Red Hat Reviews

Updated October 18, 2014
Updated October 18, 2014
312 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 81 reviews)

  • Very nice and open culture/environment, lots of bonuses/benefits, flexible working hours, competitive salaries, opportunities to learn/develop/grow (in 13 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 10 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Full of opportunities - both technical and leadership

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    If you need specific experience, yes. Otherwise....

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Red Hat

    Pros

    Great team attitude. Portal is a really awesome. Projects they get are amazing resume builders.

    Cons

    Salary was a joke. They low balled me. Hours were insane. My project manager and program manager both quit the company without anyone telling me. I found out from my client.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get the professional portion of professional services right.

  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Business Development

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    Current Employee - Biz Development in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Biz Development in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Great culture on the west coast and NE. Southern office a little "old school"

    Cons

    Not a lot of women in high positions. Old Boys Network. No ESPP

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    It's an everyday challenge, but I always get to learn new things. I love being part of the commitment to open source.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant in Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Consultant in Richmond, VA

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

    Pros

    As a consultant, you receive decent quarterly bonuses, great stock grants, and your cell phone bill is reimbursed. You can take Red Hat training courses and certification exams for free if you can get a break from your normal job duties to take them. You get to work at a lot of different places, work with really smart and experienced people, and learn new things constantly. I never feel under-challenged.

    Cons

    The salary could be better, but it's offset with bonuses and perks. As a consultant, you may have to travel a lot, but this is something I personally enjoy. While you learn new things every day, it can also make you feel like a newbie every time you go on a new project because there is always endless new things to learn. You get placed in some very high pressure situations which can be stressful at times. Promotions can be rather difficult unless you are an absolute rockstar.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better annual increases in salary would make consultants feel like they are worth the effort they are putting into their projects. It seems like managers will give all manner of perks and spot-bonuses before giving a single penny in salary increase. The bar for promotions keeps moving so that it feels nearly unattainable.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Best work environment I've ever seen

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    • 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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work with fun environment and culture

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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 full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The people and environment are what make Red Hat a great place to work. The company is chock full of incredibly intelligent folks and the majority of them are always willing to lend a hand. Benefits are on par with other companies I've worked for. Your stay at Red Hat is really what you make of it. If you become complacent and are okay with doing the same thing every day, you might not stick around for long but striving to learn and do more is really how you'll thrive.

    Cons

    The company has been going through some growing pains the past few years. There has definitely been a shift from being the little guy leading a revolution to becoming yet another big company. The culture has suffered from it but compared to other places, it's not bad. You've got both sides of the spectrum now with die-hard FOSS folks on one side and employees who don't even fully understand how Red Hat makes money on the other with most people falling somewhere in between.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Relax and remember that the people behind the scenes are the ones you should be focused on keeping happy.

    Recommends
    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.  

    company culture

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Red Hat

    Pros

    great technology
    culture encourages you to find your own path

    Cons

    A person needs to be able to thrive with frequent change -not necessarily a bad thing...

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    An inspiring place to work while contributing to the common good

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

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

    Pros

    Red Hat has a winning business model that is built on open source software so you'll get to contribute to the community and the company at the same time. This growing company has employees around the world (including lots of remote folks). Rewards and opportunity are ripe for those willing to work hard.

    Cons

    Just like any company at this stage of growth, Red Hat is experiencing some growing pains. Fortunately, the open culture places decision making in the open and employees are encouraged to weigh in on important issues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work. The strategy is solid and it's working with customers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 6 people found this helpful  

    Lots of growth, lots of promise, lots of dysfunction

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager

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

    Pros

    Incredible scope to seize opportunities, grow with new and emerging projects. Open source is amazing. A lot of the people are great, super smart and committed. I had an amazing tenure here, but got out when the politics started getting to me.

    Cons

    Company is full of turds: underqualified hacks who have been with the company for over 10 years and promoted way above their capabilities, and recent refugees from big companies like Microsoft, Oracle, EMC who Red Hat thought they needed to legitimize themselves as they grew bigger but are just a bunch of dead weight. Political infighting like you wouldn't believe. If you can avoid the land mines, the toxic people, and the zombie projects you can get things done, but it's not the company it was three years ago.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Time for a reorg. Do a 360 review to find the people to get rid of. CEO should get out of his office every once in a while to see what is going on in the company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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