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Updated December 15, 2014
Updated December 15, 2014
332 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Awesome company, love working here!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Smart people, everyone loves what they do, everyone is good at what they do, lots of opportunities for advancement.

    Cons

    Needs to be better alignment of goals across business units.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Overall good experience with a growing industry leader

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Red Hat as an intern

    Pros

    awesome location, great pay, learned a lot

    Cons

    at times i felt that my boss was unprepared as to what she expected from my role which often left me wondering what my role entailed/ what my purpose in it was

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    streamline internship roles

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    A rare company that practices what it preaches

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    Current Employee - Software Architect in Westford, MA
    Current Employee - Software Architect in Westford, MA

    I have been working at Red Hat full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Red Hat has a strong commitment to open-source software. It contributes to the advancement of technology around the world, allowing people to build atop the work of others to produce products and solutions greater than the sum of their parts.

    The corporate culture is by far the finest I have experienced. The culture of collaboration permeates every level of the business.

    Cons

    Red Hat's salaries do not always measure up to the giants of Silicon Valley. The work-life balance can sometimes be difficult to maintain, as everyone in engineering performs multiple jobs.

    Red Hat can be stingy at times, such as requiring employees to room together on business trips.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Loosen the purse-strings a bit to avoid losing good people to soulless companies with deep pockets. People will stay at Red Hat for the corporate culture if the pay gap shrank a bit.

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

    Great place to work with some growing pains

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    Current Employee - Manager in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Manager in Raleigh, NC

    I have been working at Red Hat full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Bright (very bright) people, Open Source, Community involvement

    Cons

    Lots of talk about a culture that I for one really haven't seen or it has simply evolved over the last several years that I've been here. Lots of challenges growing and evolving as some are not in favor of change, can't let go of the smaller start up days of the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop hiring to solve problems and actually address the problems. Process improvement, automation, and better on boarding of managers and executives, that do not have a Open Source background, would go a long way.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Interesting

    Current Employee - Consultant in Bowie, MD
    Current Employee - Consultant in Bowie, MD

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

    Pros

    Great Technology and training. great resources

    Cons

    No loyalty or job security

  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Far and away the best job I've ever had

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer

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

    Pros

    My job is challenging to the point of not knowing whether I can succeed, which provides quite a thrill once you get used to it. Also, I get to work on truly ground-breaking ideas that I've never even thought about before joining the company. Finally, people listen to you here...no matter whether you've just joined and they're a few levels up the management chain, if your ideas are good they get attention.

    Cons

    The business is growing so fast it can be pretty hard to keep up with the things you need to know to do your job. Also, because we're so interested in technological innovation, it seems like we're constantly interested in a slightly better solution than the one we have (for a given internal need). These collude to produce an environment where documentation can sometimes be hard to find, and it can mean tracking down a specific person to get answers you need to do your work. Since we're a truly global business, that may mean dealing with awkward timezone differences to ask questions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great!

    Former Employee - Enginerring Intern in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Enginerring Intern in Raleigh, NC

    I worked at Red Hat as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Open source way of doing things. Great work culture

    Cons

    Project specific , you need to land in a good team to enjoy the work.

  9.  

    Growing company, great potential for career advancement.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Red Hat

    Pros

    With the right management structure, lots of ability to change roles to fit current interests and needs.

    Cons

    Corporate structure has grown and core OSS values have been de-emphasized.

    Approves of CEO
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    Current Employee - MIddleware Sales Specialist in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - MIddleware Sales Specialist in Cincinnati, OH

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

    Pros

    Great company. Employees are passionate about the company's mission and objectives.

    Cons

    Smaller company (6,000) employees, so there is not an unlimited number of resources as compared to an Oracle or Microsoft.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    I get to do what I love to do

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    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer

    I have been working at Red Hat full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    I work remote. They care more about results than hours worked. I get to work with the open source community. The managers have a high respect for their engineers. Everyone I work with is a team player, there's no dead weight. It's hard to write 20 words about the"cons" of working here ;-)

    Cons

    They really want you to share hotel rooms when you travel. You have to give weekly status reports. You have to take ethics training once a year (via online).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Add more to the travel budget and let engineers book individual rooms. That will help moral.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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