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Red Hat Reviews in Raleigh-Durham, NC

Updated November 29, 2014
Updated November 29, 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great people, interesting and challenging work and fun environment

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

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

    Pros

    I have never been bored! As the company has grown and evolved I have seen many challenges. But, everyone has always been willing to roll up their sleeves to help make improvements.

    Cons

    I honestly cannot contribute to highlighting any cons. That would imply that I have no power over the things that bother me. I have a voice for change at Red Hat.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to stay connected and remain focused on what matters to customers, partners and employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

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

    Pros

    Nice people, opportunity are there to explore. Lots of young talent right. Open to new ideas on occasion. Good on site perks.

    Cons

    Low focus on processes and scaling to be larger. Although global, mindset is not. Compensation is lower than market so they need to level the population to keep associates in the near future.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Meritocracy does not equal who is in the inner circle.

    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Internship program

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Intern in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Marketing Intern in Raleigh, NC

    I worked at Red Hat as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Excellent work culture, great place to learn, very smart and down - to -earth employees.

    Cons

    I can't think of any

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

    Full of opportunities - both technical and leadership

    • 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 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexible work environment, fantastic attitude amongst most of the employees, excellent corporate leadership including CEO, CFO, and CIO

    Cons

    On occasion, like most companies, there is a bit of politics going on. Not near as bad as many companies I have been at though.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Best work environment I've ever seen

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

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

    Pros

    People are passionate, committed, and capable. "Dead Weight" is rare on a team. Most teams are flexible and allow you to maintain an excellent work/life balance.

    Cons

    - While the technology used is often new and interesting, the problems being solved tend to be dry and uninteresting.
    - Development teams have little input about customer requirements/needs
    - There is a large gap of missing information from people in the field versus those designing/building products.
    - Some teams become process heavy and seem to over complicate the work they are doing.
    - Red Hatters tend to be a different sort of people, they are more vocal on what they like/dislike on mailing lists with several sounding "whiny" at times.
    - Company is growing and losing the 'startup' feel

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Development teams are often building products with little to no input about the desired customers needs/wants. Product Management (if it is even available) is not gathering enough information from customers and passing it to developers. End result is developers are guessing at details of features without having a good understanding of the customer. It would be helpful if there were ways to increase interactions with those in the field (support/solutions architects/consultants) with the engineering teams. In my experience the teams operate as separate silos with minimal interaction.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    The best place to work

    Current Employee - Program Manager in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Raleigh, NC

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

    Pros

    Outstanding office culture, very positive atmosphere. Senior leadership and middle management are open and transparent. Very collaborative work ethic. Managers and coworkers are eager to do what it takes to get the job done. Mostly well defined career paths. Excellent PTO policies as well.

    Cons

    No major ones and nothing that wouldn't be experienced at other companies. Even the minor cons, like some of the tools we use to do our job aren't the best in the industry, are really minor and could be much worse in other companies.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great but you have to buy in, and Support/GSS is not easy

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Technical Support Engineer in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Associate Technical Support Engineer in Raleigh, NC

    I worked at Red Hat full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    They make an effort to keep you comfortable. The benefits are good.

    Cons

    Pay in support/GSS is 30k less than anywhere else comparable. This is too large a gap.
    Support is way to stressful and evolving to not get stressed out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In this case, Support/GSS, just pay better. That makes a lot of the other crap easier to take.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    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?

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 10 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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