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  1.  

    Would be hard to leave

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    • 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
  2.  

    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

  3.  

    Great Work Environment. Not so competitive pay.

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    • 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 a 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
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  5.  

    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

  6.  

    Awesome company, love working here!

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

    I have been working at Red Hat full-time (less than a 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
  7. 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 a 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
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Outstanding products and brilliant coworkers

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Raleigh, NC

    I worked at Red Hat full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Truly lives up to the term "collaboration" and breathes the open source principles in day-to-day operations. Some truly brilliant coworkers who are passionate about what they do. The learning curve is very steep, but the environment is supportive and tech support engineers gain experience very quickly. Train every TSE for RHCE and require they attain it to maintain their position. Continue to develop internal and external tools to streamline workflow and make the organization more efficient.

    Cons

    The compensation is far from competitive. This aids in attracting those who are passionate about the technology and open source culture; however, it is difficult to raise a family and pay debts on the poor pay. Also causes a constant churn of the most skilled engineers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make the pay more competitive. You don't have to lead the pack, but reduce the gap.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    Great place to work with some growing pains

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  10.  

    Overall good experience with a growing industry leader

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    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
  11.  

    A rare company that practices what it preaches

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