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A wonderful learning experience

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Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Raleigh, NC
Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Raleigh, NC

Pros

Very open and you can learn a lot and work your way up if you are determined and hard working.

Cons

There can be a lot of bickering inside the company, especially between sales and support, but if you just ignore that and work hard it won't really affect you.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Stop relying on being an open source company to bring in people and using it as an excuse to not pay competitively. Red Hat is a great way to start a career in Open Source, but as soon as you are established look somewhere else to be paid what you are worth.

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  1.  

    Hard work but very rewarding...

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    Current Employee - Manager  in  Sarasota, FL
    Current Employee - Manager in Sarasota, FL

    Pros

    Great culture and very rewarding environment...

    Cons

    Achieving a good work/life balance is one of the hardest things about being at Red Hat...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Benefits are OK, but certainly not leading the industry...

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 6 people found this helpful  

    Good (but could be great) place to work.

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    Current Employee - Engineering Manager  in  Westford, MA
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Westford, MA

    Pros

    Red Hat's open source culture creates a climate where associates' opinions are heard and people are encouraged to participate in decision making. In general, the staff at Red Hat is extremely bright and competant. Red Hat's management is supportive and respectful and they encourage an excellent work-life balance.

    Cons

    Red Hat's compensation and benefits package is not competitive with other high tech companies (at least in the Boston area, which is where I work). Associates are expected to "work for less" to have the privlege of working for the open source leader. There are many open source advocates who are willing to work for less, but this attitude will deter many excellent potential staff members from considering Red Hat.

    Red Hat is also experiencing some growing pains with respect to processes and tools. Processes are extremely complex,. As we grow, these processes and tools will not scale. More streamlined processes need to be instituted to allow Red Hat to grow successfully. Thereis too much red tape and management approvals to be flexible and efficient.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Re-evaluate Red Hat's infrastructure and processes for growth. Red Hat must be more competitive and agile. There is too much management required to implement the complex processes which have evolved at Red Hat. The processes are so complicated that it takes several managers just to understand them and enforce them.

    Does RH truly want to follow the path of Digital Equipment Corp ? DEC is the birthplace of most of the management expertise and processes within engineering. Red Hat shoulld consider a more agile development process, and bring in some new ideas to help with this
    transition.

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