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Updated 4 October, 2017
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  1. Helpful (16)

    "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.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work with lots of opportunity."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Sales in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great environment working with a cutting edge project and a fast developing industry. People are really engaged and supportive. Lots of lovely perks with lots of opportunity to move and grow in career.

    Cons

    They don't always get everything right but it is because its a company playing catch up as it moves from a start up mentality into a more mature approach. The back office is catching up slowly and this may be irritating for employees looking for everything to be de facto standard of a large office. It's not. You have to sometimes fend for yourself.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing. Listen to your employees, continue to communicate with them on the direction of the business. Don't be fixated on what you think the path to growth is - listen to other opinions.


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Great people, with great minds"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Support in Durham, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Support in Durham, NC (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - The ability to learn more at my own pace
    - Sharing knowledge
    - Getting to know a global team
    - The ability to share my opinion
    - Participation in other teams
    - Traveling
    - Great Insurance
    - Great Perks

    Cons

    Some teams experience more pushback than others, just like anywhere else. There is always going to be someone who insists on doing things "their way". This isn't GH's fault, it is just who these people are and these people need to be guided, or taught a more objective perspective, if not possible then this obviously isn't their ideal environment.

    Advice to Management

    - Stay with your current form of D&I, and continue to practice empathy amongst leadership and ALL teams.
    - The weekly one-on-one manager meetings are overkill. We're all adults here. Can't we do monthly, or quarterly instead?
    - More encouragement for engineers to work together.
    - Help employees understand what inclusion means, and make sure everyone is feeling included.
    - If there is someone who is pushing or causing ripples with no valid reason, they need guidance.


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  5. Helpful (7)

    "Very grateful for my time here"

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

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

    Pros

    A chaotic few years, where the company saw lots of growth and teething problems, but overall a unique, intense, and positive experience. The lessons I’ve learned working here, the people I’ve met, and the memories I’ll take away—are some of the most valuable things I’ve had the opportunity to experience.

    Cons

    Kind of like Animal Farm, in company form…? Convoluted internal politics and history, heavily skewed against empowering remote employees to have influence on decisions or visibility into context. Lots of backchannel communication. Zero clarity for career progression and upward (or sideways) mobility. Poor feedback systems (both positive and critical), with very little meaningful action resulting from feedback processes. Many managers with poor people skills, and/or unmotivated to be good managers. No consistent management philosophy. Management is explicitly and actively discouraging community involvement.

    Advice to Management

    Identify frustrated high performers before they turn bitter (such a shame to see this happen to so many incredibly talented people I knew). Train managers better. Identify managers who are simply coasting, and give people who want to be managers because they care about people a chance. Listen to remote employees more (especially those who are non-US too). Help all employees understand GitHub’s management philosophy (if there is one?), so managers who don’t embody it can improve or be replaced.

    But the most important thing? Double-down on the community, or risk being disrupted. It is bat-shit crazy to see GitHub management actively discouraging motivated, long-serving employees from contributing to the community in form of conference talks/booth duty. Having people who work on the product interface directly with the community will be key.

    GitHub Response

    8 May, 2017 – People Operations Team

    We genuinely appreciate these details surrounding our company feedback process. Over the last year, we have made improving our feedback process a primary focus and we will continue to make it a focus... More


  6. "Building a cause is hard work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at GitHub full-time

    Pros

    Great product, people on a mission

    Cons

    Hyper growth is difficult to navigate


  7. Helpful (18)

    "A company of extremes"

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

    I have been working at GitHub full-time

    Pros

    - Commitment to a long-term, community-first strategy
      - Consistently turns down short term revenue in favor of doing what is right for GitHub's developer community
    - Smartest people I've ever worked with
    - Quality of work is valued above the scope of work delivered, which results in shipping fewer, better features/projects
    - This is one of the most important companies in the world in terms of its ability to make a positive impact
    - Builders and creators are recognized and valued as they should be

