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Red Hat Farnborough Reviews

Updated February 15, 2017
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Farnborough, Hampshire, South East England, England (UK)

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Pros
  • If you are an Open Source champion, understand the business practices of (in 188 reviews)

  • Very good work/life balance (depends on your manager of course) (in 59 reviews)

Cons
  • The leadership seems to make open source a marketing gimmick to sell books (in 62 reviews)

  • More importantly at least for me: The amazing culture and work life balance more than made up for any doller that I might have been sacrificing (in 20 reviews)

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  1. "Sales"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Farnborough, Hampshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Farnborough, Hampshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great culture, opportunity to contribute to the advancement of open source, opportunity to interact with all levels of management, openness, informal attitude.

    Cons

    UK main office in the middle of nowhere and very cramped and loud, a bigger office closer to London would be better. Many inefficiencies, sometimes to solve an issue you have to raise 10 tickets. Too many layers of management.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce layers of management and ensure that everyone in the company takes ownership of issues and is customer focused.


  2. "Good environment"

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    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Farnborough, Hampshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Farnborough, Hampshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People, technology, formal product training, office, free bus service, office. People are undoubtedly the best asset of this company although there's a sense of being compliant with all the behaviours.

    Cons

    Inexperienced Management with no support from senior management as the company is going through a growth phase. Absence of honest feedback.


  3. "Love this place!!!"

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    Current Employee - Account Manager in Farnborough, Hampshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Farnborough, Hampshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great place to work within IT

    Cons

    Growing pains of a hugely successful company can affect day to day


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Fast growing environment bringing great opportunities for the one willing to do well."

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    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Farnborough, Hampshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Farnborough, Hampshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Red Hat Management spend a lot of time discussing employees and their futures. This unfortunately might not translate well at the employee level. This is a fast growing environment and any employee showing leadership and going the extra miles should be rewarded.
    Any initiative will be good before proved bad. Negative attitude is not tolerated.

    Cons

    Red Hat is growing so fast that internal processes and tools as not able to cope properly. This is being reviewed but it take far too long to implement.

    Advice to Management

    As the company is growing, it is important for Executive to remain close to the employees as this is getting lost in time.


  5. "Customer Engagement Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Customer Engagement Designer in Farnborough, Hampshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Customer Engagement Designer in Farnborough, Hampshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    In general I like the flexible time and the relaxed atmosphere.
    Work from home is great, especially for families.
    The management is quite involved in making you advance.

    Cons

    There are long work hours and it's necessary to travel frequently.
    London is close, but it's quite expensive.
    Farnborough is great for family life, less so for a single person.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great company, continued growth"

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    Current Employee - Sales in Farnborough, Hampshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Sales in Farnborough, Hampshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great culture, great people, very successful over the long term (20 years) , continued growth in portfolio, revenue, people, places of operation and customer base. High quality product. Many new opportunities created for employees by continued growth.

    Cons

    No big ones I I can think of - like most big listed companies red `hat has challenges in admin process and governance as compliance is viewed a critical part of business integrity.

    Advice to Management

    Keep growing the company, get the acquisitions integrated faster.


  7. Helpful (13)

    "Worst ever in a 15 years' span"

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    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Farnborough, Hampshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Farnborough, Hampshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Career development only if you get under someone's wings

    Cons

    The Company is filled-up with people that only are thinking of retaining their actual place, no desire in developing the newcomers into other positions

    Advice to Management

    Their Managers need a complete face-lift


  8. Helpful (8)

    "Extremely unpleasant experience"

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    Former Employee - Inside Sales Account Manager in Farnborough, Hampshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Account Manager in Farnborough, Hampshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    OpenSource Products, best in their class

    Cons

    Departments are self-contained clusters driven by incapable Managers; should any one of them in U.K. or Germany not like you, forget about carrier or making plans for the future, you are out!!

    Advice to Management

    Make way for real Managers, go play golf or with your dolls


  9. Helpful (9)

    "Negative"

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    Former Employee - Inside Sales Account Manager in Farnborough, Hampshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Account Manager in Farnborough, Hampshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great reach to latest in IT

    Cons

    In U.K. They use people as thermometers and make sure there are enough borderline characters within the Organization


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Enterprise or Startup"

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    Former Employee - Senior Recruiter in Farnborough, Hampshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Recruiter in Farnborough, Hampshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Red Hat has some great people particularly on the technical side. They have develop some great solutions and technologies that have change the market place certainly with Linux Red Hat and Jboss. Great place to be if you are developer. Lots of good interesting projects to get involved with. New ways of thinking and a real chance to develop your skill set to your own benefit.

    Cons

    Red Hat are making that transition from startup to enterprise, certain people cannot make that change and are holding the company back. Expect to be micro managed, expect a culture of blame down from some managers to their team and individual contributors.
    The company wastes a lot of time on reporting who is doing what, so much so that they are wasting huge amount of resources doing so.
    There is a strong sense of dis-jointment between the sales and the rest of the organisation.
    As a smaller enterprise there is a lot of favouritism that goes within the organisation. If you are not one of the favourites do not expect much chance of career progression and be prepare used to further the career of others.

    Advice to Management

    Look at getting rid of people who are clearly happier in a start up environment particular within the management level. Work closer with the sales teams so the rest of the organisation understands what a Enterprise company needs to do to survive and growth. Overall to many bad managers and leaders around who need to got rid off, they are ultimately holding the company back as they look after their careers first not the interests of Red Hat and it shareholders. Red Hat have small number of very good industry leaders / managers who are been held back by others.


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