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Updated February 24, 2015
Updated February 24, 2015
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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.  

    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)

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

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

    Good experience overall, but it's changing. In a couple years, could be meh.

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    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Westford, MA
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Westford, MA

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

    Pros

    - Chance to work different technologies
    - Change from one job to another is usually not a huge problem.
    - Good smart people to work with( but I suppose smart people are everywhere)
    - They don't skip on hardware. You get the tools to do the job.

    Cons

    - Biggest con is that it is rapidly loosing it's OSS atmosphere. The company has been full throttle hiring middle management from places like IBM, EMC, etc (rather than internal promotions) who are in turn making Red Hat policy and atmosphere like one of those bureaucratic companies. There have been some high profile exits due to this.
    - Stock plan is disappearing. They have done away with stock grants to new hires and instead of a fairly broad based granting process, it's now only a select few who obtain stock grants. This is completely different from 3-4 years ago.
    - Training can be a pro or con. Restriction in travel budgets have occurred more frequently than in the past.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember the OSS spirit. I realize you want to stuff your pockets with stock, but in doing so, you are destroying the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    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)

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Amazing company to work for

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Red Hat

    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 ManagementAdvice

    None. You guys rock.

    Recommends
  6.  

    Room for a lot of personal growth

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Red Hat

    Pros

    Personal growth, leadership, exposure to a large group of skill sets

    Cons

    Training curriculum for new hires

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great company, great people, some growing pains

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The company still has a huge business opportunity ahead of it. There's a lot of freedom to innovate and work above your current role. The culture is very collaborative.

    Cons

    It's loosing some of it's open source start-up spirit. Ambiguity is prevalent, so make sure you can cope with developing your own career path, defining processes that don't existing, etc. The overall compensation is only average.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great management team, great products, good growth opportunities

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    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Scottsdale, AZ
    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Scottsdale, AZ

    I worked at Red Hat

    Pros

    This company is really spectacular. Red Hat has a world class management team, some really great products, and the growth of the company at 20% a year is phenomenal. At RHT, especially as a senior or principal engineer, you have to be ready to lead your own career.

    Cons

    Management has a hard tim planning past two week chunks in engineering. As a result, many projects can seem short in nature. My recommendation is to figure out a large project and just do it in the two week increments that many of the management team like to operate in. The two week thing comes from a recent attraction to scrum, which doesn't work all that well across RHT, since the company is completely globally distributed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The technical ladder at RHT is busted, since everyone comes in at principal to fit salary requirements from previous companies.

    There is significant variance in the principal grade and it is nearly impossible for promotions past this grade. This results in "peers" which don't operate at the principal level. An easy solution is to add grades between principal and senior, or alliteratively lower the bar for sr principal. The only way I have ever been promoted is to go to a new company, which is not very satisfying personally and leads to churn for RHT and other companies.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Technology is awesome, not much of a sales culture

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    Current Employee - Senior Solution Architect in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Solution Architect in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Pay is above average. Lots of freedom in the job. Strong technical leadership. You make the job what it is. Lots of great recognition in the IT world.

    Cons

    Not a sales and product management culture. Very close to cathedral and bazaar (the book). Red Hat is the bazaar where Open Source software development is chaotic, lots of opinions and lots of teaming where it makes sense.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We need better marketing on all the great stuff that Red Hat has.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Growing fast, awesome culture

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC

    I worked at Red Hat

    Pros

    Open Source and culture FTW!
    Awesome snacks, good volunteer opportunities.
    Collaboration thrives due to global offices. Flexible work from home and telecommuting.

    Cons

    Pay below industry average.
    Not many challenges.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Red Hat is the ish. Great interning program and great people.

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    Current Intern - Sales Development Representative in Raleigh, NC
    Current Intern - Sales Development Representative in Raleigh, NC

    I have been working at Red Hat as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    -People, People, People
    -Good pay for an intern
    -Awesome building Layout
    -Culture is great

    Cons

    -Changing environment can be a bit disruptive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep on doing your thang

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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