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Updated January 25, 2015
Updated January 25, 2015
338 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 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.  

    Internship program

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Intern in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Marketing Intern in Raleigh, NC

    I worked at Red Hat as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent work culture, great place to learn, very smart and down - to -earth employees.

    Cons

    I can't think of any

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good culture, growing company

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    • Senior Management
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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 3 years)

    Pros

    Good culture, decent benefits, young but growing company

    Cons

    Not much mobility in finance department

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 8 people found this helpful  

    The dream vs. The reality...

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    Former Employee - Territory Account Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Territory Account Manager in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Fast paced, friendly, cutting-edge technology, exceptional space for company growth, competitive pay and benefits, the ability to offer your technology customers valuable options.

    Cons

    Kludgy processes lead to a rudderless feel. Countless, mis-matched internal tools create a massive time suck. Internal policies are poorly communicated. Management promotions appear to be based on seniority and/or nepotism vs. qualifications. Managers are rewarded for instituting/perpetuating a status-quo culture- despite a company mission directly counter to such behavior. Too many 'what the heck does that job title mean' jobs being created, indicating mission creep/ turf growth...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior management: Engage more frequently with line staff. Quarterly platitudes are a poor substitute for keeping your finger on the pulse of the business. Dip your heads into the business- sales specifically, and identify which managers are driving business 'The Red Hat Way' and which are treading water in an effort to hold onto an unmerited income while making management decisions often contrary to the company's best interests.

    On paper, Red Hat is an ideal company. In reality, the dream is subverted by self-serving actors. The only way for the company to overcome this weakness is for senior management to fully engage in the business and hold middle management accountable. Haha;). Current executive compensation being what it is- the party line is "keep smiling and don't change a thing" which could even remotely interrupt the gravy train...

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Good

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Red Hat

    Pros

    employee friendly and good work life balance

    Cons

    I don't think there are any cons...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    improve the transfer facility

  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Not what I expected...

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    Former Employee - Consultant
    Former Employee - Consultant

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

    Pros

    - Challenging. If you thrive, you stand to learn and grow much.
    - Awesome name on resume
    - Very smart co-workers

    Cons

    - Compensation. The amount of work being done, with the level that it is accomplished at, leaves the compensation below industry.
    - Travel
    - Work life balance.
    - At times, felt like staff augmentation.
    - Some frustrating coworkers. Culture of complete transparency can lead to lots of pedantic debates.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Reach out to consultants not working in Red Hat offices.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 5 people 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
  8. 6 people found this helpful  

    If you need specific experience, yes. Otherwise....

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Red Hat

    Pros

    Great team attitude. Portal is a really awesome. Projects they get are amazing resume builders.

    Cons

    Salary was a joke. They low balled me. Hours were insane. My project manager and program manager both quit the company without anyone telling me. I found out from my client.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get the professional portion of professional services right.

  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Business Development

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Biz Development in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Biz Development in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Great culture on the west coast and NE. Southern office a little "old school"

    Cons

    Not a lot of women in high positions. Old Boys Network. No ESPP

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    It's an everyday challenge, but I always get to learn new things. I love being part of the commitment to open source.

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Consultant in Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Consultant in Richmond, VA

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

    Pros

    As a consultant, you receive decent quarterly bonuses, great stock grants, and your cell phone bill is reimbursed. You can take Red Hat training courses and certification exams for free if you can get a break from your normal job duties to take them. You get to work at a lot of different places, work with really smart and experienced people, and learn new things constantly. I never feel under-challenged.

    Cons

    The salary could be better, but it's offset with bonuses and perks. As a consultant, you may have to travel a lot, but this is something I personally enjoy. While you learn new things every day, it can also make you feel like a newbie every time you go on a new project because there is always endless new things to learn. You get placed in some very high pressure situations which can be stressful at times. Promotions can be rather difficult unless you are an absolute rockstar.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better annual increases in salary would make consultants feel like they are worth the effort they are putting into their projects. It seems like managers will give all manner of perks and spot-bonuses before giving a single penny in salary increase. The bar for promotions keeps moving so that it feels nearly unattainable.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people 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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