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If you want to work with open source operating systems, there's only one for-profit public company that's successful.

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Former Employee - Consulting Manager in Raleigh, NC
Former Employee - Consulting Manager in Raleigh, NC

I worked at Red Hat

Pros

You get to see open source software work in real companies doing real business. If you work on or like open source software, this is one of the very few pure OSS companies that makes a dime. A small dime, but a dime at that. They balance their for money product with the stand-on-principals-at-the-expense-of-functionality Fedora.

Cons

Too far away from the Valley. In order to make money, Red Hat only pays attention to customers with fat wallets. Because of this, Fedora doesn't have the passion within the community that it should, despite being a great operating system. Ubuntu is more popular than Fedora not because Ubuntu is a better GNU/Linux operating system, but rather because Ubuntu help stronger community ties.

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Stop ignoring the desktop and the small-medium businesses. The Fortune 2000 has deep wallets. But if you really want to grow, you will need to take more risks outside of the easy money (the investment banks that give Red Hat most of their money).

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    Good job if you're given responsibility and real work from the get-go.

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Westford, MA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Westford, MA

    I worked at Red Hat

    Pros

    One of the best Tech companies period. Lots to learn, amazing people to learn from. A few times I was looking to find out who wrote something, figuring it they were halfway around the world, when they were two or three cubicles away. Some of the brightest minds in the Open Source world are sitting next to you and always willing to help.

    Cons

    If you're not doing development, it's kind of boring. Kind of really, really boring. It quickly turns from a fun, laid back place, into a desert of cubicles where you're trying to fight to stay awake until 5pm.

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    None, I never really had any opinion of them.

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    Great technology but be aware senior management more like a family business

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    Former Employee - Sales in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Sales in Raleigh, NC

    I worked at Red Hat

    Pros

    To be part of the Open Source movement and doing some genuinely innovative things rather than just donkey work at an old time employer like Microsoft.

    Cons

    Many of the senior management are close friends or relatives meaning nepotism is rife at this 2000 person company, with an over representation of NC "mafia." Old CEO had vision, was the last of the old guard to cash in chips and leave. Now the CEO's some guy from Delta who'll help cut costs, lay off folks and generally lift share price at the expense of everything else.

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    Promote and hire based on merit, not being someone's brother in law, a loser buddy of the VP or just some slacker from whatever school in NC whose buddies promised to help ace the training.

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