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Pros
  • It's open source baby (it's still now - subjected to change with the way of growth) (in 80 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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great opportunity for those who look for it!

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Field Account Manager in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Field Account Manager in Raleigh, NC

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

    Pros

    Excellent work atmosphere, great cafeteria and game room to relax in when needed. Downtown location is great for entertaining clients and potential customers. Management on most teams are very supportive and excited to have intelligent, energetic people working for them.

    Cons

    Getting qualified people hired via referrals is tough (Recruiters -)
    Growing pains mostly, lack of great communication between departments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Vet your recruiters better and continue to invest and believe in your employees!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great company, great co-workers

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 (less than an year)

    Pros

    People are excited about the work they're doing. Lots of freedom to do the right thing. Open source mentality cuts out a lot (but not all) of the bureaucratic nonsense. The office and work environment are nice, modern and a lot of fun.

    Cons

    Lots of systems to work with, and not all of them are well-integrated, leading to patchwork business processes, questions about ownership, and some duplicated effort between teams.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Workplace, Awesome people

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Red Hat as an intern

    Pros

    Everyone around is motivating and talented. The company is very unique in it's own way. Flexible timings and good facilities

    Cons

    The work isn't challenging enough.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Lots of opportunity to work on open source, poorly run internal projects and products.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Westford, MA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Westford, MA

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

    Pros

    Red Hat is committed to open source development and if you want to work in that environment and not have a company hassle you about participating in the open source community, Red Hat is good.

    Cons

    Very weak regional office representation. Weak brand identity in the software industry. Confusion among customers about what Red Hat does (Linux? JBoss? Something with Cloud?). Little to no recognition for significant project contributions. Low pay for the industry and very low raises. No guidance for career path and impossible internal mobility.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase investment in associates. Pay and benefits should be more competitive for the industry. Guidance and plans should be in place for people wanting to grow their career. Internal mobility should be possible.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    A company that really understands how to use technology in the modern workplace

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

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

    Pros

    There is no salary cap that forces a jump from engineering to management.
    Management makes effective use of communications (email, chat, phone, video-conference) to ensure that remotees are plugged into whats going on.
    Most development groups allow remote employees
    Upper management seems to be managing for the long haul as opposed to targeting the next earning call.
    Even though we're pushing 6000 employees, we haven't quite lost the feel of a startup. It's not quite as loose and crazy as it was in 2000 but it's not shirt-and-tie corporate America either.
    No "that's not your job" culture. People tend to jump in an fix something rather than trying to push it off on someone else.

    Cons

    Still see a reluctance to hire US engineers, probably due to salary/benefits issues. That being said, if someone is well-known in their field, space can be made.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Might want to make an effort to get remotees to some of the big Linux/JBoss conferences, just to have them meet other team members or people in the community. Travel budgets have been especially tight...
    Tell HR to quit renaming themselves. Nothing wrong with being called Human Resources or *gasp* Personnel.
    I realize that we have to have reviews; it would be nice if it didn't require that we take classes to learn how to do the reviews. As you may have guessed, I'm an engineer and you pay me to write code, not fill out forms.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Best place I have ever worked

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Raleigh, NC

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

    Pros

    Great team, Great company, Awesome job.

    Cons

    Starting pay is not very competitive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Red Hat is a great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Account Manager in Toledo, OH
    Current Employee - Sales Account Manager in Toledo, OH

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

    Pros

    Awesome culture, great people, just a great company to work for

    Cons

    Compensation is not that of an Enterprise Software Company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not try to change the culture, we are open source not a proprietary software company. Stop trying to turn us into one!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Smart people and fun work!

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    • 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 (more than an year)

    Pros

    Able to work remotely on flexible hours. Management does a good job of keeping the red tape off you plate and just wants you to succeed.

    Cons

    If you are new to open source or just new to the company there are lot of things that should be listed in a beginners guide. Like how we use git or maven central. The knowledge is there it is just silo'ed. At least if you ask people are willing to share.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't let us down. :-) We depend on you as much as you depend on us.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    Looks better from the outside

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Red Hat full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good compensation.
    Benefits are good.
    They invest in training people which is better than the industry norm.

    Cons

    Poor sales management.
    Lack of vision to grow company.
    It's a political albatross, make sure you kiss ass to management or there will be repercussions.
    RH looks for followers, not leaders. Sales management is the classic, 'Emperor wearing no clothes'....best to collect your (very well compensated) paycheck than try to make positive changes.
    Long term future is very dim once the maintenance renewals start slowing down.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pick a strategic direction and commit to it. The future looks bleak...how much more Unix is there to convert to Linux, and with Cloud, what is the strategy to drive revenue to $3B???

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    excellent place to work and grow

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Account Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Sales Account Manager in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Red Hat full-time

    Pros

    freedom to do what you think is best

    Cons

    lack of structure can hurt some people

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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