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Updated August 1, 2015
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  1. 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.


  2. 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.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Great people, interesting and challenging work and fun environment

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

    I have never been bored! As the company has grown and evolved I have seen many challenges. But, everyone has always been willing to roll up their sleeves to help make improvements.

    Cons

    I honestly cannot contribute to highlighting any cons. That would imply that I have no power over the things that bother me. I have a voice for change at Red Hat.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to stay connected and remain focused on what matters to customers, partners and employees.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Great place

    • 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
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Work Environment is really great

    Cons

    Pay Scale really needs to catch up to industry

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


  6. Helpful (4)

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

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nice people, opportunity are there to explore. Lots of young talent right. Open to new ideas on occasion. Good on site perks.

    Cons

    Low focus on processes and scaling to be larger. Although global, mindset is not. Compensation is lower than market so they need to level the population to keep associates in the near future.

    Advice to Management

    Meritocracy does not equal who is in the inner circle.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Just started

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in San Jose, CA

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very cool open-source company to work for. Culture is awesome! Manager is really awesome and understanding.

    Cons

    havent worked here long enought to contribute


  8. Helpful (11)

    The dream vs. The reality...

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Territory Account Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Territory Account Manager in San Francisco, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Fast paced, friendly, cutting-edge technology, exceptional space for company growth, competitive pay and benefits, the ability to offer your technology customers valuable options.

    Cons

    Kludgy processes lead to a rudderless feel. Countless, mis-matched internal tools create a massive time suck. Internal policies are poorly communicated. Management promotions appear to be based on seniority and/or nepotism vs. qualifications. Managers are rewarded for instituting/perpetuating a status-quo culture- despite a company mission directly counter to such behavior. Too many 'what the heck does that job title mean' jobs being created, indicating mission creep/ turf growth...

    Advice to Management

    Senior management: Engage more frequently with line staff. Quarterly platitudes are a poor substitute for keeping your finger on the pulse of the business. Dip your heads into the business- sales specifically, and identify which managers are driving business 'The Red Hat Way' and which are treading water in an effort to hold onto an unmerited income while making management decisions often contrary to the company's best interests. On paper, Red Hat is an ideal company. In reality, the dream is subverted by self-serving actors. The only way for the company to overcome this weakness is for senior management to fully engage in the business and hold middle management accountable. Haha;). Current executive compensation being what it is- the party line is "keep smiling and don't change a thing" which could even remotely interrupt the gravy train...


  9. Good culture, growing company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Good culture, decent benefits, young but growing company

    Cons

    Not much mobility in finance department


  10. Helpful (5)

    Not what I expected...

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

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

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Challenging. If you thrive, you stand to learn and grow much. - Awesome name on resume - Very smart co-workers

    Cons

    - Compensation. The amount of work being done, with the level that it is accomplished at, leaves the compensation below industry. - Travel - Work life balance. - At times, felt like staff augmentation. - Some frustrating coworkers. Culture of complete transparency can lead to lots of pedantic debates.

    Advice to Management

    - Reach out to consultants not working in Red Hat offices.


  11. Helpful (7)

    Full of opportunities - both technical and leadership

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Flexible work environment, fantastic attitude amongst most of the employees, excellent corporate leadership including CEO, CFO, and CIO

    Cons

    On occasion, like most companies, there is a bit of politics going on. Not near as bad as many companies I have been at though.



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