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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. Helpful (8)

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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.

  2. Helpful (4)

    great technologies! so-so management!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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.

  3. Helpful (2)

    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.

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  5. Helpful (4)

    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)

    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.

  6. Helpful (3)

    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 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.

  7. Helpful (10)

    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)

    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

  8. Helpful (7)

    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

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  9. Helpful (1)

    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 a year)

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

    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 Management

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

  10. Interesting

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

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

    Pros

    Great Technology and training. great resources

    Cons

    No loyalty or job security

  11. Helpful (4)

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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)

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

    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 Management

    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.


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