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Red Hat Raleigh Reviews

Updated December 8, 2017
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  • Middle management in Latin America has not understood the Open Source culture yet (in 64 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 25 reviews)

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  1. "Best Place I've Ever Worked"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Writer in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Technical Writer in Raleigh, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Wonderful environment where your coworkers actually listen to you!
    - Freedom to shape your career into what you want it to be.
    - Quarterly bonuses are fantastic..
    - Intelligent, collaborative, and fun coworkers.
    - Fantastic work/life balance.
    - People say thank you. I feel appreciated.

    Cons

    I love Red Hat, but it's not for everyone. The freedom to say what you think and be heard means that Red Hat can be chaotic and difficult. Sometimes, it's hard to move forward because everyone has an opinion. Still, I wouldn't work anywhere else.
    Some of the managers are young and inexperienced, so you may have to be patient with them. They seem to be open to learning and growing though.

    Advice to Management

    Keep using the Open Decision Framework and listening to your people. Red Hat is special. We are all afraid it will lose some of its magic as it continues to grow. Continue to focus on hiring people who can handle the chaos and thrive in the Red Hat environment.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Still a boys club..."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Fantastic benefits
    - Management aside - Great culture
    - Company has a strong set of products and is well positioned for the future
    - People who are passionate about open source and solving problems

    Cons

    - Poor leadership from a manager and director level
    - Ineffective HR
    - Promotions and succession plans highly subjective and based on friendships, favoritism.
    - Still a boys club

    Advice to Management

    Stop spending money on stickers, koozies, puzzles, Lacroix and other tchotchkes. Put your efforts towards what really matters... your employees. Why are you allowing sexual harassment? Why are managers being allowed to bully their employees? Red Hat is not what it once was.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Red Hat: Ideal vs Actual"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Red Hat (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The company's ideals are amazing (open source principals).

    Cons

    Implementation of ideals were not congruent with ideals. People team (HR) stifled career growth (both compensation wise and responsibility wise) and had layers of micromanagement. Many employees were not actually skilled (poor hiring practices) and were in positions of power simply by virtue of being there during high growth. They were afraid of being exposed and would hide their incompetence behind micromanagement and fear based leadership styles.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Sweat Shop"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Engineer in Raleigh, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay is good, lots of really smart people.

    Cons

    You will be expected to work ALL THE TIME. ALL the time.

    Advice to Management

    Get your managers to lead, not drive, their employees.


  5. Helpful (10)

    "Great people to work with but leadership is driving the best ones away"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Red Hat full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    - The people at Red Hat are some of the most hardworking, genuine, collaborative, supportive and fun-loving people I have ever had the pleasure to work with. There is a sense of comradery that is unique and empowering (but that happens when people feel like they are going into battle everyday together).
    - When leadership gets out of the way and trusts the team leaders and associates, there are amazing results created by phenomenal teams.
    - There are pockets within the company that truly embrace and foster the culture and core values. Most of these pockets exist in the areas that deal directly with customers.

    Cons

    - Back Office management and leadership are not able to get out of their own way to allow people to develop processes and policies to support the growth that the company is experiencing. Stale leadership causes there to be missed opportunities and does not allow for trust in the associates to innovate and help grow the company to its fullest potential.
    - Lack of accountability within leadership trickles down and impacts the team and projects. There is an aversion to setting clear success measures for internal projects which leads to failures on many levels that are not acknowledged, addressed or corrected.
    - The high performers are overburdened and the underperforming favorites are given the opportunities to take on large stretch assignments. When they inevitably do not deliver, the work/responsibilities are passed on to the high performers to clean up or take the blame OR the project is abandoned all together without acknowledgement or lessons learned from the failure.
    - Work life balance is poor for high performers. Low performers are rarely coached nor are deficiencies addressed . They are allowed to stay and some times are promoted which is the opposite of meritocracy.
    - Management will hire subject matter experts but will not listen to them if it does not align with their personal agendas.
    - Politics runs rampant and is difficult to navigate. This is due to the lack of accountability and tendency to give in to big egos or insecurities.

    Advice to Management

    - Review the meaning of the word meritocracy and then apply it without letting your egos and favoritism get in the way.
    - Follow the example of integrity and work ethic that the majority of associates display.
    - Truly embrace and live Red Hat’s core values. They are not just cool things you say you believe to attract top talent.
    - Remember that you have amazing associates that love the company and sacrifice so much for Red Hat. These people choose to work there; do not treat them like they are disposable and do not matter. You are not doing people a favor by ‘choosing’ to hire them. They are doing the company a favor by sharing their skills and expertise with Red Hat.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "mythbuster"

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    Former Employee - Associate Creative Director in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Associate Creative Director in Raleigh, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    you can tell people you work at red hat and they ooo and ahh

    Cons

    parking for certain but there's really nothing happening here. a place where friends hire friends and the place wreaks of nepotism. if you cant play the corporate dummy employee card, stay clear.
    this establishment will drain your creativity. its a myth what a great place this is supposed to be to work. it's mediocrity at its best.

    Advice to Management

    fire the HR dept and start over


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Software Developer"

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    Current Employee - Software Developer in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Raleigh, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Great work environment
    - Great PTO and benefits

    Cons

    None that I can think of.

    Advice to Management

    - Keep up the good work and being a positive influence to your employees.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Awesome place to work!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    friendly work atmosphere, down to earth management

    Cons

    none that I can think of!


  9. "Smart people, smart workplace"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Raleigh, NC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart people everywhere you look. People who aren't bright don't last long at Red Hat.

    Good benefits package. There's a strong emphasis on healthy living, including taking care of family.

    Cons

    Sometimes pay is competitive, sometimes not.

    A lot of your impression of any workplace depends on your individual manager, and the same is true of Red Hat. Not every manager at Red Hat is a superstar, but several are.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Software Maintenance Engineer"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Maintenance Engineer in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Senior Software Maintenance Engineer in Raleigh, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Challenging issues, good amount of freedom, WFH available, Weekend / Holiday pay, great culture, decent communication between support / DEV / QA / PM.

    Cons

    Weekend / Holiday work, progress can be slow on fixes / features, documentation can be tricky / needs to be created ad hoc.

    Advice to Management

    I think ya'll are doing great, keep up the good work.


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