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Updated January 25, 2015
Updated January 25, 2015
338 Reviews
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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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great place to work with fun environment and culture

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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)

    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.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2. 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
  3.  

    company culture

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Red Hat

    Pros

    great technology
    culture encourages you to find your own path

    Cons

    A person needs to be able to thrive with frequent change -not necessarily a bad thing...

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 7 people found this helpful  

    Lots of growth, lots of promise, lots of dysfunction

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager

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

    Pros

    Incredible scope to seize opportunities, grow with new and emerging projects. Open source is amazing. A lot of the people are great, super smart and committed. I had an amazing tenure here, but got out when the politics started getting to me.

    Cons

    Company is full of turds: underqualified hacks who have been with the company for over 10 years and promoted way above their capabilities, and recent refugees from big companies like Microsoft, Oracle, EMC who Red Hat thought they needed to legitimize themselves as they grew bigger but are just a bunch of dead weight. Political infighting like you wouldn't believe. If you can avoid the land mines, the toxic people, and the zombie projects you can get things done, but it's not the company it was three years ago.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Time for a reorg. Do a 360 review to find the people to get rid of. CEO should get out of his office every once in a while to see what is going on in the company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    An inspiring place to work while contributing to the common good

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (less than an year)

    Pros

    Red Hat has a winning business model that is built on open source software so you'll get to contribute to the community and the company at the same time. This growing company has employees around the world (including lots of remote folks). Rewards and opportunity are ripe for those willing to work hard.

    Cons

    Just like any company at this stage of growth, Red Hat is experiencing some growing pains. Fortunately, the open culture places decision making in the open and employees are encouraged to weigh in on important issues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work. The strategy is solid and it's working with customers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great but you have to buy in, and Support/GSS is not easy

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Technical Support Engineer in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Associate Technical Support Engineer in Raleigh, NC

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

    Pros

    They make an effort to keep you comfortable. The benefits are good.

    Cons

    Pay in support/GSS is 30k less than anywhere else comparable. This is too large a gap.
    Support is way to stressful and evolving to not get stressed out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In this case, Support/GSS, just pay better. That makes a lot of the other crap easier to take.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Open Source is a culture

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Red Hat is a great place to work if you love open source. Most decisions are made based on transparency, openness and how it will impact the community. It is 'in their blood'.

    Cons

    While transparency is the goal of the company, there are fiefdoms that are about building their kingdoms and not working together. This can be discouraging and what played a role in me leaving.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Working with a group of geeky and talented people

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  10.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good Open Source Culture Based Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    - Great work/life balance.
    - Ability to contribute to open source projects.
    - Has the welfare of its customers in mind.

    Cons

    * Company has grown beyond its initial roots. It has crossed $1B in revenue last year. Now revenue trumps culture. Company can get short sighted.
    * Either Engineering calls the shots or management calls the shots. There is a clear divide between management and engineers. No intermingling.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Promote people often.
    - Have a yard stick for management particularly product management.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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