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Pros
  • Red Hat is a great place to work if you love open source (in 85 reviews)

  • Most teams are flexible and allow you to maintain an excellent work/life balance (in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • Management needs to be innovative, More time for Open Source to folks in there (in 22 reviews)

  • Work-life balance can be frustrating (in 11 reviews)

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  1. Proving Open Source Works

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Architect in Westford, MA
    Current Employee - Software Architect in Westford, MA

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

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

    Pros

    Red Hat is very progressive, there is ample room for advancement and an enormous number of interesting projects to work on.

    Cons

    Separating work and home life can be very difficult, particularly with a global staff connected by the internet at all times.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing. It works quite well!


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    Opportunity, opportunity, opportunity!

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Red Hat

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

    Pros

    On the early side of your career, Red Hat offers many opportunities to grow your career quickly. I've grown my skills and earning power more in the last few years at Red Hat than I have in 8 years at other companies. Management stays out of everyone's way for the most part, I see little evidence of micromanaging on the engineering side of the business. My career has also grown readily at Red Hat, and I have the opportunity to move between business units and departments to grow my career. You're free to share your opinions, and participate in projects that you can bring value to. You're not limited to only those projects that fall strictly in your own job description.

    Cons

    It's somewhat common for some people to feel the need to "participate" in projects where they're not necessarily contributing value to show their "worth" to the organization. This is part of the culture, and is generally unavoidable. Given the open decision framework Red Hat employs, this slows down decision making some times, and can derail projects. However, I'd take this over strict siloing any day. It's possible to overcome this through skilled influencing and
    Pay seems less than comparable companies, but I think there are benefits that outweigh it. Remote employees can feel isolated at times.

    Advice to Management

    Treat remote employees better, continue to empower employees to go beyond their own silos and collaborate across teams!


  3. Project Manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Red Hat full-time

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

    Pros

    Great company to work for as long as you're willing to work hard. This is a true meritocracy, and if you work hard, you can make a real and lasting impact.

    Cons

    Everyone is so engaged, and it's a worldwide company, so it's easy to work at all hours of the day.


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  5. Great place to work!

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Solutions Architect
    Current Employee - Solutions Architect

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

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

    Pros

    Quickly growing company, lots of room for advancement and a great culture!

    Cons

    The quick growth sometimes leads to resource challenges, but nothing that can't be overcome.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Walking the walk!

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Platform Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Platform Consultant in Washington, DC

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

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

    Pros

    Very open, welcoming, supportive. When the collective supports (or rejects) an idea, action is taken based on the popular opinion - what Red Hat refers to as meritocracy (the best idea wins).

    Cons

    Sometimes overwhelming as there are so many options and possibilities to focus on.


  7. Adept in many aspects of Information Technology, specialization in Middleware, Database, Operating System, Virt.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Field Sales Representative in Tysons Corner, VA
    Current Employee - Field Sales Representative in Tysons Corner, VA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Red Hat is the world's most trusted open source provider and has consistently ranked first for value in enterprise software in the CIO Insight Magazine Vendor Value study. Red Hat offers enterprise customers a long-term plan for building infrastructures on the quality and innovation of open source by combining the leading open source operating system platform, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, together with virtualization and cloud capabilities, the JBoss Enterprise Middleware Suite, management tools, training, and professional services.

    Cons

    Needs to mature its current portfolio of products and make them more enterprise ready. Although they are the largest Open Source company in the world, they are still needing to mature their core products.

    Advice to Management

    Highly driven, performance-focused leader with 10+ years of progressive experience with Fortune 500 companies as well as Government/Higher Education Accounts. Track record of exceeding revenue quotas and the skills to drive business growth, capitalize on new revenue potential, expand opportunity within existing client base, and negotiate high level high revenue transactions


  8. Good Place to Grow

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Red Hat (More than 3 years)

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    As much responsibility as you can handle as soon as you can handle it.

    Cons

    Not a whole lot to say.


  9. Legal Assistant

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive Legal Assistant in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Executive Legal Assistant in Raleigh, NC

    I worked at Red Hat full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Open environment, Collaborative , respect

    Cons

    When you have good people you should keep them find places for them, not be so dismissive

    Advice to Management

    Not everyone can be wicked smart there is a lot to be said for street smarts and common sense it is how you apply your talents that matter not where they came from


  10. Helpful (1)

    Program Manager

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Red Hat full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Collaboration, opportunities to be creative. If you are top talent, management is very flexible on your work life balance, meaning leave early for appts, finish work at home.

    Cons

    Too much collaboration on simple decisions which can slow down the process. Managers not always aligned on goals.

    Advice to Management

    Utilize peoples best skills. Halo effect happens alot, give it to Joe because he is good at X. Give Joe what he does best not a gap you have.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Great place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Red Hat

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

    Pros

    You'll gain invaluable learning experience working at Red Hat. The people here are also very smart and helpful.

    Cons

    The only con I can think of is the lack of opportunity for growth in some departments.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to inspire and motivate your employees. It is critical to the overall growth of the company.



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