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  1. Best company I've ever worked for

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant
    Current Employee - Consultant

    I have been working at Red Hat full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Management is truly open to ideas from all employees
    Company enables and encourages professional development
    Even in a company of nearly 7,000 employees, it's easy to stand out and make a name for yourself if you are motivated

    Cons

    Sometimes it feels as though the open source culture and values are not embraced/understood by all departments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing, but remember what got Red Hat to where it is today.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Excellent technology company, great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Account Manager
    Current Employee - Technical Account Manager

    I have been working at Red Hat full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Autonomy, transparency, teamwork, flexibility-all opensource ideals

    Cons

    It's a larger company now, but in some ways it is still run like a startup. It might be charming, but it's not a way to get things done.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3. A pretty good place to work..

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Solutions Architect in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Principal Solutions Architect in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Red Hat full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great remote ability.
    Largest OSS vendor on the planet.

    Cons

    Remote people are very disconnected at times.
    Sometimes a lot of inefficiencies creep into the software development process.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful

    Amazing company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Red Hat

    Pros

    Open source culture
    Management cares about the employees
    Plenty of opportunities to work on new and exciting projects
    Meritocratic culture so job titles are less important than great work and great ideas

    Cons

    Very fast growing company means there is a constant influx of new people that need to be taught the culture

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None. You guys rock.

    Recommends
  6. 4 people found this helpful

    Good experience overall, but it's changing. In a couple years, could be meh.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Westford, MA
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Westford, MA

    I have been working at Red Hat full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    - Chance to work different technologies
    - Change from one job to another is usually not a huge problem.
    - Good smart people to work with( but I suppose smart people are everywhere)
    - They don't skip on hardware. You get the tools to do the job.

    Cons

    - Biggest con is that it is rapidly loosing it's OSS atmosphere. The company has been full throttle hiring middle management from places like IBM, EMC, etc (rather than internal promotions) who are in turn making Red Hat policy and atmosphere like one of those bureaucratic companies. There have been some high profile exits due to this.
    - Stock plan is disappearing. They have done away with stock grants to new hires and instead of a fairly broad based granting process, it's now only a select few who obtain stock grants. This is completely different from 3-4 years ago.
    - Training can be a pro or con. Restriction in travel budgets have occurred more frequently than in the past.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember the OSS spirit. I realize you want to stuff your pockets with stock, but in doing so, you are destroying the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. Room for a lot of personal growth

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Red Hat

    Pros

    Personal growth, leadership, exposure to a large group of skill sets

    Cons

    Training curriculum for new hires

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. Technology is awesome, not much of a sales culture

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Solution Architect in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Solution Architect in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Red Hat full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Pay is above average. Lots of freedom in the job. Strong technical leadership. You make the job what it is. Lots of great recognition in the IT world.

    Cons

    Not a sales and product management culture. Very close to cathedral and bazaar (the book). Red Hat is the bazaar where Open Source software development is chaotic, lots of opinions and lots of teaming where it makes sense.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We need better marketing on all the great stuff that Red Hat has.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. Red Hat is the ish. Great interning program and great people.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Sales Development Representative in Raleigh, NC
    Current Intern - Sales Development Representative in Raleigh, NC

    I have been working at Red Hat as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    -People, People, People
    -Good pay for an intern
    -Awesome building Layout
    -Culture is great

    Cons

    -Changing environment can be a bit disruptive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep on doing your thang

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Great company, great people, some growing pains

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Red Hat full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The company still has a huge business opportunity ahead of it. There's a lot of freedom to innovate and work above your current role. The culture is very collaborative.

    Cons

    It's loosing some of it's open source start-up spirit. Ambiguity is prevalent, so make sure you can cope with developing your own career path, defining processes that don't existing, etc. The overall compensation is only average.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. Best Place to work.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - QA Engineer in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - QA Engineer in Raleigh, NC

    I have been working at Red Hat

    Pros

    Good work life balance.
    Flexible Work hour
    Well Planned execution
    Highly talented and helpful people.

    Cons

    I didn't see any specific stuffs to point out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing specifically.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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