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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. Great company and great people!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Red Hat

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The company is fast-paced and ever changing - in a good way. The people that work there are amazing and make the work atmosphere one of the best I've ever had the pleasure to work at.

    Cons

    Not as many opportunities for advancement in certain areas.

  2. great technologies! so-so management!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Red Hat full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Red Hat is one of the best known brands in the world and the projects and technologies are cutting edge. You get to work with some of the smartest people on some very interesting problems. There are lot of opportunities to grow. Pretty good work life balance. Great products and experience at Red Hat has great value on resume.

    Cons

    Open source is great, but sometimes look outside the box for the best solution, not just cheap. Not every open source solution is good. The travel budget is a joke. They ask employees to share rooms when going to conferences. I mean seriously? You think we're teenagers to bunk with buddies? Hard to believe such a successful company has such cheap attitude. The benefits are pretty basic. 401k match is very low and no ESPP.

    Advice to Management

    Employees work hard, treat them with respect they deserve. Don't cheap out on taking care of them when they are traveling on business to grow and promote the company. Improve the benefits, you are no longer a small company. Stop acting like one.

  3. Helpful (1)

    Great company, very distributed though

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    Current Employee - Software Engineering Manager in Westford, MA
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Manager in Westford, MA

    I have been working at Red Hat full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - You get to work with extremely smart and motivated people.
    - Openness and transparency, both externally and internally.

    Cons

    - Red Hat is a very distributed company; a lot of the teams are virtual; the physical distance and difference in time-zones (and even workdays in some cases) makes it very hard to build team spirit, resolve small issues promptly, may completely eliminate casual f2f communication, etc.

    - Another side effect of the distributed character of Red Hat is that many people are working from home regularly. My "cube neighbors" are arriving to the office in a frequency of a couple of time a month, or even less then that.
    While I appreciate the option to WFH when necessary, having all of the people always working from home poses the same disadvantages as the ones mentioned above for virtual teams. Arriving every day to a "ghost office" is not fun.

    Advice to Management

    - Having employees all over the world is great. But try to build each team in a single location.
    - Encourage people to work from the office (with relation to my point above: if everyone had colleagues in the same office, it would be far more encouraging to arrive to the office and actually work with them f2f).

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  5. Best company I've ever worked for

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    Current Employee - Consultant
    Current Employee - Consultant

    I have been working at Red Hat full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Management is truly open to ideas from all employees
    Company enables and encourages professional development
    Even in a company of nearly 7,000 employees, it's easy to stand out and make a name for yourself if you are motivated

    Cons

    Sometimes it feels as though the open source culture and values are not embraced/understood by all departments.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing, but remember what got Red Hat to where it is today.

  6. Helpful (2)

    Great culture

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    Former Intern - Software Engineering in Raleigh, NC
    Former Intern - Software Engineering in Raleigh, NC

    I worked at Red Hat as an intern

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great culture, passionate people, very nice to interns. Gave us a lot of cool shirts and other 'swag', taught us a lot and brought us on cool excursions. Plus I met the CEO a few times. Ideally, he remembers me.

    Cons

    I got the sense that they were trying to convince themselves that the products were more successful than they are. Things like "you know, in Russia, we're the 19th best option for x".

  7. Helpful (1)

    Intern, KVM group

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

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

    Pros

    Creative freedom, opportunity to work on cutting edge technology

    Cons

    Strictly software development oriented approach

  8. Helpful (2)

    Product Manager

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    Former Employee - Product Manager I in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Product Manager I in Raleigh, NC

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Wow, what a company! They push you to succeed. I love my management team.

    Cons

    There are none. They are OUTSTANDING!!!!!

    Advice to Management

    Provide training to new product managers (smile). You tried your best ...

  9. Excellent technology company, great place to work

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    Current Employee - Technical Account Manager
    Current Employee - Technical Account Manager

    I have been working at Red Hat full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Autonomy, transparency, teamwork, flexibility-all opensource ideals

    Cons

    It's a larger company now, but in some ways it is still run like a startup. It might be charming, but it's not a way to get things done.

  10. Helpful (3)

    Amazing company to work for

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Red Hat

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Open source culture
    Management cares about the employees
    Plenty of opportunities to work on new and exciting projects
    Meritocratic culture so job titles are less important than great work and great ideas

    Cons

    Very fast growing company means there is a constant influx of new people that need to be taught the culture

    Advice to Management

    None. You guys rock.

  11. A pretty good place to work..

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    Current Employee - Principal Solutions Architect in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Principal Solutions Architect in Washington, DC

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great remote ability.
    Largest OSS vendor on the planet.

    Cons

    Remote people are very disconnected at times.
    Sometimes a lot of inefficiencies creep into the software development process.

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