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Pros
  • Red Hat is a great place to work if you love open source (in 85 reviews)

  • Most teams are flexible and allow you to maintain an excellent work/life balance (in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • Management needs to be innovative, More time for Open Source to folks in there (in 22 reviews)

  • Work-life balance can be frustrating (in 11 reviews)

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  1. Proving Open Source Works

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Architect in Westford, MA
    Current Employee - Software Architect in Westford, MA

    I have been working at Red Hat (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Red Hat is very progressive, there is ample room for advancement and an enormous number of interesting projects to work on.

    Cons

    Separating work and home life can be very difficult, particularly with a global staff connected by the internet at all times.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing. It works quite well!


  2. Helpful (1)

    Opportunity, opportunity, opportunity!

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Red Hat

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    On the early side of your career, Red Hat offers many opportunities to grow your career quickly. I've grown my skills and earning power more in the last few years at Red Hat than I have in 8 years at other companies. Management stays out of everyone's way for the most part, I see little evidence of micromanaging on the engineering side of the business. My career has also grown readily at Red Hat, and I have the opportunity to move between business units and departments to grow my career. You're free to share your opinions, and participate in projects that you can bring value to. You're not limited to only those projects that fall strictly in your own job description.

    Cons

    It's somewhat common for some people to feel the need to "participate" in projects where they're not necessarily contributing value to show their "worth" to the organization. This is part of the culture, and is generally unavoidable. Given the open decision framework Red Hat employs, this slows down decision making some times, and can derail projects. However, I'd take this over strict siloing any day. It's possible to overcome this through skilled influencing and
    Pay seems less than comparable companies, but I think there are benefits that outweigh it. Remote employees can feel isolated at times.

    Advice to Management

    Treat remote employees better, continue to empower employees to go beyond their own silos and collaborate across teams!


  3. Project Manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Red Hat full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company to work for as long as you're willing to work hard. This is a true meritocracy, and if you work hard, you can make a real and lasting impact.

    Cons

    Everyone is so engaged, and it's a worldwide company, so it's easy to work at all hours of the day.


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  5. Great place to work!

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    Current Employee - Solutions Architect
    Current Employee - Solutions Architect

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Quickly growing company, lots of room for advancement and a great culture!

    Cons

    The quick growth sometimes leads to resource challenges, but nothing that can't be overcome.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Walking the walk!

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Platform Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Platform Consultant in Washington, DC

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very open, welcoming, supportive. When the collective supports (or rejects) an idea, action is taken based on the popular opinion - what Red Hat refers to as meritocracy (the best idea wins).

    Cons

    Sometimes overwhelming as there are so many options and possibilities to focus on.


  7. Adept in many aspects of Information Technology, specialization in Middleware, Database, Operating System, Virt.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Field Sales Representative in Tysons Corner, VA
    Current Employee - Field Sales Representative in Tysons Corner, VA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Red Hat is the world's most trusted open source provider and has consistently ranked first for value in enterprise software in the CIO Insight Magazine Vendor Value study. Red Hat offers enterprise customers a long-term plan for building infrastructures on the quality and innovation of open source by combining the leading open source operating system platform, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, together with virtualization and cloud capabilities, the JBoss Enterprise Middleware Suite, management tools, training, and professional services.

    Cons

    Needs to mature its current portfolio of products and make them more enterprise ready. Although they are the largest Open Source company in the world, they are still needing to mature their core products.

    Advice to Management

    Highly driven, performance-focused leader with 10+ years of progressive experience with Fortune 500 companies as well as Government/Higher Education Accounts. Track record of exceeding revenue quotas and the skills to drive business growth, capitalize on new revenue potential, expand opportunity within existing client base, and negotiate high level high revenue transactions


  8. Good Place to Grow

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Red Hat (More than 3 years)

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    As much responsibility as you can handle as soon as you can handle it.

    Cons

    Not a whole lot to say.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Program Manager

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Red Hat full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Collaboration, opportunities to be creative. If you are top talent, management is very flexible on your work life balance, meaning leave early for appts, finish work at home.

    Cons

    Too much collaboration on simple decisions which can slow down the process. Managers not always aligned on goals.

    Advice to Management

    Utilize peoples best skills. Halo effect happens alot, give it to Joe because he is good at X. Give Joe what he does best not a gap you have.


