Red Hat Reviews

Updated October 18, 2014
Updated October 18, 2014
312 Reviews
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312 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • It's open source baby (it's still now - subjected to change with the way of growth) (in 81 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Full of opportunities - both technical and leadership

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC

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

    Pros

    Flexible work environment, fantastic attitude amongst most of the employees, excellent corporate leadership including CEO, CFO, and CIO

    Cons

    On occasion, like most companies, there is a bit of politics going on. Not near as bad as many companies I have been at though.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Red Hat is perfect!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Support Engineer in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)
    Current Employee - Senior Support Engineer in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)

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

    Pros

    Red Hat is perfect! Red Hat is a great place to work!

    Cons

    No cons. Red Hat is perfect!

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

    Best work environment I've ever seen

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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 (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    People are passionate, committed, and capable. "Dead Weight" is rare on a team. Most teams are flexible and allow you to maintain an excellent work/life balance.

    Cons

    - While the technology used is often new and interesting, the problems being solved tend to be dry and uninteresting.
    - Development teams have little input about customer requirements/needs
    - There is a large gap of missing information from people in the field versus those designing/building products.
    - Some teams become process heavy and seem to over complicate the work they are doing.
    - Red Hatters tend to be a different sort of people, they are more vocal on what they like/dislike on mailing lists with several sounding "whiny" at times.
    - Company is growing and losing the 'startup' feel

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Development teams are often building products with little to no input about the desired customers needs/wants. Product Management (if it is even available) is not gathering enough information from customers and passing it to developers. End result is developers are guessing at details of features without having a good understanding of the customer. It would be helpful if there were ways to increase interactions with those in the field (support/solutions architects/consultants) with the engineering teams. In my experience the teams operate as separate silos with minimal interaction.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work with fun environment and culture

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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 people and environment are what make Red Hat a great place to work. The company is chock full of incredibly intelligent folks and the majority of them are always willing to lend a hand. Benefits are on par with other companies I've worked for. Your stay at Red Hat is really what you make of it. If you become complacent and are okay with doing the same thing every day, you might not stick around for long but striving to learn and do more is really how you'll thrive.

    Cons

    The company has been going through some growing pains the past few years. There has definitely been a shift from being the little guy leading a revolution to becoming yet another big company. The culture has suffered from it but compared to other places, it's not bad. You've got both sides of the spectrum now with die-hard FOSS folks on one side and employees who don't even fully understand how Red Hat makes money on the other with most people falling somewhere in between.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Relax and remember that the people behind the scenes are the ones you should be focused on keeping happy.

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    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    The best place to work

    Current Employee - Program Manager in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Raleigh, NC

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

    Pros

    Outstanding office culture, very positive atmosphere. Senior leadership and middle management are open and transparent. Very collaborative work ethic. Managers and coworkers are eager to do what it takes to get the job done. Mostly well defined career paths. Excellent PTO policies as well.

    Cons

    No major ones and nothing that wouldn't be experienced at other companies. Even the minor cons, like some of the tools we use to do our job aren't the best in the industry, are really minor and could be much worse in other companies.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great environment!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and welfare
    The org practices transparency

    Cons

    None that I can recall

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Working with a group of geeky and talented people

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Intern
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Intern

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

    Pros

    People are very talented and very strong at programming/engineering. Working from home is a big benefit. Projects are under rapid development.

    Cons

    Maybe there should be more communication between departments. And employeee needs a good balance between life and work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There may need to be a more clear product plan or milestone.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Great place to work for Open Source advocates and open-minded people!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Raleigh, NC

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

    Pros

    Company culture is awesome if you're an open source advocate. If you're not, it's still a great place to work as long as you keep an open mind. Work is pretty flexible, sometimes even leaving it up to take the initiative to work on valuable projects. Most people are really passionate about what they do, which makes for awesome work life. However, there is also a real balance with life, offering pretty good PTO.

    Cons

    There seems to be a decline in the importance of Open Source for some people, making it OK to adopt proprietary solutions when convenient. It's probably a side effect of a growing company, where a lot of the people coming in don't have the same vision and passion for Open Source.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't let profitability stomp on culture and values. The reason Red Hat is what it is is finding a good business model around supporting Open Source, and continuing to be a leader in the field. If Red Hat starts using proprietary tools internally, what does that say to the rest of the world?

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great company to be a part of.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior QA Engineer in Brno (Czech Republic)
    Current Employee - Senior QA Engineer in Brno (Czech Republic)

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

    Pros

    Very nice and open culture/environment, lots of bonuses/benefits, flexible working hours, competitive salaries, opportunities to learn/develop/grow.

    Cons

    Not much really. I'm optimistic about the company's future in general. Although, sometimes the decisions made by the upper management strike me as not entirely in "sync " with the company's open source/mind/culture path.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep on preserving the open culture RH is famous for.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good start of career

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Supervisor in Brno (Czech Republic)
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Supervisor in Brno (Czech Republic)

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

    Pros

    Very good company culture, options of personal growth, working conditions, you have your career in your own hands (If you want).

    Cons

    Pay is not so competitive, other benefits can outweight this, but I'm not staying here for the money.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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