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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)

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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. Helpful (3)

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    • 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 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Stable. financially. Job security much better than average. Nice culture, but culture becoming less important. Good benefits, but no stock compensation and few "soft" benefits.. Technical direction excellent. Trade off between job security and lower pay. Great CEO and former CFO.

    Cons

    Not a sales-oriented culture. More engineering-focus. Comp for Sales is typically lower than average. Cost cuts everywhere. Great CEO. Lack of turnover of mid-management, atypical of many tech companies. Sort of inbred, primarily for old stack grants and incentives and so on. Limits freash approaches. Little consideration for outside/competitive input and adaptability. Inability to attract top Sales talent. Onboarding process is brutally poor.Top Sales leadership is uninspiring. Would not recommend Red Hat to other salesperson, without more emphasis on Sales, comp, etc.

    Advice to Management

    - Know the competition, and become more sales-oriented/focused - Openness to new ideas from Sales. - Improve sales processes to execute transactions - Upgrade/Improve Sales Leadership


  2. Helpful (1)

    principal engineer

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    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    A large part of the staff is remote. For the most part, the company doesn't have the Yahoo approach. Remotees are fine. Good work environment. Fairly easy to get promoted to mid level ranks. Many on-site perks but those will vary at each site and don't exist for remotees. Usually no problem getting decent hardware, multiple monitors, etc for work. Can have flexible hours.

    Cons

    No stock purchase plan. While variable pay seems better than most companies, total compensation under par with competitors. Once Red Hat falters (and it will eventually), variable pay ( bonuses) will shrink. RSU's are now very limited. Receiving the max that upper management would let me for my job category/rank, my recent grant was 1/3 of my previous grant. First level managers are generally inexperienced and untrained. Mid level managers are people hired from other companies like IBM, EMC, etc. Because of this, the culture has changed and continues to change for the worse. Currently the company is experiencing cost cutting akin to what you would see at IBM. For such a small company, the CEO is wildly overpayed. Seems more of a trophy rather than someone who is was brought in to make things happen. The board doesn't give the CEO aggressive goals but instead things a VP might have for a goal, such as "roll out RHEL 7". The opensource nature of the technology means the technology drives itself in the market. Unfortunately middle management and above are skimming a huge percentage of these gains to the detriment of shareholders and the rank and file. Training is great if you are at a site, but nonexistent if you are remote. Promotion paths beyond a mid level rank don't exist. Transparency is dwindling. Often conversations are started between management and employees over topics that would affect employees. You would think this is transparency. However, this is management going through the motions because they already know what actions they intend to take. There is no more transparency between rank and file and managers than any other company. The company has the same political problems like other companies. Work/life balance is more work than life and it's expected. You'll see people working 12 hour days into the evenings and showing up on IRC on Saturdays and Sundays.

    Advice to Management

    Five years ago, I would rank the company with 4 or 5 stars. I'll rank it 3 (2.5 if it was an option) now because it's just another company.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Great well intentioned company

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Solution Architect in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Solution Architect in Mountain View, CA

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

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

    Pros

    I love Red Hat. I feel like I'm part of something bigger than just a job. The people and goals are great to work with and as I am in sales, to me it is easy to stand up and say "I'm from Red Hat" Red Hat gives alot of young eager people jobs so they are a small and dynamic in a good way. The folks that are in mid management are by and large people who "grew up" in Red Hat.

    Cons

    They have a tendency to stumble on supportive tasks for sales enablement, they are despite their best intentions a very HQ centered east coast company and have a hard time being in a west coast market. Other downsides is they have real issues getting their sales strategies lined up with tactical activities outside of the east coast. They have trouble getting their incentive plans and payouts right and really really really need to figure this stuff out if they want to stem turnover issues.

    Advice to Management

    1) Fix the Raleigh centricity problem. 2) Get incentive plans right. 3) Align tactical plans with sales strategy. 4) Get incentive plans right ;)


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  5. 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.


  6. Helpful (11)

    Decent company, but you won't get rich or move up quickly

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in Raleigh, NC

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

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good career cache if you're on the tech side, but not so much if you're on the business side. Good benefits. Semi-flexible working environment. If you love Linux, you've come to the right place. Nice fedoras.

