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Updated February 15, 2019
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Pros
  • "Employees at all ends of the organization exhibit a great work-life balance, too" (in 9 reviews)

  • "Just about everyone can work from home, if needed/wanted" (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • "Upper management frequently undermine decisions made further down the chain" (in 7 reviews)

  • "Weak and uninspiring "yes-men" in senior management" (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Honored and proud to have O’Reilly Media on my resume"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Conference Sales in Remote, OR
    Former Employee - Conference Sales in Remote, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at O'Reilly Media full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    * Team and collaboration focused; real sense of value
    * Paid for performance
    * Voice was always heard and respected; open to new ideas to succeed
    * Always supported and respected by direct management
    * Given numerous opportunities to excel and thrive

    Cons

    The overall company and incredibly smart and professional people made it very difficult to move on.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to change the world of innovation by investing in your incredible technology conferences and the power and people behind them! Thank you for the amazing and career-changing opportunity to work at O’Reilly (a brand to be reckoned with). Best of luck for continued great success!


  2. "Account Exec review"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at O'Reilly Media full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great product and future development

    Cons

    None - apart from internation support could increase

    Advice to Management

    none

  3. Helpful (1)

    "High turnover and highly toxic"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at O'Reilly Media full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits and parental leave coverage.

    Cons

    The executive team creates a culture of distrust and disempowerment that travels down the management chain.

    Managers frequently undermine their reports in an effort to keep up with all the shifting, highly reactive initiatives thrown at them.

    Very little investment is made in important divisions that are core to the business, and yet more is asked of those same groups each year in terms of output. Somehow management shirks accountability for these issues year after year.

    The culture of the company has done a nosedive. Building strong culture has taken a backseat to constant reorgs and revolving door hiring.

    Diversity and inclusion efforts are highly touted but incredibly hollow.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Beware of this company, particularly if you are in sales"

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    Former Employee - Account Executive
    Former Employee - Account Executive
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at O'Reilly Media full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good benefits, work remotely, some kind and smart people, most of whom part of the old culture

    Cons

    High turnover at this company in many departments, but particularly in sales. This company does not issue formal warnings or deliver performance improvement plans (PIPS) like most companies, you will simply attend your normal 1:1 video meeting with your manager and HR will be in attendance without warning to cut you without severance pay or anything. This happened to me and many other former colleagues, all of whom were quite bitter with this treatment. The O'Reilly culture that Tim built is changing and sales is overrun by ex-ORCL executives who have layered themselved in and deliver inbound leads to their own hires at the expense of others, regardless of territory, to create the illusion that these reps are somehow performing better. There is little training and the product lacks a compelling reason to buy it

    Advice to Management

    Treat people like humans and take a look in the mirror and realize that cycling through countless sales reps is not your issue.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "A good short term job"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The health benefits are great

    Cons

    Most likely you will stay idle in the same position , taking on more and more work with little to no wage growth or Recognition

    Advice to Management

    It’s the “ little” people in the company that are actually doing the work to keep clients


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Interesting work, interesting people"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at O'Reilly Media full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits package and flexible hours/work-from-home
    Plenty of room for advancement within the company
    Leadership has aggressive vision for transforming and growing company, and has shown in recent years that they are capable of executing on that vision
    Opportunities to collaborate with thought leaders in a number of industries
    Conference business provides access to folks underrepresented in tech
    Generous sick time (technically I guess you could say it's "unlimited") and parental leave

    Cons

    Compared to other major publishers and/or tech companies in Boston, pay is a little lower
    Kind of unfortunate that a learning company doesn't offer any options for reimbursement of continued education costs

    Advice to Management

    The core platform business at O'Reilly is strong, but we should try to implement multimedia features and ADA-compliant production processes to stay ahead of the competition going forward.
    Seems like it'd be beneficial to diversify a bit more


  7. Helpful (14)

    "A culture of fear and intimidation."

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    Former Employee - Principal Systems Engineer in Sebastopol, CA
    Former Employee - Principal Systems Engineer in Sebastopol, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay, excellent benefits.
    Awesome co-workers.
    Access to conferences and the Safari platform.

    Cons

    Leadership leads by fear and intimidation.

    Open discussions are quickly shut down by leadership.

    Most communication happens in private chats hidden from leadership for fear of retribution.

    Problems arise, but no one talks about them publicly for fear of being blamed, which leads to product being delivered late or broken to market.

    Employees create work-flows explicitly to CYA, routing tickets through various groups to get approval, thus spreading the blame and the risk, and deliberately slowing development.

    Most middle management is too afraid of execs to show initiative, and instead adopt a wait-and-see policy; requiring sign-off from exec before taking any action.

    Projects stall because of poor planning by leadership, and then become fires where everyone has to scramble to save the ship.

    "Visionary" executives are hired, but their vision is quickly stifled by the O'Reilly culture, they leave after only a few months, and direct contributors are left wondering what happened.

    I felt bullied and intimidated by several members of the exec team.

    Advice to Management

    Learn from successful leaders, great leaders aren't out there bullying people into submission.

    All your problems stem from the culture of fear and intimidation that you have created.

    Have an attitude of kindness, care, concern, compassion... vs cracking down on dissent.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent company."

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

    I have been working at O'Reilly Media full-time

    Pros

    High quality through and through: technical excellence, strong positive values, commitment to customer experience, long-range thinking.

    Cons

    Not many I can think of.


  9. Helpful (22)

    "Torn"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at O'Reilly Media full-time

    Pros

    Tim O'Reilly is a genuinely awesome human being and a legend, the benefits are stellar and the work life balance is amazing.

    Cons

    I disagree with all the review that say that O'Reilly does not have a plan or direction. It clearly has a plan and is terrible at executing it. The CEO clings to an out dated fantasy of what the company is while the competition is killing us. We bring in key executives who are bright, ambitious and full of genuinely great ideas. Our CEO then comes up with ways of pushing them out and thwarting the changes that need to be made at every turn. It's really a pity that we are not able to evoke real change. Everyone knows what the barrier is but no one can do a thing about it.

    Advice to Management

    Please, step down you are killing this company and we will slowly die if the changes that need to be made are ignored. We can not bury our heads in the sand and rely on content as our primary selling feature.


  10. Helpful (18)

    "The reviews for Safari Books on glassdoor were so bad ORM removed the whole company."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager Corp IT in Sebastopol, CA
    Former Employee - Manager Corp IT in Sebastopol, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at O'Reilly Media full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    ORM is the foremost publisher of technical errata for OSS technologies. Being an employee gives you unfettered access to their library.

    Conferences are pretty awesome and well executed.

    The working staff are smart.

    Cons

    ORM has a dishonest and functionally self absorbed executive culture that values the status quo above all else. The CEO and CTO are functionally bullies and actively create a culture of fear. In order to succeed at the executive layer in this company, you must be ready to do what you are told and keep you mouth shut.

    ORM routinely engages in political stacking and has regular purges. These usually occur in the spring time and they tend to fire people who are not in complete alignment with senior exec staff, or who do not conform to the corporate normative mean.

    They also routinely landfill valuable technical manuals that they publish rather than provide them to nonprofits or schools, an industry-typical practice that illuminates the real values operating the company.

    This company is doomed to a long slow death as its brightest and best are continuously ejected from the company, leaving unimaginative and self-involved leadership managing a workforce that is constantly in fear of losing their jobs.

    My advice, take a pass and go work for a competitor.

    Advice to Management

    Retire.