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Raleigh, NC
10000+ employees
Company - Public (RHT)
Computer Hardware & Software
$2 to $5 billion (USD) per year

Working at Red Hat

Red Hat is the world’s leading provider of enterprise open source software solutions and services, using a community-powered approach to deliver reliable and high-performing Linux, hybrid cloud, container, and Kubernetes technologies. Red Hat helps customers develop ... Read more

Mission: To be the catalyst in communities of customers, contributors, and partners creating better technology the open source way.

Glassdoor Awards

Best Places to Work: 2016 (#37), 2014 (#23), 2013 (#33)

Top CEOs: 2016 (#10)

Company Updates

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    An internship gives you unique insight into life at Red Hat. You'll work within a department, like Sales or Finance, but you will also have the opportunity to come together with all of our interns and learn from each other.

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Red Hat – Why Work For Us?

More than just a job
Red Hat is where the most passionate, creative, and high-performing people in the tech industry come together to make a difference. We build and support the only fully open source technology stack, and we're passionate about showing the world the power of the open source way.

At Red Hat, our work feels important because it is. Transparency and collaboration are changing the world, and we've proven that you can build a company on those principles. Every day is full of opportunities for you to contribute your ideas, help solve complex problems, and have a meaningful, tangible impact.

Our diverse, inclusive meritocracy
As an open source leader, our business depends on diverse groups of people coming together to share ideas, collaborate, and spur innovation.

At Red Hat, diversity fuels our meritocratic culture by bringing in more participants and ideas and challenging our assumptions. We are committed to growing diversity and inclusion both at Red Hat and in the communities in which we work and live.

Diversity and inclusion within Red Hat
Internally, we are building an inclusive culture where diverse perspectives are valued through programs like our Diversity + Inclusion Communities (what other companies call employee resource groups), learning opportunities on topics like inclusive teamwork, and more.

Sharing the power of open source
Red Hat supports many programs that are designed to get traditionally underrepresented groups involved in open source, like Outreachy, CO.LAB, Open Source Day at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, and much more. We also created the Women in Open Source Awards to shine a light on the valuable contributions women are making to the open source movement.

Learn more about what we’re doing to make Red Hat and open source more diverse and inclusive.

Find out what it’s like to work here
Most companies describe what you will experience on their best days. We think it's more useful to know what you can expect from a typical day here. Find out if Red Hat is right for you.

We're leaders in a movement that's bigger than ourselves. We work to defend software freedom, connect people and ideas, and show the world the power of the open source way.

We're energized by our work and expect to be heard. Our passion inspires us to explore new technologies and ideas. It pushes us to work harder and create better things for the world.

Anyone can contribute their ideas, and your ability to influence isn't defined by a job title. Red Hatters like solving problems. They're dedicated to sharing information and making a difference.

This is a fast-paced, ever-changing business, and we contribute to some of the most interesting trends in technology. You have the chance to make an impact and grow beyond the job you were hired for.

Freedom, courage, commitment, accountability. All lived in balance.

Red Hatters hold each other accountable for living our four values in balance.

As a company, we are like a ship that rights itself when we lean too heavily in the direction of any one of these four values. Our values help us sustain our culture amidst growth and change. It isn't always easy for people who naturally gravitate toward freedom or courage to work with those who lean more toward accountability or commitment. With diversity of thought comes tension and conflict, and our values help us find a path forward.

Get from where you are to where you want to be

There's no such thing as an ordinary day at Red Hat. We hire creative, passionate students who are ready to work and learn within an innovative and dynamic company.

We have an open and collaborative culture that's based on meritocracy—letting the best ideas win. Freedom and courage are two of our core values, which is why our interns need to be comfortable taking risks and exploring the unknown. Yet being a Red Hatter isn't just about boldness; it's also about demonstrating commitment and being held accountable by colleagues.

"As soon as I set foot in the Red Hat offices, I was encouraged to give feedback and share ideas." - Casey, Marketing & social media intern

Opportunities are open. Join us.

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    "Great place to work."

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    Good place to work, the sheer amount of stuff available to learn and do while working here is staggering, not only within your own team but outside as well . Red Hat is about culture, the culture fit is as important as the job fit. If you fit the culture, you'll thrive. If not, you will not last long.


    Being a remote employee at Red Hat can be a very lonely experience Sometimes it doesn't even feel like you work for the company, just that you exist as a person who does things and gets paid..

    Advice to Management

    With the IBM acquisition there is a real fear of the Red Hat culture dying. Protect it!

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Red Hat Interviews



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    I applied through a recruiter. I interviewed at Red Hat (San Diego, CA) in August 2017.


    A Red Hat recruiter (OK, "Talent Acquisition Specialist" :-) ) contacted me about this position. He explained that the interview process would probably take about three weeks due to the schedules of various involved individuals. I spoke with the manager who will be my direct supervisor first a couple of days after initial contact. He was very personable, and it was clear that they're looking for personality and cultural fit as well as technical expertise. A few days after that, I had a second phone interview with a senior architect where the questions became more technical, but it was still clear that wasn't all they wanted. Both of these interviewers were clearly very happy with their jobs and careers, and that was really exciting. In most cases, there would have been a phone call with the account exec that the position is to support (turns out I already knew him, so we skipped that part!) followed by an in-person panel type of interview, which we also skipped... apparently they were already satisfied that I was their guy :-) All in all, it was a very positive experience for me, and made me even more excited to join the team!

    I had talked with Red Hat previously about a different role, which included more travel than I was comfortable with. Those who want to work with Red Hat should be aware that a lot of travel is likely to be part of the deal for some positions. Also, that last time, I had taken their HackerRank test, which is very similar to an RHCSA / RCHE exam. You will NOT be able to fake your way through that. Having a Red Hat certification in hand is very helpful, as they know what that means. And if you aren't really excited about Red Hat and have a certain basic amount of knowledge of their products, you likely won't make it far in the process. Everyone I've dealt with loves working here, and it's clear they're well taken care of. But that means they can afford to be picky.

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    • Many questions involved my experience with or knowledge of an array of Red Hat products or specific Linux technologies, like SELinux and firewalld.   Answer Question
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Red Hat Awards & Accolades

  • Most Innovative Company List, Forbes, 2014
  • The Best Cloud Computing Companies And CEOs To Work For, Forbes, 2016
  • Top 50 Best Places to Work, Glassdoor, 2016
  • Best Tech Company to Work For, Singapore Computer Society, 2017
  • 100 Top Companies With Remote Jobs, FlexJobs, 2016
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