Red Hat Reviews

Updated September 25, 2014
Updated September 25, 2014
307 Reviews
4.0
307 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 80 reviews)

  • Very nice and open culture/environment, lots of bonuses/benefits, flexible working hours, competitive salaries, opportunities to learn/develop/grow (in 13 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 10 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great company - plan to stick around for a long time

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    Current Employee - Senior QA Engineer  in  Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Senior QA Engineer in Raleigh, NC

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

    Pros

    A great company to work for. I've been there for many years, and it still has a small-ish feel even though it has grown 5x (employees) during that time. Most of my coworkers in the engineering department are smart, motivated, and good to work with. They stick to their principles of open source. Communication internally is very good. I feel like in general, the company cares about their employees and tries (within reason) to make us happy. It's a stable environment and I've never felt any concerns about layoffs or downsizing - if anything it's the opposite (growing pains).

    Cons

    Of all the jobs I've had internally, I've found management to be very hands-off. i.e. "You know what you need to do, so do it". At times I've wished I had more direction, but I'd take that over a micromanager.

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

    Lots of positive energy and momentum and a very flexible work culture

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    Current Employee - Principal Product Manager  in  Westford, MA
    Current Employee - Principal Product Manager in Westford, MA

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

    Pros

    - Lots of energy and positive momentum
    - What an individual/team wants to do is unbounded by the company in many ways. One can decide for themselves how hard they want to work or choose a more balanced work life balance (but still work and not goof off)
    - the core competency of the company is open source technology knowledge and the free exchange of it on email lists and discussions. Provides a very valuable learning opportunity
    - Company has great relationship with customers (large enterprises) - something that can be very useful for getting ur job done effectively.

    Cons

    - Lack of any significant processes. So sometimes it feels like re-inventing the wheel.
    - Compensation is average

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    A fulfilling experience, working with highly motivated people who are full of energy and who are not afraid to speak up.

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    Current Employee - Revenue/Finance  in  Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Revenue/Finance in Raleigh, NC

    I have been working at Red Hat for more than a year

    Pros

    Open environment, good perks and benefits, great location in downtown Raleigh.

    Cons

    Lots of meetings where things are not always accomplished.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Awesome Company!! Get paid to be part of the solutions not the problem.

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    Current Employee - Senior Solutions Architect  in  Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Solutions Architect in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Red Hat full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Every open-minded and creative culture. Truly values their employees. After all opensource is about community. Redhat even as a gowning company keep the core values of source strong.

    Cons

    Very tech savy company. Those that like to use MS word and Outlook for mail may find it quite different.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep empowering the community developers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Principal Software Engineer

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    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer  in  Westford, MA
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Westford, MA

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

    Pros

    Best place to work on open source software. Help create the software that the world runs their businesses on. Flexibility to work from many locations around the world. Anyone can contribute to our open source projects and the very best developers (e.g. best patches submitted) can be considered for our open positions.

    Cons

    We are a large company, which can be a con. Although, we still have a small company feel in that we have many different initiatives that employees can be part of.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Unlimited opportunity to enrich career continually preparing you for the next step.

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    Current Employee - Supervisor  in  Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Raleigh, NC

    I have been working at Red Hat full-time

    Pros

    Values, Focus on strategy and execution, unlimited opportunity from a career perspective, work-life balance.

    Cons

    Growing pains from a startup to billion+ dollar business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't let arbitrary business rules/processes (ones we've created) get in the way of innovating our organizational model.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Do not work for Red Hat IT.

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    Former Employee - Linux Systems Administrator  in  Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Linux Systems Administrator in Raleigh, NC

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

    Pros

    The company as a hole, has great people and some great goals. If you work in Engineering, fantastic place to work. People who believe in what they are doing and love it. When I first began working there, I really enjoyed it, but things really went down hill.

    Cons

    The IT department is full of incompetent people and people who are there due to nepotism. I really feel sad at having to say this, but the current CIO has really dragged the place down. They implemented ITIL and have generally preferred closed source solutions over ones that Red Hat itself sells. Just completely insane that they would put in place closed source solutions that specifically compete with Red Hat products.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Replace all of the IT management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    One of the best places I have ever worked at.

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    Current Employee - Lead Generation  in  Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Lead Generation in Raleigh, NC

    I have been working at Red Hat as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Environment, Workers, Community, Management, Leadership

    Cons

    too much fun, Difficult to learn products

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    RH FTW!

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    Current Employee - Tech Support Engineer  in  Westford, MA
    Current Employee - Tech Support Engineer in Westford, MA

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

    Pros

    The sky is the limit! No, really, it is. You can probably do anything you want to do here. Managers have been extremely supportive in crafting a career path as well as making sure they I find the work fulfilling

    Cons

    The pay is weak. I know a lot of people say this about their jobs, especially since the great recession. And especially since IT pay has been getting lower and cheaper the past handful of years. But Red Hat does definitely pay less for the non-management / non-rockstar positions. :(

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your lower level employees like you appreciate them. The VC pay is nice and appreciated. But 5% of not much = not much.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    sr. software engineer (middleware)

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Red Hat full-time

    Pros

    - hight flexibility (working remotely)
    - passioned and smart people
    - low bureaucracy (reporting is reduced to a bare minimum)
    - open source done right

    Cons

    - salaries are not where they should be. Most of the salary increases are triggered by engineers and not by management
    - working remotely has its challenges (self discipline)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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