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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

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

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

    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

    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".

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 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

  6. 1 person found this helpful

    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
  7. 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
  8. 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)

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people 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
  10. 4 people 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
  11. 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

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