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Updated February 14, 2015
Updated February 14, 2015
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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.  

    Very fun company to work for!

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    Former Intern - Software Engineer in Westford, MA
    Former Intern - Software Engineer in Westford, MA

    I worked at Red Hat as an intern

    Pros

    The work-life balance is very good, and you feel very comfortable moving around the office and talking to people.

    Cons

    Some of the coworkers can be rocky at first

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

    Good experience overall, but it's changing. In a couple years, could be meh.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    - Chance to work different technologies
    - Change from one job to another is usually not a huge problem.
    - Good smart people to work with( but I suppose smart people are everywhere)
    - They don't skip on hardware. You get the tools to do the job.

    Cons

    - Biggest con is that it is rapidly loosing it's OSS atmosphere. The company has been full throttle hiring middle management from places like IBM, EMC, etc (rather than internal promotions) who are in turn making Red Hat policy and atmosphere like one of those bureaucratic companies. There have been some high profile exits due to this.
    - Stock plan is disappearing. They have done away with stock grants to new hires and instead of a fairly broad based granting process, it's now only a select few who obtain stock grants. This is completely different from 3-4 years ago.
    - Training can be a pro or con. Restriction in travel budgets have occurred more frequently than in the past.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember the OSS spirit. I realize you want to stuff your pockets with stock, but in doing so, you are destroying the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 7 people found this helpful  

    Fun place to work, but there is too much favoritism.

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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Choose Your Own Adventure

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westford, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westford, MA

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

    Pros

    Exceptional work/life balance
    Open company culture
    Choose your own career path
    Tons of opportunities to work with other teams and develop new skills
    Company travel for events and conferences
    Work remotely or from other offices worldwide
    Great comp and benefits
    Intelligent people and very collaborative environment

    Cons

    Can be a lack of communication between departments
    Processes are still being developed
    Some growing pains from such fast growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    A rare company that practices what it preaches

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    • 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
  7.  

    Principal Software Engineer

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (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
  8.  

    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 (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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (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
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Lots of opportunity to work on open source, poorly run internal projects and products.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Westford, MA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Westford, MA

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

    Pros

    Red Hat is committed to open source development and if you want to work in that environment and not have a company hassle you about participating in the open source community, Red Hat is good.

    Cons

    Very weak regional office representation. Weak brand identity in the software industry. Confusion among customers about what Red Hat does (Linux? JBoss? Something with Cloud?). Little to no recognition for significant project contributions. Low pay for the industry and very low raises. No guidance for career path and impossible internal mobility.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase investment in associates. Pay and benefits should be more competitive for the industry. Guidance and plans should be in place for people wanting to grow their career. Internal mobility should be possible.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Westford, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Westford, MA

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

    Pros

    Red Hat has strong company values, and a unique business model that makes it well positioned for success. It is a medium sized company with a big company presence

    Cons

    Office locations are far from city centers. I think this is a strategic move to keep real estate costs down, but I also believe it makes current employees unhappy and detracts against getting the "right kind" of new employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Expand closer to Boston to attract talent

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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