    Cons

    CEO does a decent job running the company but is largely unseen as compared to other companies I've worked with. With few exceptions senior leadership is sorely lacking. There are VERY few (any?) that I'd categorize as motivational leaders that inspire great work. Mostly they are all managers of their own fiefdoms, fighting for their own interests at the expense of the larger picture. Also - they rarely turn over. Mediocrity is allowed to fester. Therefore there is little natural churn of positions leaving little advancement opportunity. If you've got 20 years, great, but there is no apparent fast track to build your career in 2-year incrementally escalating roles. They just don't open very often.

    Advice to Management

    The amount of collective time and effort that is spent on internal, inter-business unit issues is staggering. If even half of that energy could be turned outward toward the customer, we'd be 3x the size we are now. Yes, it's cool to work for Red Hat, but find leadership that's going to inspire and motivate people to be better tomorrow than they are today. How about a career development path that moves leaders around between business units? Staying myopic helps no one see the bigger picture and only reinforces the fiefdoms.


  7. Helpful (7)

    great technologies! so-so management!

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    Red Hat is one of the best known brands in the world and the projects and technologies are cutting edge. You get to work with some of the smartest people on some very interesting problems. There are lot of opportunities to grow. Pretty good work life balance. Great products and experience at Red Hat has great value on resume.

    Cons

    Open source is great, but sometimes look outside the box for the best solution, not just cheap. Not every open source solution is good. The travel budget is a joke. They ask employees to share rooms when going to conferences. I mean seriously? You think we're teenagers to bunk with buddies? Hard to believe such a successful company has such cheap attitude. The benefits are pretty basic. 401k match is very low and no ESPP.

    Advice to Management

    Employees work hard, treat them with respect they deserve. Don't cheap out on taking care of them when they are traveling on business to grow and promote the company. Improve the benefits, you are no longer a small company. Stop acting like one.


  8. Helpful (4)

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

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nice people, opportunity are there to explore. Lots of young talent right. Open to new ideas on occasion. Good on site perks.

    Cons

    Low focus on processes and scaling to be larger. Although global, mindset is not. Compensation is lower than market so they need to level the population to keep associates in the near future.

    Advice to Management

    Meritocracy does not equal who is in the inner circle.


  9. Helpful (5)

    Not what I expected...

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant
    Former Employee - Consultant

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

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Challenging. If you thrive, you stand to learn and grow much. - Awesome name on resume - Very smart co-workers

    Cons

    - Compensation. The amount of work being done, with the level that it is accomplished at, leaves the compensation below industry. - Travel - Work life balance. - At times, felt like staff augmentation. - Some frustrating coworkers. Culture of complete transparency can lead to lots of pedantic debates.

    Advice to Management

    - Reach out to consultants not working in Red Hat offices.


  10. Helpful (13)

    Lots of growth, lots of promise, lots of dysfunction

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager

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

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

    Pros

    Incredible scope to seize opportunities, grow with new and emerging projects. Open source is amazing. A lot of the people are great, super smart and committed. I had an amazing tenure here, but got out when the politics started getting to me.

    Cons

    Company is full of turds: underqualified hacks who have been with the company for over 10 years and promoted way above their capabilities, and recent refugees from big companies like Microsoft, Oracle, EMC who Red Hat thought they needed to legitimize themselves as they grew bigger but are just a bunch of dead weight. Political infighting like you wouldn't believe. If you can avoid the land mines, the toxic people, and the zombie projects you can get things done, but it's not the company it was three years ago.

    Advice to Management

    Time for a reorg. Do a 360 review to find the people to get rid of. CEO should get out of his office every once in a while to see what is going on in the company


  11. Helpful (3)

    Great but you have to buy in, and Support/GSS is not easy

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Technical Support Engineer in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Associate Technical Support Engineer in Raleigh, NC

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

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

    Pros

    They make an effort to keep you comfortable. The benefits are good.

    Cons

    Pay in support/GSS is 30k less than anywhere else comparable. This is too large a gap. Support is way to stressful and evolving to not get stressed out.

    Advice to Management

    In this case, Support/GSS, just pay better. That makes a lot of the other crap easier to take.



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