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Updated December 20, 2014
Updated December 20, 2014
334 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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Freedom, Flexibility and Meritocracy

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

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

    Pros

    The great thing about Red Hat is that you in general are given the freedom to do what you want to do. While demand is high, if you have a passion in a certain area, management is open to you taking your role in that direction. Also depending on the role, there is a lot of flexibility to work from home/flex hours. If you like working for a company that allows associates to be vocal and passionate, this is the place for you!

    Cons

    With this kind of culture, often people are left to figure things out without too much guidance. Some thrive in this environment, while others sink. Also pay is not nearly competitive enough.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work harder to keep top talent - if you ignore them too long they will eventually leave for better respect/pay.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Amazing Company ! great peer group, intelligent engineers .. If you love open source, this is the place to be !

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

    I worked at Red Hat (less than an year)

    Pros

    Red Hat is working on some of the coolest stuff going on in open source like openStack. N if you are an OS guy RHEL is always the place to be. Very visionary senior management. I had the opportunity to listen to some of jim whitehurst talks, and I was convinced that he will take this company to places. very flexible work environment, overall a good place to be.

    Cons

    Not based on my personal experience, but from what I have heard, they are not a very good pay master.
    Red hat has a lot of workforce who works remotely, Now it does give a lot of flexibility to people who are looking for that kind of option, it sometime takes away the fun of working in person. This can sometimes make your life at red hat a bit secluded. Mentorship is hard to find in remote working model. Like all big companies it will boil down to which team you are working for, and who is your manager.

    RHEL is by far red hat most renowned product, and they are still not at par in other verticals, when it comes to their competitors. They are still trying to make a niche in their other business areas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest more into technical workforce. They are the core of your company.
    Mentor your people.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Excellent company to work for and learn latest technologies

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

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

    Pros

    Position allows a lot of new technologies to learn
    Dynamic team with highly proficient skills and experts in the field

    Cons

    Project dependent
    Depending on promotion, raise varies

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to focus on promoting people as needed

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Dedicated people

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

    I worked at Red Hat full-time

    Pros

    Nice atmosphere with people who want to do well in their job.

    Cons

    Not all departments have strong leaders who take the time to develop their team/department to not only perform a task/goal but to help them get to the next level in their career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Help to develop their career growth.

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Corporate management

    • 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 (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Dynamic, ever-changing, not boring, unique business model, great people

    Cons

    Manager quality varies greatly across departments

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Would be hard to leave

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

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

    Pros

    The culture is very open and flexible. For the most part, employees can work from anywhere. There is definitely a "technology" company culture.

    Cons

    It's a growing company and that has lead to communication channels being unclear or non-existent. While it's easy to get in touch with management, communication of ongoing activities seems to get lost.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great Work Environment. Not so competitive pay.

    • 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 (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great engineers to work with.
    Lot of freedom and choice.
    Relaxed work environment.
    Good Projects to work on and always exciting.
    Great place to start your career and the company has a very good reputation when trying to move.

    Cons

    Far less than market pay standard.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to match the market standard for compensation.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good, but growing fast

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Red Hat

    Pros

    Good work environment for starting out

    Cons

    Can get lost in the mix

  10.  

    Intern

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Red Hat

    Pros

    Enjoyed my time there last year

    Cons

    Not too much else to add

  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    It's easier to survive than succeed here

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

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

    Pros

    Smartest bunch of people I know under one roof. By far.
    Flexible, independent (depending on group) work.
    Freedom to propose, have opinions and instill change.
    Interesting, exciting and challenging environment. We may be many things, but not bored.
    Innovative, take-risk, release often - fail fast environment.

    Cons

    Meritocracy is not as strong as the old-boys-network.
    Building an org based the smartest, best in class, type A people requires management skills not present at all levels (promotions often seem based on technical, not managerial skills).
    Instituting change can be slow and painful - ruling by consensus is not always efficient or effective.
    Limited work experience outside Red Hat, many associates know only the Red Hat way. Not effective in trying to increase maturity in a large organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start holding people at al levels accountable. We need to outgrow the garage mentality and acquire both scale and process to reach our next goals.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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