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Updated July 2, 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)

    Technology is awesome, not much of a sales culture

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Solution Architect in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Solution Architect in Los Angeles, CA

    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

    Pay is above average. Lots of freedom in the job. Strong technical leadership. You make the job what it is. Lots of great recognition in the IT world.

    Cons

    Not a sales and product management culture. Very close to cathedral and bazaar (the book). Red Hat is the bazaar where Open Source software development is chaotic, lots of opinions and lots of teaming where it makes sense.

    Advice to Management

    We need better marketing on all the great stuff that Red Hat has.


  2. Room for a lot of personal growth

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

    I have been working at Red Hat

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

    Pros

    Personal growth, leadership, exposure to a large group of skill sets

    Cons

    Training curriculum for new hires


  3. Great management team, great products, good growth opportunities

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Scottsdale, AZ
    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Scottsdale, AZ

    I worked at Red Hat

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

    Pros

    This company is really spectacular. Red Hat has a world class management team, some really great products, and the growth of the company at 20% a year is phenomenal. At RHT, especially as a senior or principal engineer, you have to be ready to lead your own career.

    Cons

    Management has a hard tim planning past two week chunks in engineering. As a result, many projects can seem short in nature. My recommendation is to figure out a large project and just do it in the two week increments that many of the management team like to operate in. The two week thing comes from a recent attraction to scrum, which doesn't work all that well across RHT, since the company is completely globally distributed.

    Advice to Management

    The technical ladder at RHT is busted, since everyone comes in at principal to fit salary requirements from previous companies.

    There is significant variance in the principal grade and it is nearly impossible for promotions past this grade. This results in "peers" which don't operate at the principal level. An easy solution is to add grades between principal and senior, or alliteratively lower the bar for sr principal. The only way I have ever been promoted is to go to a new company, which is not very satisfying personally and leads to churn for RHT and other companies.


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  5. Great company, great people, some growing pains

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

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

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

    Pros

    The company still has a huge business opportunity ahead of it. There's a lot of freedom to innovate and work above your current role. The culture is very collaborative.

    Cons

    It's loosing some of it's open source start-up spirit. Ambiguity is prevalent, so make sure you can cope with developing your own career path, defining processes that don't existing, etc. The overall compensation is only average.


  6. Best Place to work.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - QA Engineer in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - QA Engineer in Raleigh, NC

    I have been working at Red Hat

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good work life balance.
    Flexible Work hour
    Well Planned execution
    Highly talented and helpful people.

    Cons

    I didn't see any specific stuffs to point out.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing specifically.


  7. Growing fast, awesome culture

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC

    I worked at Red Hat

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

    Pros

    Open Source and culture FTW!
    Awesome snacks, good volunteer opportunities.
    Collaboration thrives due to global offices. Flexible work from home and telecommuting.

    Cons

    Pay below industry average.
    Not many challenges.


  8. RH is a very passionate place to work

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

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

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

    Pros

    I have the opportunity to work with people at all levels of the organization. It offers me the ability to constantly learn new things. Atmosphere is very friendly and I love being able to work remote.

    Cons

    There are times when it is very challenging to get people to see a different point of view. I work with lots of different personalities. Some of whom have their way of doing things and that's it. Things are constantly changing and getting people to follow the change is hard.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


  9. Fanastic open source company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Atlanta, GA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    * Great co workers
    * All Open Source
    * Great community support
    * Flexible hours
    * Work from home

    Cons

    * Very dispersed team
    * Too few PTO days

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up :)


  10. Helpful (7)

    Fun place to work, but there is too much favoritism.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Westford, MA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Westford, MA

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

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

    Pros

    Its a fun and challenging place to work. Opportunities abound.

    Cons

    If you or your management aren't within senior managements "inner circle" or "favorites list" its hard to influence and make a difference.

    You may say that is typical corporate life. You would be right. BUT at Red Hat claims to be different based on the open source idea of "meritocracy: an elite group of people whose progress is based on ability and talent rather than on class privilege or wealth."

    Advice to Management

    Live what you claim you live. Don't promote managers because you like them. This causes people who are great individual contributors to be promoted as managers, and those people aren't always great managers. Promote people because they are capable and intelligent leaders.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Kind of it's own animal

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Raleigh, NC

    I worked at Red Hat

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Red Hat provides the opportunity to get involved with a lot of very high profile technology at very interesting customer sites

    Cons

    Red Hat does not typically share what is going on with tools developers write with the developers, and seems to be a sales-dominated culture. Employees can be underpaid if they do not stick up for themselves.

    Advice to Management

    Red Hat at times feels like a coral reef rather than a company. Work on getting groups at different sites to work better together, rather than competing in very similar technological spaces. Make sure those that produce your technology are adequately compensated. Increase the ability for lateral moves within the organization.



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