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Updated December 14, 2014
Updated December 14, 2014
332 Reviews
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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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Fun place to work, but there is too much favoritism.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Westford, MA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Westford, MA

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

    Pros

    Its a fun and challenging place to work. Opportunities abound.

    Cons

    If you or your management aren't within senior managements "inner circle" or "favorites list" its hard to influence and make a difference.

    You may say that is typical corporate life. You would be right. BUT at Red Hat claims to be different based on the open source idea of "meritocracy: an elite group of people whose progress is based on ability and talent rather than on class privilege or wealth."

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Live what you claim you live. Don't promote managers because you like them. This causes people who are great individual contributors to be promoted as managers, and those people aren't always great managers. Promote people because they are capable and intelligent leaders.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great place

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

    I have been working at Red Hat

    Pros

    Work Environment is really great

    Cons

    Pay Scale really needs to catch up to industry

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Good culture, growing company

    • 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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good culture, decent benefits, young but growing company

    Cons

    Not much mobility in finance department

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 6 people found this helpful  

    The dream vs. The reality...

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Territory Account Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Territory Account Manager in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Fast paced, friendly, cutting-edge technology, exceptional space for company growth, competitive pay and benefits, the ability to offer your technology customers valuable options.

    Cons

    Kludgy processes lead to a rudderless feel. Countless, mis-matched internal tools create a massive time suck. Internal policies are poorly communicated. Management promotions appear to be based on seniority and/or nepotism vs. qualifications. Managers are rewarded for instituting/perpetuating a status-quo culture- despite a company mission directly counter to such behavior. Too many 'what the heck does that job title mean' jobs being created, indicating mission creep/ turf growth...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior management: Engage more frequently with line staff. Quarterly platitudes are a poor substitute for keeping your finger on the pulse of the business. Dip your heads into the business- sales specifically, and identify which managers are driving business 'The Red Hat Way' and which are treading water in an effort to hold onto an unmerited income while making management decisions often contrary to the company's best interests.

    On paper, Red Hat is an ideal company. In reality, the dream is subverted by self-serving actors. The only way for the company to overcome this weakness is for senior management to fully engage in the business and hold middle management accountable. Haha;). Current executive compensation being what it is- the party line is "keep smiling and don't change a thing" which could even remotely interrupt the gravy train...

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Red Hat

    Pros

    employee friendly and good work life balance

    Cons

    I don't think there are any cons...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    improve the transfer facility

  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Business Development

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Biz Development in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Biz Development in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Great culture on the west coast and NE. Southern office a little "old school"

    Cons

    Not a lot of women in high positions. Old Boys Network. No ESPP

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    It's an everyday challenge, but I always get to learn new things. I love being part of the commitment to open source.

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

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

    Pros

    As a consultant, you receive decent quarterly bonuses, great stock grants, and your cell phone bill is reimbursed. You can take Red Hat training courses and certification exams for free if you can get a break from your normal job duties to take them. You get to work at a lot of different places, work with really smart and experienced people, and learn new things constantly. I never feel under-challenged.

    Cons

    The salary could be better, but it's offset with bonuses and perks. As a consultant, you may have to travel a lot, but this is something I personally enjoy. While you learn new things every day, it can also make you feel like a newbie every time you go on a new project because there is always endless new things to learn. You get placed in some very high pressure situations which can be stressful at times. Promotions can be rather difficult unless you are an absolute rockstar.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better annual increases in salary would make consultants feel like they are worth the effort they are putting into their projects. It seems like managers will give all manner of perks and spot-bonuses before giving a single penny in salary increase. The bar for promotions keeps moving so that it feels nearly unattainable.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Open Source is a culture

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Red Hat is a great place to work if you love open source. Most decisions are made based on transparency, openness and how it will impact the community. It is 'in their blood'.

    Cons

    While transparency is the goal of the company, there are fiefdoms that are about building their kingdoms and not working together. This can be discouraging and what played a role in me leaving.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    company culture

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

    I have been working at Red Hat

    Pros

    great technology
    culture encourages you to find your own path

    Cons

    A person needs to be able to thrive with frequent change -not necessarily a bad thing...

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    An inspiring place to work while contributing to the common good

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

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

    Pros

    Red Hat has a winning business model that is built on open source software so you'll get to contribute to the community and the company at the same time. This growing company has employees around the world (including lots of remote folks). Rewards and opportunity are ripe for those willing to work hard.

    Cons

    Just like any company at this stage of growth, Red Hat is experiencing some growing pains. Fortunately, the open culture places decision making in the open and employees are encouraged to weigh in on important issues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work. The strategy is solid and it's working with customers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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