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Updated 31 Oct 2019

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4.0
68%
Recommend to a Friend
93%
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GitHub CEO Nat Friedman (no image)
Nat Friedman
10 Ratings
Pros
  • "Remote work culture is refreshing(in 8 reviews)

  • "Easy to have work/life balance due to remote work policy and unlimited vacation(in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • "Nothing much, Unable to adjust work life balance due to workloads(in 3 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (6)

    "Great place to work with lots of opportunity."

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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at GitHub full-time for 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.

    GitHub2017-10-04
  2. "Lots of favoritism"

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    Current Employee - Support 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at GitHub full-time

    Pros

    For pros I would say you can work remotely

    Cons

    GitHub is overrated, no career opportunities, lots of favoritism

    GitHub2019-10-31
  3. Helpful (3)

    "A pretty good company to work for"

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

    I have been working at GitHub full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great remote culture, a lot (but a lot) of great and smart people still around even after IPO, very good benefits (5month parental leave), decent learning budget, tooling and hardware at your choice. New CEO appears to be the real deal.

    Cons

    Still a US SF company (lots of politics) but nothing out of the ordinary. Some departments just don't work no matter how many (different) people you throw at it.

    Advice to Management

    Manage less.

    GitHub2019-05-06
  4. Helpful (10)

    "Very grateful for my time here"

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

    I worked at GitHub full-time for 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.

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    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.

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    GitHub2017-05-04
  5. "Senior Software Engineer"

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

    I have been working at GitHub full-time

    Pros

    Good work environment , challenging work

    Cons

    Nothing much, Unable to adjust work life balance due to workloads

    GitHub2019-10-14
  6. "Great ride"

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    Current Employee - Video Editor/Producer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at GitHub full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    People I met and grew with

    Cons

    Introduction of managers upon the sunsetting of a flat org

    GitHub2019-10-08
  7. "Open source projects"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at GitHub part-time

    Pros

    good place to share codes

    Cons

    I didn't find any one

    GitHub2019-09-13
  8. Helpful (13)

    "Some days were great. Others sucked away your soul."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Director in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at GitHub full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    -Benefits are good. -Remote work can be good. -Company is strong. -Microsoft helping GitHub to mature. -Microsoft channel is huge for enterprise sales.

    Cons

    - Clicks. Build the right relationships or your career will be limited. While this is true everywhere I've worked, it was more noticeable in certain pockets. - Poor management in some areas. CMO is desperately needed. - Rotating door in some departments. When everyone is underperforming, maybe it's time to replace the leadership. - Claim to support fail-fast, fail-small mentality, but will punish people for it... at reviews. - Their 360 review process is implemented poorly. I've seen several people be hurt by feedback that the subject never received nor could respond to. - Remote work success depends on management. New CEO is in the office and rewards "tap on the shoulder" availability. - They are trying to shift to being decision-oriented, but in practice, decisions are made much higher in the organization than they should.

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    Advice to Management

    - Practice what you preach about making decisions. - Give people the benefit of the doubt and an opportunity to try, fail, and learn. - Be careful about rewarding proximity in a remote-oriented environment.

    GitHub2019-08-21
  9. "pros"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at GitHub part-time

    Pros

    Very useful to learn new things

    Cons

    Nothing cons in this github

    Advice to Management

    Learn to use github efficiently

    GitHub2019-08-22
  10. "Good Place"

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    Current Employee - EBR 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at GitHub full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great Place to grow and learn i tech

    Cons

    Management is sometimes micromanagy and unorganized

    GitHub2019-08-06
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