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Updated December 5, 2018
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Pros
  • "Easy to have work/life balance due to remote work policy and unlimited vacation" (in 8 reviews)

  • "Remote work culture is refreshing" (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • "Most roles don't have a 2-5 year plan -- meaning, there is no clear path for career growth" (in 3 reviews)

  • "Employees live in a culture of fear but the pay is at the 95th percentile and folks just accept the sadly deteriorating culture" (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Bright outlook"

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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 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -Amazing benefits and flexibility
    -Super promising new CEO
    -Generally all very nice co-workers to interact and work with
    -Customer-centric approach and new management being added

    Cons

    Still have some processes that need to be worked out, growing challenges


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Amazing benefits, respectful and inclusive culture. Overall a great place to work."

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

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

    Pros

    The ability to work remotely, unlimited vacation, good pay, excellent healthcare benefits, 401K matching, learning and development stipend. I work in a fantastic team with kind, hard-working and easy-going people. Since I am a remote employee, I log in every day thinking about how lucky I am to have joined such a great company where people treat me with respect and where I do not have to commute. Sure, there are times when there's confusion, not clear direction and ambiguity, or other times when the company has sold their product to companies or to government agencies that seem to oppose company values, but this happens in all companies. In spite of those things, which I consider a few bumps in the road, I find that the company has an amazing culture and that they spend a lot of effort in trying to keep the culture open, friendly, respectful and inclusive. Sure, things have changed, and maybe 2 years ago, the culture was better than now, but even so, this is much better than so many other companies that have strict hierarchies, bully and toxic cutures, or that give you barely 10 days of time off. I feel happy and valued at GitHub and it has improved my quality of life ten-fold from my previous job. I feel that many people at GitHub do not realize how good it is at GitHub and they focus on the few negative areas that can be improved, and do not realize that other companies are so much worse. My personal experience has been great and all in all it's one of the best companies to work for, and I have already been lucky to work for 2 other amazing companies.

    Cons

    I am very concerned that this is too good to stay this way, and my biggest concern is about the GitHub acquisition. Other cons are that there is ambiguity and constant change. Also, lately we have more restrictions about much we can spend on the phones we use for work or laptops get now replaced less often. This makes me feel that will be even tighter once we are under Microsoft.

    Advice to Management

    Improve communication. Sometimes, several months go by before we have a company all-hands meeting. Concerned about the company being acquired by Microsoft.

  3. Helpful (6)

    "A unique company with unique opportunity"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    GitHub has evolved considerably over the past year. From solidifying its vision, to exponentially expanding its B2B market presence, to an eventual acquisition by Microsoft. With regards to growth potential, the future has never been brighter.

    My experience at GitHub has been overwhelmingly positive, and the growth opportunities are abundant. With excellent leadership, numerous development opportunities, and a top-of-the-line benefits package, I can confidently say that I love my job.

    Cons

    The vast majority of complaints relate to growing pains and management changes.

    Although none of these have impacted me directly, it is important to note that this is a major turning point in the company’s history.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on listening to your employees. Their opinions are more valuable than that of any consultant.


  4. Helpful (19)

    "Chaos and Incompetence Abound"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at GitHub full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The benefits are outstanding the the pay is decent. There is a full bar at HQ if you are really into drinking.

    You don't have to use your real name. Everyone uses monikers like the 1995 movie, Hackers. You can even change your title to "Nasty Woman" before an election and that's HR approved.

    Cons

    The management lackluster and direction is constantly changing. Re-orgs occur quarterly due to the lack of experience and direction of leadership. At this point it's just rearranging the deck chairs of the Titanic. Anyone who has worked for a grown-up company will not be able to stand the immaturity.

    The positive reviews here don't surprise me. The majority of the company is young and lacks any experience. So to those people, a full bar and free lunch is a dream job. But the real story is one of paying lip service to volunteering and diversity. Organizing large volunteer efforts only to put in 30 minutes before leaving to go and spend several thousand dollars on a five star restaurant. But it's all okay because we selected a city to visit that is "diverse". Yes, that's their idea of diversity. Help out for 30 minutes in a poor community and then make sure you have a good time at your restaurant & bar only the top 1% of the population can afford.

    Advice to Management

    What management?


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Great Company"

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

    I worked at GitHub full-time

    Pros

    This company really tried to treat their employees as best as possible. There was the old saying of optimize for happiness which I feel like they really strived to achieve. I wish them all of the best in their acquisition by Microsoft.

    Cons

    Can't think of any complaints that are present at the company that are not the usual development areas of any company.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work!


