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Updated December 15, 2014
Updated December 15, 2014
332 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Fun place to work, but there is too much favoritism.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Westford, MA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Westford, MA

    I have been working at Red Hat full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Its a fun and challenging place to work. Opportunities abound.

    Cons

    If you or your management aren't within senior managements "inner circle" or "favorites list" its hard to influence and make a difference.

    You may say that is typical corporate life. You would be right. BUT at Red Hat claims to be different based on the open source idea of "meritocracy: an elite group of people whose progress is based on ability and talent rather than on class privilege or wealth."

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Live what you claim you live. Don't promote managers because you like them. This causes people who are great individual contributors to be promoted as managers, and those people aren't always great managers. Promote people because they are capable and intelligent leaders.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great place

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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

    Pros

    Work Environment is really great

    Cons

    Pay Scale really needs to catch up to industry

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great people, interesting and challenging work and fun environment

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    • 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
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  5.  

    Internship program

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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
  6. 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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Awesome place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Red Hat as an intern

    Pros

    One of the best places I have worked at. The managers are very nice. There is no corporate bureaucracy.

    Cons

    Perks are low. All you get in the Raleigh office is a gym and some free food. No free lunches are anything of that sort.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Just started

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Very cool open-source company to work for. Culture is awesome! Manager is really awesome and understanding.

    Cons

    havent worked here long enought to contribute

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    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
  10.  

    Good

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Red Hat

    Pros

    employee friendly and good work life balance

    Cons

    I don't think there are any cons...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    improve the transfer facility

  11. 6 people found this helpful  

    The dream vs. The reality...

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Territory Account Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Territory Account Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Red Hat full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fast paced, friendly, cutting-edge technology, exceptional space for company growth, competitive pay and benefits, the ability to offer your technology customers valuable options.

    Cons

    Kludgy processes lead to a rudderless feel. Countless, mis-matched internal tools create a massive time suck. Internal policies are poorly communicated. Management promotions appear to be based on seniority and/or nepotism vs. qualifications. Managers are rewarded for instituting/perpetuating a status-quo culture- despite a company mission directly counter to such behavior. Too many 'what the heck does that job title mean' jobs being created, indicating mission creep/ turf growth...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior management: Engage more frequently with line staff. Quarterly platitudes are a poor substitute for keeping your finger on the pulse of the business. Dip your heads into the business- sales specifically, and identify which managers are driving business 'The Red Hat Way' and which are treading water in an effort to hold onto an unmerited income while making management decisions often contrary to the company's best interests.

    On paper, Red Hat is an ideal company. In reality, the dream is subverted by self-serving actors. The only way for the company to overcome this weakness is for senior management to fully engage in the business and hold middle management accountable. Haha;). Current executive compensation being what it is- the party line is "keep smiling and don't change a thing" which could even remotely interrupt the gravy train...

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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