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Updated 28 January, 2019
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Pros
  • "Easy to have work/life balance due to remote work policy and unlimited vacation" (in 8 reviews)

  • "Because of this, the company goes to a lot of effort to make remote work effective" (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. Featured Review

    Helpful (9)

    "Unrivaled Opportunity for Impact Paired with Amazing Flexibility"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analytics in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Analytics in San Francisco, CA (US)
    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


  2. Helpful (18)

    "Excellent company culture except for senior leadership in Engineering"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at GitHub full-time

    Pros

    Lots of smart people at the company that are humble, empathetic, and driven to ship great software.
    Many core developers of Ruby, Rails, and Git work here and engineers here know their stuff really well.
    Hubbers are vocal and speak up about issues they care about.
    Company cares about diversity and inclusion and puts tremendous effort into it.
    Good benefits.

    Cons

    Senior engineering management changes in the last year have resulted in micro-mangement, demoralizing of teams, disrespect for the work of engineers and being tone deaf to the acual problems that engineers raise. Engineering teams can spend more effort appeasing certain leaders and figuring out how to avoid interaction with them than on soliciting customer feedback.

    Advice to Management

    If you keep the new leadership you are going to lose your best talent. This is being toxic to the company culture. Coaching and constant feedback to HR has brought no results.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Best place I've ever worked"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Sales in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Trust, flexibility, great product, brand name, awesome leadership that has done this before. I really feel that these will be the best working years of my career. There's plenty of room for promotions if you hit your numbers and with Microsoft in the picture, I have no doubt their influence will accelerate our ability to succeed.

    Cons

    Just like any startup we learn by doing, so there are occasional ups and downs, but the growth mindset and comfort with mistakes is embraced at the highest levels of leadership.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on modelling the right behavior and as you bring in additional leaders, make sure they fit the mold of what you're working to build.


  4. "great"

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    Former Employee - Specialist in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Specialist in New York, NY (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    it was wonderful lots of fun

    Cons

    none is wrong with this placce

    Advice to Management

    nothing


  5. Helpful (3)

    "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


  6. Helpful (23)

    "A sinking ship"

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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

    Pros

    Remote friendly in theory. (it really depends on your team)
    Some of the smartest and most incredible people I've met. Unfortunately none of them were valued by leadership.

    Cons

    GitHub used to be a dream job. But the company is changing and with it leadership is showing it's true colors. This isn't a company that values diversity in any way other than name. Leadership is toxic and abusive, and no one in charge will actually discipline the people who need it. Women and POC have an incredibly high turn over rate, but the company still claims to value equality.

    Advice to Management

    Hire people who value people to lead people. Stop abusing and underpaying women. Start taking a good hard look at your company 'values' and see if you're actually meeting them.


  7. Helpful (6)

    "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.

  8. Helpful (8)

    "A unique company with unique opportunity"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA (US)
    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.


  9. Helpful (31)

    "Chaos and Incompetence Abound"

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    • Senior Management
    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?


  10. Helpful (4)

    "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!