  10. Awesome company and culture!

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Raleigh, NC

    I have been working at Red Hat full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great culture, meritocracy, smart and passionate employees

    Cons

    Not enough accountability at times


  11. Helpful (3)

    Was initially optimistic, but RH is not upholding values they espouse

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Red Hat full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Benefits seem to be in line with companies of similar size in the industry, e.g. (401k match up to 6%), reasonable employee contributions for medical/dental/vision
    - Good amount of PTO for new associates; however, you are required to use a few PTO days during the company-wide holiday shutdown, and you do not receive any separate sick days, floating days or bereavement days
    - Good brand equity on a resume for future employment opportunities

    Cons

    - Claim culturual values of the company are 'meritocracy' and 'transparency.' However, I do not think this extends to the sales org. Many incompetent people have been promoted based on favoritism and internal politics. Yes, this happens everywhere, but other companies don't claim to have a transparent meritocracy. If RH is going to be like every other company, then don't claim you do one thing and not enforce it by your actions. Actions always speak louder than words.
    - Along with the above, the org sometimes feels a little incestuous for a publicly traded company. They have a lot of RH lifers that are now upper managers and execs that have been promoted WAY beyond their actual ability level solely because they've been with the company a long time. They are now simply coasting in their cushy roles and not motivating subordinates or implementing positive changes...they are content with the status quo so as not to interrupt their gravy trains!
    - Red Hat as a company, and especially sales, is very male dominated. Yes, this is true in technology, but it's especially evident at Red Hat. For example, there are very few women in the channel sales org and field/inside sales. How have they not been hit with a gender discrimination lawsuit? I have been on sales calls where it's more of a "frat house" type mentality, with profanity flying and no regard for professionalism, which made me uncomfortable and alienated.
    - Culture of secrecy, gossip & backstabbing is common in sales. For example, I don't know what my 1st line manager and "director" actually DO. Again, it seems they are just on a gravy train surfing the internet all day and flying around trying to "look" busy, but it's all a facade. I have never once been asked how I'm doing or what I think could be improved. It's very much a "we don't want to know and don't need your feedback" type scenario, because providing reasonable feedback would require work on management's part to actually address and make a change, which they've made clear through their actions and promotions they have no desire to do. The people who are promoted are the "yes men" types who say everything is great to management, even if they have complained about it in gossip with coworkers.
    - Lots of 'low rent' hires recently. Seems with Red Hat's growth, they are lowering their standards for the sales org and hiring anyone off the street in certain geos. I don't know if this is a talent acquisition team problem, but I've noticed management has an attidue of "that person will do" when the attitude should be "is that person going to be a rockstar in this role & an asset to red hat?" As a result, several chronically lazy people (to the point where it's laughable) have been hired and will probably be coasting in their current role indefinitely since there are often no repercussions for bad behavior.
    - Compensation is starting to lack. The execs are making out like bandits, but unless you have the right manager to advocate for you, do not expect raises beyond 3-5% (sometimes waiting for an 18 month cycle or longer). This can be frustrating if you are trying to be evaluated on a more regular cadence or are underpaid for your experience solely because you have a manager who doesn't want to advocate for you.
    - Can be very difficult to partner with internal departments to close business - much more so than many tech companies. RH is very legal-driven instead of sales & customer-driven. This creates kind of an arrogant attitude that prevents business from getting closed unless the client meets RH's sometimes absurd demands, even down to basic things like info listed on a PO, order form etc that RH will hold up closing deals for. Red Hat is NOT HP some huge conglomerate, they need to take a customer-centric sales approach and create win-win situations to close business where the CUSTOMER is first. Without the customer, where would the business be? This can be frustrating to navigate for folks coming from companies with more pro-sales mentalities and fully baked systems in place.
    - Too many disparate internal systems for sales org. The way they roll systems out, it's like you are working for a 20 person company based out of a Silicon Valley house. Half the stuff they roll out is broken and glitchy, then you have to do extra work just to accomplish the same task that was working fine before. The rest of the time, they system they deploy doesn't have the functionality the prior system does, so you're forced to use something that actually makes it more challenging to do their job simply because some manager or analyst was trying to justify their own job.
    - Really cheap with company expenses. For example, we went on a trip and the manager had to literally send out 5-10 "reminders" about watching expenses, trying to get free food, etc. It came across as "we don't trust you to act like adults." They could have easily said, this is the per diem, don't exceed the per diem. Instead, it's like veiled reminders that you shouldn't spend any money (even though we are allotted the per diem), but they don't want to come out and say that directly. The ambiguity makes it stressful and makes it seem like you're not valued as an employee and part of the company, especially when other departments have more of a carte blance mindset.

    Advice to Management

    - stop the promotions based on politics, tenure & favoritism. truly reflect a 'meritocracy' based on the associate's specific achievements in their role
    - cut out and evaluate ineffective middle managers and bumps on a log who are just at RH collecting an exorbitant pay check. It's bad for morale and sets a really negative tone for high achievers
    - show associates in sales they are valued through more incentives, comp reviews for top performers, etc to retain good talent
    - have consequences for those not contributing
    - value feedback from associates and explain in a tangible way how that feedback is being put into practice as opposed to vague platitudes about "impleting this program" that no one knows or cares about
    - actively recruit & empower female associates in the sales org. enforce policies that prevent gender discrimination and ensure the workplace is that of a corporation and not animal house. it's not cool or macho to cuss every other word. It just makes you sound like an inarticulate child.



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