Red Hat
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Red Hat President & CEO Jim Whitehurst

Jim Whitehurst

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    Good Open Source Culture Based Company

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Pros- Great work/life balance.
    - Ability to contribute to open source projects.
    - Has the welfare of its customers in mind.

    Cons* Company has grown beyond its initial roots. It has crossed $1B in revenue last year. Now revenue trumps culture. Company can get short sighted.
    * Either Engineering calls the shots or management calls the shots. There is a clear divide between management and engineers. No intermingling.

    Advice to Senior Management- Promote people often.
    - Have a yard stick for management particularly product management.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Dallas, TX

    ProsVery good environment to learn new technologies and be a part of a company who sets the bar for technology.

    ConsThere are a lot of conflicting egos. But, that is pervasive in any high-tech company.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the good work!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great, fast-growing company

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsPlenty of opportunities for growth if you're willing to work hard. Definitely a meritocracy. The people are great and are willing to work together to accomplish a goal.

    ConsThe company is growing fast, and finding it difficult to balance the agility of a small company, with the presence and reputation as a large company. Sometime difficult to accomplish goals because there are so many concurrent projects ongoing, it's not always obvious the priorities between them.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Wasn't as open-source as I'd expect, but I was not working in development. No stock, decent compensation.

    Sales Analyst (Current Employee)
    Raleigh, NC

    ProsTolerant of sexual orientation / race, Decent Compensation, the developers have a great open-source culture, frequent free food, free soda and snacks every day. Team had pretty good cohesion and occasionally shared a potluck or a team-building half-day out of the office.

    ConsI was in the sales/analysts part of the company, and Red Hat's sales organization has a less open-source culture than previous jobs where I worked close to developers. I worked medium-long hours, and especially long hours around quarter ends, which diluted my hourly wage to "not worth it". I used Windows/Excel/PowerPoint, and our team did things the way you do them at all US / multinational mega-corps. I felt there were too many layers of management between me and the customer, and that it would take forever to rise through at least 3 of the 6 layers of the corporation's management (just like a pyramid scheme) to get good compensation. The days of stock options ended sometime between 2012-2013 for the bottom-level developers/analysts. I think even first-level managers still can get stock options, but the chance for real wealth has past. Most of these cons apply to most corporate jobs. I improved my Excel skills to even higher levels. I didn't learn or improve other valuable skills that I can make money with, so personal growth was limited. I was praised for my effort and results, but never rewarded with more money, more time, or better work. I discovered my marginal earnings / hour were better managing my personal investments and fulfilling orders and improving the efficiency of my own little business during lunch, so I quit after 1 year. My managers said they were sad when I announced I wanted to leave, but didn't offer anything more to keep me. I think actions speak louder than words, and Red Hat's actions said it only valued me as a $28/hr (pre-tax) / $21/hr (post-tax) Excel and salesforce.com jockey. Red Hat offered no way of improving me into a higher-value role, so I left. I now make $35/hr on my lowest-value tasks, and can work as little or as much as I want, when I want, and still make enough to live where I like, and do anything I want all day, every day.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLet the sales/analysts be part of Red Hat's open-source culture. My manager was questioned by his manager when I responded to one of the Red Hat company-wide lists about why I choose a High-Deductible Health Plan (HDHP). His attitude was, "why is (s)he writing this 2 or 3 paragraph email about HDHP, (s)he should be working!" This response shocked me, because Red Hat is supposedly about everyone contributing and having their opinions heard.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Prosgood place to work at

    Consnot much negative to say

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    Overall great experience!

    Enterprise Account Executive (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat work/life balance. The company has gone through a lot of growing pains, but still cares about the employees and culture. Still maintains the open source culture, which is not buttoned up and much more relaxed. Very collaborative environment, you build very good friendships here. Not micromanaged.

    ConsFinance and engineering run company still. Also very political. Promotions are not always given on merit, but instead on who your friend is.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDo not change compensation plans in the middle of the year. It is very discouraging to employees.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Freedom, Flexibility and Meritocracy

    Project Manager (Current Employee)
    Raleigh, NC

    ProsThe great thing about Red Hat is that you in general are given the freedom to do what you want to do. While demand is high, if you have a passion in a certain area, management is open to you taking your role in that direction. Also depending on the role, there is a lot of flexibility to work from home/flex hours. If you like working for a company that allows associates to be vocal and passionate, this is the place for you!

    ConsWith this kind of culture, often people are left to figure things out without too much guidance. Some thrive in this environment, while others sink. Also pay is not nearly competitive enough.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWork harder to keep top talent - if you ignore them too long they will eventually leave for better respect/pay.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Place

    Field Sales (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat people
    Great cultue
    Great compensation

    Consas a sales rep you want to see the company to be more sales orientated.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Amazing Company ! great peer group, intelligent engineers .. If you love open source, this is the place to be !

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsRed Hat is working on some of the coolest stuff going on in open source like openStack. N if you are an OS guy RHEL is always the place to be. Very visionary senior management. I had the opportunity to listen to some of jim whitehurst talks, and I was convinced that he will take this company to places. very flexible work environment, overall a good place to be.

    ConsNot based on my personal experience, but from what I have heard, they are not a very good pay master.
    Red hat has a lot of workforce who works remotely, Now it does give a lot of flexibility to people who are looking for that kind of option, it sometime takes away the fun of working in person. This can sometimes make your life at red hat a bit secluded. Mentorship is hard to find in remote working model. Like all big companies it will boil down to which team you are working for, and who is your manager.

    RHEL is by far red hat most renowned product, and they are still not at par in other verticals, when it comes to their competitors. They are still trying to make a niche in their other business areas.

    Advice to Senior ManagementInvest more into technical workforce. They are the core of your company.
    Mentor your people.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Excellent company to work for and learn latest technologies

    Consultant (Current Employee)

    ProsPosition allows a lot of new technologies to learn
    Dynamic team with highly proficient skills and experts in the field

    ConsProject dependent
    Depending on promotion, raise varies

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to focus on promoting people as needed

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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