteriorating culture.

Product: virtually no innovation on this front since inception, Kakul is merely a bureaucrat who blasted out of Wework and did nothing for Flickr. Another dismal hire that will not move the company forward.

Who else is running the show? scary indeed

Advice to Management

New Leadership ASAP.

The company's award winning legal team is most likely sending a slew of takedown notices to Glassdoor to remove this factual and what is my opinion of the shortcomings of the GitHub management team; "Its General Counsel was recently named 2015's top technology in-house counsel in the United States (GC Magazine; Legal 500) as well as the recipient of The Recorder's inaugural award for innovation in legal services. The company and its very talented staff would be better served if this team did not conduct a witchhunt but instead looked inside and its current shorcomings and make GitHub a great company vs. another flop, I have real doubts the current "executive" team is capable of leading.

Other Employee Reviews for GitHub

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    "Company with heart. Products that matter. Better decision making process than most companies."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at GitHub full-time

    Pros

    Incredibly autonomy
    Remote work
    Fantastic product and company mission
    Things you work on are used by millions
    Great benefits and pay
    Very strong long term prospects
    Leadership who cares about creating great things

    Cons

    Moving away from less management approach and hiring lots of people who are from more traditional businesses and are bringing that perspective. Sadly I think GitHub will become more like a traditional business as time goes by. However, still a fantastic group of people with smart employment policies.

    Advice to Management

    I wish the scaling that is occurring now would be more deliberate from the perspective of the changing culture. The culture is changing based on how fast we are hiring and I don't think much focus is placed on the unintentional change in culture.


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    "Sales"

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    Current Employee - Sales in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Sales in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at GitHub full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    GitHub has been an extremely open and transparent environment that promotes collaboration and encourages feedback. This is the most positive working enviornment I've experienced that enables employees to find the work-life balance that works for them and supports them.

    Cons

    I don't really have any big cons to mention - we're growing quickly and we're working together as a company to make sure that we maintain our culture and promote an inclusive and supportive place to work. Employees need to be able to adapt to change, work asychronously, and be able to work with constructive feedback.

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