    Cons

    - It can be scary and confusing for people who don't understand that GitHub's history of operating as a meritocracy has created a sort of authority hierarchy distinct from the org-chart. Does the opinion of your boss or department head matter? Depending on where you sit in the company the answer might be "no" which means it can be scary not knowing whether or not you're doing a good job as evaluated by the people who actually matter within the company.
    - Internal communication could be better.
    - There are some inexperienced members of the executive team, and it is understaffed.
    - Lots of big, siloed decisions get made without any transparency by a select few people with direct access to @defukt (CEO).
    - If you're not in the "in-crowd" it will seem like the most political company you've ever worked for.
    - Sometimes it feels like it is safer to do nothing than do something and have it ripped to shreds due to not meeting subjectively applied quality standards.
    - Impostor syndrome is an epidemic at GitHub... people are often paralyzed by fear resulting in slow shipping.

    Advice to Management

    - The org chart is moving closer and closer to being an accurate reflection of the real power structures at the company...keep it up!
    - Make everyone demonstrate their competence before putting them in a position of authority.
    - Increase the frequency of executive communications to the rest of the company to weekly.
    - The sales department feels like an island. Either embrace them and encourage collaboration between sales and the rest of the company, or go back to the original account management model more in line with the rest of the company's values.
    - If GitHub values people other than developers, designers, and lawyers...maybe promote someone who isn't a developer, designer, or lawyer? There are many directors in the Sales department that would be VPs in any other company.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "I'll never work in another company after GitHub"

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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 GitHub full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    It's an amazing place to work with lots of opportunity to make an impact and grow. Freedom to define projects and try new things.

    Cons

    Every company has it's difficulties, but the good far outweighs the bad at GitHub.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Alright company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at GitHub full-time

    Pros

    Good product and decent culture

    Cons

    Large company and issues with management


  10. Helpful (9)

    "A great Place to learn"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at GitHub full-time

    Pros

    GitHub is a great place to come and explore what it looks means to be apart of something special. There are a ton of great people here who are passionate about what they do. GitHub is more than generous with pay, benefits, flexibility, work/life balance, and they really do care about employee happiness and well being. They have a social impact team that is basically dedicated to saving the world -- which is amazing.

    Cons

    There are a few bad apples that make the experience less than ideal -- but that's been the case at nearly every company I've been to.
    If you're not in engineering or the technical side of the house, you're nearly a second class citizen. Engineering doesn't have enough structure, code base is a little outdated on some projects, and their is no clear product vision. Nevertheless, when engineering does put out a new feature or product it's actually an A+ ship.

    Sales is a catch 22. Really strong team members, not enough good managers. Marketing is in the same position as sales.

    Most roles don't have a 2-5 year plan -- meaning, there is no clear path for career growth.

    Advice to Management

    Put out a strong product roadmap and a company vision that we can all rally behind. Also, hire a CTO and CMO that are visionaries. This company is too good to hire average people.


  11. Helpful (7)

    "Wonderful company working on amazing mission"

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

    I have been working at GitHub (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I have never been happier since joining GitHub as a Product Designer. I have had the opportunity to grow the way I want to, work on interesting problems, and balance my work with my life. I have never felt like a company takes such great care of me until GitHub.

    I have been able to grow skills in product design as well as engineering workflow here. Product cycle is deeply rooted in the workflows of designers and engineers, the way it should be. Vision is alive and transparent. Easy to have work/life balance due to remote work policy and unlimited vacation. Extra mega perk in 2 conferences per year, expenses covered. Also encourages involvement in social impact and self education, which is huge for me.

    Cons

    Due to large size of organization, may be difficult to gain your footing and learn how to be a GitHubber in the first weeks and months. But have no fear, everyone understands this and is very open to question and I have never lacked support.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing, pushing for forward change, pushing for transparency.

    GitHub Response

    22 Nov, 2016 – People Operations Team

    Thrilled to hear that you are happy with a few of the many benefits we offer here at GitHub. Our Product Design team is great and we hope things only continue to get better for you in this new role... More


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