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Updated December 15, 2014
Updated December 15, 2014
332 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 85 reviews)

  • employee friendly and good work life balance (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 11 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Meritocracy does not equal who is in the inner circle.

    No opinion of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Not what I expected...

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

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 7 people found this helpful  

    Lots of growth, lots of promise, lots of dysfunction

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

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 6 people found this helpful  

    Political

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

    I have been working at Red Hat full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits, hard working colleagues and autonomy

    Cons

    Politics. The company (at least back office functions) is full of back biting politics between and within departments. Everyone is afraid of losing power and fights for position. A lot of smoke and mirrors without much truth to employees or higher management. Many in leadership are checked out and are more concerned about positioning themselves outside of Red Hat instead of focusing on what needs to be done within their departments.

    Also, lip service is paid to growth and moving within the company but for many in back office functions, to move is almost impossible because managers will limit your mobility to not lose the headcount number.

    Collaboration, trust and transparency are buzzwords that are not lived out in practice at Red Hat.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean house in your second and third level "leaders". They are not being honest with you and are only interested in advancing personal agendas. They are playing a chess game with you and each other.

    Invest in your people - even those in cost center departments. Allow those with a vision to blossom instead of allowing them to be silenced in the interest of politics.

    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Interesting culture

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

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

    Pros

    Unique office and great cafe

    Cons

    Change is rapid not allowing for solid execution and leaves incomplete work in its wake. Too many things left unbaked and projects churn ineffectively. Culture isn't the best when grooming the company for efficient growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Specific to my department...eliminate micro managing and trust the talent you hired to do the work they know how to do.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Interesting

    Current Employee - Consultant in Bowie, MD
    Current Employee - Consultant in Bowie, MD

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

    Pros

    Great Technology and training. great resources

    Cons

    No loyalty or job security

  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Lots of opportunity to work on open source, poorly run internal projects and products.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Westford, MA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Westford, MA

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

    Pros

    Red Hat is committed to open source development and if you want to work in that environment and not have a company hassle you about participating in the open source community, Red Hat is good.

    Cons

    Very weak regional office representation. Weak brand identity in the software industry. Confusion among customers about what Red Hat does (Linux? JBoss? Something with Cloud?). Little to no recognition for significant project contributions. Low pay for the industry and very low raises. No guidance for career path and impossible internal mobility.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase investment in associates. Pay and benefits should be more competitive for the industry. Guidance and plans should be in place for people wanting to grow their career. Internal mobility should be possible.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    depends on the department

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Red Hat

    Pros

    lots of sharp people to work with. fast paced environment where you learn on the fly.

    Cons

    doesn't seem to pay competitively in some departments such as global support services. Some departments are still nice to work for and will pay and treat people appropriately. Global support services however has taken the lower road. little freedom to do the right thing is given and micromanagement is a real problem. you will not even get close to your market value and the low pay is not worth staying in this kind of environment.

    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Red Hat Services

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

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

    Pros

    Diversity of work and exposure to open source products in many verticals. See how real customers struggle to integrate and implement what marketing and sales make seem "easy".

    Cons

    Consultant corporate culture more concerned with title, whining, and CYA. Probably one of the worse culture types where on the surface "one team", behind the scenes all risk management and blame gaming. In an environment where it's already difficult to deliver under optimal conditions you cannot trust your peers or managers here. No bueno.

    Oh yes, and the solutions are often not very well thought out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get out of the services and stick to sales and product development. In services you have to have excellent managers and team members that can form, storm, and norm without all the infighting. We don't have that. This is in addition to already having to suffer being a 100% road warrior for most people.

    Marketing hype aside, are these engagements really success stories or building a stellar reputation for RH?? Many are not and we all know it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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