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Good Open Source Culture Based Company

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

I have been working at Red Hat full-time (more than 8 years)

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 ManagementAdvice

- Promote people often.
- Have a yard stick for management particularly product management.

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
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  1. 10 people found this helpful  

    My worst career mistake

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC

    I worked at Red Hat (less than an year)

    Pros

    Brand name company - looks good on your resume; nice corporate office and amenities, especially for younger employees; free parking; training opportunities

    Cons

    Inexperienced managers of people; not always strategic in their actions; not open to new ideas; caste system from a structure standpoint

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to why people leave your company and take appropriate action - not every business leader should be leading people

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 6 people found this helpful  

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Approves of CEO
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