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  • 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)

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  • 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. Discouraging

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Software Engineer in Raleigh, NC
    Current Contractor - Software Engineer in Raleigh, NC

    I have been working at Red Hat as a contractor (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Free snacks, great for learning IT and software, decent office space, cafeteria serves healthy food, good location if you live in downtown.

    Cons

    Contractors are not treated equally. Contractors do not have access to trainings that full-timers have at RHU. They wouldn't give contractors the book that CEO wrote without manager's request. They also want you to sign papers before taking the book. There are whole teams of contractors (12+ people) and not a single full-timer. They treat us like we are some kind of clone soldiers from Star Wars. We are in every bit replaceable and do not deserve training, work from home and other privileges that full-time associates get. As a result, poor performance and discouraged workers.
    Red Hat Tower elevators are a joke. If you are blind, you will not know when to get off as it does not announce when it stops unless it's the final stop.
    The so-called meritocracy is when the preferred aka the "right" people get promotions, and it has nothing to do with performance. Performance management and assessment is at a very poor level. There are no 360 reviews. Code reviews are used to evaluate developers' performance.
    Employees are not happy and have to fight for their rights. One of my co-workers had to leave the company because they wouldn't hire him full-time. I often times see upset people at the office. Some even complain in the elevator. Another coworker of mine is finishing his second year of service but he is still a contractor and does not have paid time off.
    The motto of the company that says "With great freedom comes great responsibility" is deceiving. They did not give me freedom but I got responsibilities. I cannot make any technical decision because senior developer took over my project even though I am a tech lead on the project. They would not let me just publish project source on GitHub publicly. I have to go through legal review and only if this project succeeds :)
    My boss told me once that best practices don't mean anything to him. Red Hat pretty much thinks they know it all. They won't listen or ask. They don't know what skip-levels are for, and they don't skip. I did not get a single question in skip-levels. I guess they really don't care.
    They also play recruiters. They can have negotiations about hiring the same person with multiple recruiters. I guess it's their way of driving costs down.

    Advice to Management

    Respect and nourish people. They are not machines that can be replaced. They require training for at least 3 months before they can reach decent performance. When contractors leave, you throw out 3 months of hard-work that you put in training them. Make them want to stay.


  2. Helpful (8)

    The truth about consulting

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Consultant in McLean, VA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    First of all It's important to remember that consulting and engineering are two very different places to work within Red Hat. Many of the positive reviews here are completely unrelated to consultants.

    Secondly, applying to be a consultant straight out of undergrad is a completely different beast than applying with previous consulting experience.

    -You get to learn a lot about corporate structure and different technology stacks by visiting multiple client sites
    -The consultants that last more than a year are actually really great people
    -You really do have the opportunity to climb the promotion ladder as high as you want
    -Everyone assumes Red Hat consulting has the same talent standards as Red Hat engineering so it looks fantastic on your resume
    -Management actually trusts their consultants immensely
    -You work closely with some of the worlds top infrastructure technologies
    -Red Hat certification exams are highly accessible and paid for

    Cons

    -The majority of our revenue comes from long-term staff augmentation contracts with huge corporations who can't hire their own talent
    -Most consultants (especially straight out of college) are sent on 1-3 years of staff augmentation jobs before they're considered ready to actually consult on short term engagements with interesting clients. You may be stuck at the same client site for up to two years.
    -You are a slave to the client. The severity varies widely between clients, but vacation time needs to be approved by the client, how you contribute to the team is determined by the client, and when you're expected to work late nights and weekends is determined by the client.
    -Revenue numbers rule all: As a billable entity, your needs are frequently swept under the rug so the money keeps coming in.
    -Contracts frequently mention that we are all 40hr/week employees which sounds great until you realize that just means we can't bill the client for all the overtime that is actually required but not talked about.
    -Training time is offered ...with no time to take it because you're billable (i.e. you can't take any vacation this quarter if you're going on a training)
    -Career advancement falls completely on the responsibility of the consultant to study outside the working hours of the client. If you only spend 40-50 hours a week on your career you will never get ahead.
    -You get a special "people manager" who is responsible for your career advancement, but chances are they will have no time for you. The position is overworked and a low priority to fix.
    -Because you're stuck on client site all week, if you ever want to interact with other Red Hat employees, you must do that on your own time.

    Advice to Management

    -Stop recruiters from flat out lying to college hires
    -Either move away from staff augmentation contracts or accept that you've largely become a body shop (read "The Nomadic Developer")
    -Honestly, hire less consultants from undergrad. It only increases your dependency on staff augmentation contracts
    -Make the people manager role meaningful
    -Offer significant training and certification time to consultants as they come on board
    -A mentoring program would help college hires IMMENSELY


  3. Helpful (13)

    My worst career mistake

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC

    I worked at Red Hat (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Brand name company - looks good on your resume; nice corporate office and amenities, especially for younger employees; free parking; training opportunities

    Cons

    Inexperienced managers of people; not always strategic in their actions; not open to new ideas; caste system from a structure standpoint

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to why people leave your company and take appropriate action - not every business leader should be leading people


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  5. Helpful (6)

    Do not work for Red Hat IT.

