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Updated April 28, 2015
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  1. Helpful (3)

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

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    • 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 a year)

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

    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 Management

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

  2. Helpful (1)

    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)

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

    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.

  3. Helpful (9)

    Lots of growth, lots of promise, lots of dysfunction

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    • 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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Working with a group of geeky and talented people

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    Current Intern - Software Engineering Intern
    Current Intern - Software Engineering Intern

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    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 Management

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

  6. company culture

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Red Hat

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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...

  7. An inspiring place to work while contributing to the common good

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    • 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 a year)

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

    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 Management

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

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

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    • 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 a year)

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

    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 Management

    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?

  9. Helpful (2)

    Open Source is a culture

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

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

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

    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.

  10. Helpful (12)

    My worst career mistake

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

    I worked at Red Hat (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Brand name company - looks good on your resume; nice corporate office and amenities, especially for younger employees; free parking; training opportunities

    Cons

    Inexperienced managers of people; not always strategic in their actions; not open to new ideas; caste system from a structure standpoint

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to why people leave your company and take appropriate action - not every business leader should be leading people

  11. Helpful (7)

    Political

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

    I have been working at Red Hat full-time

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, hard working colleagues and autonomy

    Cons

    Politics. The company (at least back office functions) is full of back biting politics between and within departments. Everyone is afraid of losing power and fights for position. A lot of smoke and mirrors without much truth to employees or higher management. Many in leadership are checked out and are more concerned about positioning themselves outside of Red Hat instead of focusing on what needs to be done within their departments.

    Also, lip service is paid to growth and moving within the company but for many in back office functions, to move is almost impossible because managers will limit your mobility to not lose the headcount number.

    Collaboration, trust and transparency are buzzwords that are not lived out in practice at Red Hat.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house in your second and third level "leaders". They are not being honest with you and are only interested in advancing personal agendas. They are playing a chess game with you and each other.

    Invest in your people - even those in cost center departments. Allow those with a vision to blossom instead of allowing them to be silenced in the interest of politics.

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