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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. Good work, Good workplace, good benefits, good salary.

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    Current Employee - Architect in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)
    Current Employee - Architect in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Has good salary,benefits, bonus. Working environment very good. Leadership not very good, but are selling good.

    Cons

    Not at all. Every company has bad people, but in redhat there are not many dickheads.

  2. Territory Sales

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Territory Sales in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Territory Sales in London, England (UK)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good company with solid growth

    Cons

    The middle management don't know what they're doing.

  3. By far the best company I have ever know/seen/worked for

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Culture - Openness, treating people with respect, possibility to contact any level of management with an opinion / suggestion
    People - the most talented bunch of folks I have ever worked with, smart, hard working, passionate
    Open source model - not only in development, but in anything that the company does
    Great products - products widely used in the industry, setting some of the business standards
    Stability and prospect of further growth - even if you stay in the same role for a couple of years, the company is growing, which means that each position gains complexity throughout the time

    Cons

    Hard to say cons, for sure a company not for everyone.
    You need to be self-driven and motivated in order to do the job

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work, do not ever forget that the community aspect of the company should always go first

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  5. great technologies! so-so management!

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

    I worked at Red Hat full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Red Hat is one of the best known brands in the world and the projects and technologies are cutting edge. You get to work with some of the smartest people on some very interesting problems. There are lot of opportunities to grow. Pretty good work life balance. Great products and experience at Red Hat has great value on resume.

    Cons

    Open source is great, but sometimes look outside the box for the best solution, not just cheap. Not every open source solution is good. The travel budget is a joke. They ask employees to share rooms when going to conferences. I mean seriously? You think we're teenagers to bunk with buddies? Hard to believe such a successful company has such cheap attitude. The benefits are pretty basic. 401k match is very low and no ESPP.

    Advice to Management

    Employees work hard, treat them with respect they deserve. Don't cheap out on taking care of them when they are traveling on business to grow and promote the company. Improve the benefits, you are no longer a small company. Stop acting like one.

  6. Awesome place with good carreer growth opportunities

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great people, passionate about their work

    Cons

    Challenges with colleagues across globe, hard to sell your project

    Advice to Management

    Support independence, trust non-US teams to deliver what they've promissed

  7. Really comfortable .

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Provides steep learning curve to those that can grasp & work hard .
    Work culture is good .

    Cons

    Not very good payers . Salary does not increase considerably after reaching senior level , although the employee can earn multiple rewards to add to his/her salary .

    Advice to Management

    Red Hat already has a good culture .. Don't turn it very mechanical .
    Encourage innovation & creativity .

  8. Live and breath open source

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer

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

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

    Pros

    Great management for the most part, it's a large company but still individual engineers have tons of ways to stand out and making sure they are recognized.
    Lots of interesting products to work on if you like backend stuff and infrastructure, kernel, file systems...
    Working with the community and collaborating with other top notch companies happens every day in every team.
    Remote work is embraced.
    Travelling to conferences is encouraged, and usually there is budget for it.
    Internal mobility available.
    Offices everywhere if you want to work all over the world remotely from a comfy chair.
    Low turnover, so most people working there are happy with it.
    Work/life balance is very respected, long hours are kind of frowned upon.

    Cons

    At times, the bar is set too low when it's hard to find a person for a particular position and teams are stuck with unproductive people.
    Salary is below industry average, they try make up with bonuses and stock but it doesn't work. They only get away with this because people would accept a lower salary for open source work, but we miss on great employees because of it.
    Hordes of new employees from proprietary software companies (Microsoft, IBM, etc..) couldn't care less about open source and culture changes internally because of it.
    QA department quality is sub-par.
    Engineering ladder has a rather low ceiling.
    Office kitchens are not very stocked compared to other companies (silly, I know, I know..)

    Advice to Management

    Raise salaries, even if it means hiring less people. If you come from a proprietary software background, please learn and talk with engineers about open source first and foremost. Otherwise this company is going to be taken to the cleaners for not being true to its spirit.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Great company, very distributed though

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Manager in Westford, MA
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Manager in Westford, MA

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

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

    Pros

    - You get to work with extremely smart and motivated people.
    - Openness and transparency, both externally and internally.

    Cons

    - Red Hat is a very distributed company; a lot of the teams are virtual; the physical distance and difference in time-zones (and even workdays in some cases) makes it very hard to build team spirit, resolve small issues promptly, may completely eliminate casual f2f communication, etc.

    - Another side effect of the distributed character of Red Hat is that many people are working from home regularly. My "cube neighbors" are arriving to the office in a frequency of a couple of time a month, or even less then that.
    While I appreciate the option to WFH when necessary, having all of the people always working from home poses the same disadvantages as the ones mentioned above for virtual teams. Arriving every day to a "ghost office" is not fun.

    Advice to Management

    - Having employees all over the world is great. But try to build each team in a single location.
    - Encourage people to work from the office (with relation to my point above: if everyone had colleagues in the same office, it would be far more encouraging to arrive to the office and actually work with them f2f).

  10. Open, friendly environment

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

    I have been working at Red Hat

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

    Pros

    working on well known products
    challenging environment, a lot of things to learn
    clever people around
    great work&life balance
    great benefits

    Cons

    In case you work in Czech republic, it is almost impossible to rellocate to more expensive country (it would lead to huge salary growth that is not supported)

  11. Great company, great people

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Management in Emea (Indonesia)
    Current Employee - Management in Emea (Indonesia)

    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

    Energy, passion and drive at a level I have never seen before

    Cons

    Still growing internal processes to maturity

    Advice to Management

    Keep the same approach

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