  6. Helpful (10)

    "Poor Management."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at GitHub full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, culture and perks. (the best in the industry)
    One of the best places I got to work for when it comes to their awesome remote policy.
    Overall, the employees thrive on support, and encouragement to perform your best work everyday.

    Cons

    There is no little to none leadership when it comes to expectations and goals set company wide.

    The recruiting team is an absolute mess. No expectations, POLITICS, FAVORITISM, and of course no set goals when it comes to employee growth.

    No set processes followed or implemented, consistent fire drills and no change.

    Advice to Management

    Politics and favoritism will lead to an absolute failure for team growth and culture.
    Management needs to follow what they sell to candidates.

    Poor and micro management being implemented in the team, neglected by seniors, will cause people to leave or feel burnt out. Change it.


  7. Helpful (27)

    "Rapidly Deteriorating"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Remote, OR
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Remote, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at GitHub full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Good benefits
    -Unlimited PTO
    -Max out HSA
    - work life balance

    Cons

    Ever since the CEO stepped down, the company feels to me like its heading south. Many of the teams are floating on their own without managers/directors or any form of leadership. They put in product managers who have ZERO vision to be in charge of managing important features of Github. From being fairly transparent, they have started a "hush-hush" culture where you don't know where and how decisions are being made.

    This is not at all a good time to join GitHub. They hire and they fire very quickly if you don't fit into their culture of all-talk and get no real work done. Politics is heavily rewarded. Honesty and speaking your mind is frowned upon.

    Advice to Management

    Its time to take a closer look at the so called values that Github claims to stand for.

  8. Helpful (25)

    "Toxic Leadership And Culture"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at GitHub full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Remote friendly work culture. A very expensive SF office space to work in for those who work in SF.

    Cons

    There is no leadership to speak of. From the Executives to middle management there is no experience and no direction. GitHub went from a "no managers" environment to promoting managers from within who lack management experience and training. This has led to a highly political, cliquey culture that favors "friends" and punishes those "outside of the circle".

    Chris Wanstrath's commitment to "Diversity & Exclusion" has led to hiring practices where managers say, "we're not hiring any more white males" or "we're not hiring that transgender person because they used to be a white male" or yet, "we're not interested in that black man. We really want to hire a woman for this role". All true statements personally heard. It has gotten to the point of reviewing the candidates Linkedin profile photo to see if they are a "good fit" for an interview. Wrong race? Wrong gender? Cancel the interview.

    There is no accountability and no ramifications to any of these actions. It's widely accepted and expected. This practice is so well known and runs so deep that very manager and director is complacent in this practice.

    Interview feedback is routinely deleted if it's not favorable for a "diversity hire". Didn't pass the technical interview? We'll delete that and give you an easier one so that a sub-par engineer can be hired. This has lead to the rapid decline of the engineering talent.

    Advice to Management

    Now that Microsoft has announced the deal to acquire GitHub they need to come in and clean house. Terminate all leadership that was promoted from within and all Executive staff. They have no experience to lead let alone be employed.

    The best thing for Microsoft would be to take the IP and rebuild the company with experienced leaders. GitHub is a more toxic and hostile culture than Uber. Except minus the revenue.


  9. Helpful (18)

    "Used to be great but going downhill, constant leadership changes without CEO"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at GitHub full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Remote work environment offers flexibility. Office perks and HQ is top notch. Github product is still the de facto standard for developers and this helps when looking for your next job

    Cons

    It's hard to run the company effectively without a CEO and with leadership team that is constantly changing. Politics is rewarded over doing great work and everyone is only looking out for themselves as a result. Some of the best people I've worked with have left the company because of the toxic culture.

    Advice to Management

    Find someone to run this like a real company instead of running it down. Provide more transparency and accountability. Be present and plan ahead.


  10. Helpful (9)

    "Unrivaled Opportunity for Impact Paired with Amazing Flexibility"

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    Current Employee - Analytics in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Analytics in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - You can quickly get into a position to impact how coders collaborate around the world
    - GitHub's culture is very understanding that different people work best in different situations, and oftentimes have family obligations
    - A rapidly growing company where there is still the opportunity to move up (unlike at Google / Facebook)

    Cons

    - Having an ongoing CEO search always give a cloud of ambiguity, but it seems like there is some good movement on that front
    - Whenever an organization undergoes culture change, there are bound to be people who prefer the old culture

    Advice to Management

    Double down on the CEO search (some people are getting antsy), and think about how you could use your core product in new business areas