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Great place to work for Open Source advocates and open-minded people!

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

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

Pros

Company culture is awesome if you're an open source advocate. If you're not, it's still a great place to work as long as you keep an open mind. Work is pretty flexible, sometimes even leaving it up to take the initiative to work on valuable projects. Most people are really passionate about what they do, which makes for awesome work life. However, there is also a real balance with life, offering pretty good PTO.

Cons

There seems to be a decline in the importance of Open Source for some people, making it OK to adopt proprietary solutions when convenient. It's probably a side effect of a growing company, where a lot of the people coming in don't have the same vision and passion for Open Source.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Don't let profitability stomp on culture and values. The reason Red Hat is what it is is finding a good business model around supporting Open Source, and continuing to be a leader in the field. If Red Hat starts using proprietary tools internally, what does that say to the rest of the world?

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good Open Source Culture Based Company

    • 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 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
    Approves of CEO
  2. 9 people found this helpful  

    My worst career mistake

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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
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