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Linux Systems Administrator in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Linux Systems Administrator in Raleigh, NC

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The company as a hole, has great people and some great goals. If you work in Engineering, fantastic place to work. People who believe in what they are doing and love it. When I first began working there, I really enjoyed it, but things really went down hill.

    Cons

    The IT department is full of incompetent people and people who are there due to nepotism. I really feel sad at having to say this, but the current CIO has really dragged the place down. They implemented ITIL and have generally preferred closed source solutions over ones that Red Hat itself sells. Just completely insane that they would put in place closed source solutions that specifically compete with Red Hat products.

    Advice to Management

    Replace all of the IT management.


  6. Helpful (5)

    Looks better from the outside

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

    I worked at Red Hat full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good compensation.
    Benefits are good.
    They invest in training people which is better than the industry norm.

    Cons

    Poor sales management.
    Lack of vision to grow company.
    It's a political albatross, make sure you kiss ass to management or there will be repercussions.
    RH looks for followers, not leaders. Sales management is the classic, 'Emperor wearing no clothes'....best to collect your (very well compensated) paycheck than try to make positive changes.
    Long term future is very dim once the maintenance renewals start slowing down.

    Advice to Management

    Pick a strategic direction and commit to it. The future looks bleak...how much more Unix is there to convert to Linux, and with Cloud, what is the strategy to drive revenue to $3B???


  7. Helpful (10)

    If you like being annoyed, this is the place for you

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Billing Specialist in Raleigh, NC
    Former Contractor - Billing Specialist in Raleigh, NC

    I worked at Red Hat as a contractor (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Nice campus. In the beginning, you feel like you are at a unique & forward thinking company. Within a few months, you see that this is a mirage

    Cons

    Poor pay & benefits, incompetent managers who boarder on being abusive, sales and billing departments doing duplicate work, very political.

    Advice to Management

    Train your people, especially management, to respect and to treat people with dignity.


  8. Helpful (14)

    Work environment is beyond toxic

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Red Hat full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    The company product and mission is solid (with the exception of the JBoss side of the company).

    Cons

    The products from the JBoss group are terrible as are the people who work there. I witnessed people screaming obscenities at each other in meetings, flaming each other over email in front of management and peers, and just general playground bully behavior that would result in termination at any other company. Oddly, the CEO recently discussed this culture in an article as if it were a positive. I can assure you that being insulted and degraded on a daily basis isn't cute, or clever, or tolerable. I and most of the people I on-boarded with lasted no more than a year.

    Advice to Management

    You really need to deal with the toxic work environment. There's a good reason your turn over is so extraordinarily high.


  9. Helpful (15)

    Very clickish unprofessional and disappointing environment

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Raleigh, NC

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It says a lot when the only Pro I can come up with is free snacks. The pay can be generous albeit short lived.

    Cons

    Management is able to go rouge. No polices in place to protect employees from a bad manager. Take "Right to Work State" too literally with no respect for employee well being. People tend to "disapper" not a positive work environment.

    Advice to Management

    Look at your attrition and retention. You are not the only game in town, be more respectfull of the talent.


  10. Helpful (14)

    Political People - here's your place to shine

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC

    I worked at Red Hat full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice swag
    Some fun and smart people
    Great concept - open source
    Nice new digs downtown

    Cons

    Political
    Old guards or "connected" rule
    Bad behavior seems to get many promoted
    Very spin focused culture lacking substance
    Open source behavior is not happening consistently
    Underpays significantly and does not pay more as they quadruple your work - no regular evaluations based on continued expansion of responsibilities (this may also happen while you watch the person next to you do nothing)
    Very difficult to attain work life balance - all depends on your manager - 90% are not supportive of this
    Fast paced to the point of chaos
    Too much shifting priorities/roles; job can end at any moment where someone makes up a new one for you or you disappear
    Many managers lack professionalism and basic collegial respect to peers and underlings
    High drama

    Advice to Management

    The truth of working here is well known despite "awards." You have forgotten that people's intellectual capital made you a success in the first place and it's what also takes you to the next level- not politics.


  11. Helpful (1)

    The "open source way" is just words

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

    I worked at Red Hat full-time

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

    Pros

    - It has great technology and positioning
    - It is a fun environment to work at the ground level
    - What is lack of becomes opportunities for you to try out new ideas.

    Cons

    - The management are just sales managers, inexperience.
    - Not all regions believe in the corporate vision
    - APAC has very weak leadership. The senior management do not have a vision or direction.
    - The leaders do not motivate people and a lot of time appears to be unfriendly.

    Advice to Management

    There is no need to always hire externally if you believe in your own people. No commitment or interest to develop or grow your own people shows lack of leadership skill.



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