Red Hat Reviews

Updated September 20, 2014
Updated September 20, 2014
307 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • It's open source baby (it's still now - subjected to change with the way of growth) (in 80 reviews)

  • Very nice and open culture/environment, lots of bonuses/benefits, flexible working hours, competitive salaries, opportunities to learn/develop/grow (in 12 reviews)


Cons
  • Product management wrestling increasing control over upstream open source projects (in 22 reviews)

  • There is need for work life balance in Red Hat (in 10 reviews)

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  1. 6 people found this helpful  

    My worst career mistake

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC

    I worked at Red Hat for less than a year

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Do not work for Red Hat IT.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Linux Systems Administrator  in  Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Linux Systems Administrator in Raleigh, NC

    I worked at Red Hat full-time for more than 3 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Replace all of the IT management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 5 people found this helpful  

    Looks better from the outside

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Red Hat full-time for more than a year

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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???

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 9 people found this helpful  

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

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    Former Employee - Billing Specialist  in  Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Billing Specialist in Raleigh, NC

    I worked at Red Hat as a contractor for more than a year

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 13 people found this helpful  

    Work environment is beyond toxic

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Red Hat full-time for more than a year

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 14 people found this helpful  

    Very clickish unprofessional and disappointing environment

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager  in  Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Raleigh, NC

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 12 people found this helpful  

    Political People - here's your place to shine

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC

    I worked at Red Hat full-time for more than 5 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good engineers, but worst managers ever.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Brisbane (Australia)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brisbane (Australia)

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

    Pros

    A few good engineers run the whole show; very focused senior managment & board of directors, but blind folded about acute toxic environment created by first line managers; NC office has a great management team, engineering and consulting teams and very welcoming work culture; Brand name;

    Cons

    It really depends on the geo and department you work with; NC - US is a awesome place; BNE engineering team is great aswell, support services is pathetic; Be cautious while signing job offer, ask about of hidden policies, extra work hours, weekend work in advance etc, which will never be reveilved initially or put in black and white, unofficial request's for additional work hours (although engineers put it a lot more hours); first line managers don't have any opensource back ground; No well defined processes in place; managers are good at blame game; forget work life balance; Managers are good with politics and telling blatent lies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you dont stop the cream from leaving, soon its going to be other distributions which will have your market share. Pick your first line managers is atmost care or promote the deserving ones internally.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Extremely unpleasant experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Account Manager  in  Farnborough, Hampshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Account Manager in Farnborough, Hampshire, South East England, England (UK)

    I worked at Red Hat full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    OpenSource Products, best in their class

    Cons

    Departments are self-contained clusters driven by incapable Managers; should any one of them in U.K. or Germany not like you, forget about carrier or making plans for the future, you are out!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make way for real Managers, go play golf or with your dolls

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Got to to be in the "in crowd" to do interesting work and get promotion, and watch your back

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer

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

    Pros

    Working remotely means you don't have to meet any of the "egos" personally.

    It is good to work for a company where everything is open source, from your desktop, mail client/developer tools, to the code you're developing or supporting. This makes a refreshing change from proprietary companies.

    Cons

    If you work remotely be prepared to get routinely passed over for everything, not in the office means you're effectively invisible.

    Much of the engineering work is just bug fixing, even principal developers seem to do little else. If you want the interesting development work, you have to do something to be noticed, and then be prepared to back stab your way through the queue of people for that coveted work. Then you'll invariably have to deal with the egos, and Red Hat has a lot of engineers with ego problems.

    Work-life balance can be frustrating. I often get to work past midnight. Not that you'll spend the entire time working, rather waiting for the baroque bureaucracy to complete.

    Personal growth: zero.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Red Hat used to be a great Engineering led company. It isn't now. Maybe look in the mirror and ask why.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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