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Pros
  • "Great work life balance, open development model(in 126 reviews)

  • "great culture and small office makes it more personal(in 101 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Work life balance pretty much non-existent in finance(in 40 reviews)

  • "Expected growing pains of a startup growing into a full organization(in 35 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year
      Featured Review

      Great people make a great company

      Nov 18, 2020 - Senior Consultant in Omaha, NE
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great culture. Highly intelligent people across all roles. People help each other out. Very nice overall compensation package (Decent medical insurance options, HSA seeding, 401k matching, ample PTO and holidays, annual company-wide holiday shutdown, bonus plans, stock grants to reward performance, WFH was common even before COVID, etc). Lots of learning and development opportunities. Engaged upper management team. Employees are treated like real people, every time. Strong advocate of open source software.

      Cons

      As with probably any company that attracts highly skilled and motivated people, there is always a lot happening. That makes it difficult for those (like me) who try to keep ahead of everything. People tend to work much beyond what is required.

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      3 people found this review helpful
    2. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Great opportunities and culture

      May 17, 2021 - Senior Director in Boston, MA
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      Pros

      excellent people, fascinating and competitive space and world class products

      Cons

      work can be siloed at times

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    3. 1.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Destructive Toxic culture

      Apr 10, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good brand. There are some exciting projects depending on which you are part of. Good benefits and people team has done a great job ensuring employees during Covid. There is some really great talent here but I fear they are on their way out because of the cons I’ll address.

      Cons

      When people talk about open culture at this place it always concerns me. Lot of inappropriate behavior goes unchecked in the name of open culture. People bashing each other openly on mailing lists in the name of open culture is not great culture. This is destructive toxic culture. Many folks I know feel unsafe about discussing actual issues that matter. Performance management is a joke. Lot of rest and vest kind of behavior. The talent gap is significant. Hiring bar these days is pretty mediocre. Depending on which BU your in you can get some good bonus and hikes. Let’s talk about open source. There are some really amazing contributions from Red hat. However there are also projects people work on with absolutely no goal. There is really no dollar cost value mapped to some open source projects and people contribute just in the name of open source. Product Management is generally clueless about the direction. There are some teams who don’t even have a PM and they just make up requirements as they go and hope for some customer adoption.

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      13 people found this review helpful
    4. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Great Company Culture

      May 17, 2021 - Employment Consultant in Raleigh, NC
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      Pros

      Embrace the idea of open and free decision making. Every member of the team is valued

      Cons

      Cannot think of any at the moment.

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    5. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Experience depends on manager and projects

      Apr 25, 2021 - Associate Consultant 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - comfortable place to get a paycheck - good, fun people (sometimes dependent on location and project) and activities - opportunities to try different role verticals (software consultant to project management, etc) - fun, huge yearly tech conference where all the consultants get paid to network and learn in one place

      Cons

      I would not join Red Hat as a new grad if looking to grow as a software engineer. That being said, people's experience here can vary depending on management. My manager was nice, but not a good manager. - kind of like a cult - limited opportunity to grow as software engineer, especially with modern tech stack - inconsistent information on how to earn bonus/promotion/grow depending on your manager - growth as software engineer depends on what projects you get placed on early on and who the senior consultants are/how much mentorship they provide - can get away with doing nothing (maybe this is a pro?). I felt like my career was dying before it even started - depending on location, starting salary below average for tech job and role (but other places are above average...)

      4 people found this review helpful
    6. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Management lies about the culture; only deadlines and profit matter

      Mar 22, 2021 - Software Engineer in Raleigh, NC
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      Pros

      The Raleigh office has an indoor gym.

      Cons

      Management fires anyone who doesn’t get issues done as fast as other members on the team, including firing new or younger developers with less experience simply because they’re not as fast as the more senior developers. They constantly compare you to others who work overtime and say you’re not getting enough done. Deadlines and appearing to be on schedule are more important than any of the values they claim to have. They lie about giving you 20% time devoted to your own projects. They lie about letting you use whichever tool you’re most comfortable with. They constantly micromanage and bully you by assigning ‘mentors’ AKA ‘spies’ that are informing your manager of any flaws you may have and telling you that you suck and don’t get enough done. They give you a 90 day goals and expectations and even though you meet and exceed everything on that paper, if they don’t like you as a person none of that matters and they invent new goals at the end and pretend that you were supposed to have met that invisible goal. They lie about you and make up untrue assumptions about you, and then spread those lies to others and to HR to get you fired. It’s a very toxic environment.

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      11 people found this review helpful
    7. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Public sector is crumbling

      Apr 1, 2021 - Principal Consultant 
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      Pros

      Delivery consists of top-tier talent Lower-to-middle level management really try, but are limited by senior leadership Tons of better opportunities outside of the public sector consulting team if you're able to escape

      Cons

      Morale is at rock bottom. Tons of people very displeased and unable to clearly express their concerns without fear of recourse. Leadership is stuck in the past. Looking for an easy solution by making questionable hiring decisions externally.

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      11 people found this review helpful
    8. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      You get out what you out in

      Apr 7, 2021 - Sales Associate in New York, NY
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      Pros

      - You will get out of Red Hat that which you put in and have flexibility in career - The pay isn't bad compared to other non-vendor similar positions - The expectations of work before everything are definitely not there and it's not a cutthroat environment amongst colleagues in similar roles

      Cons

      - The rewards for equal effort aren't equitably distributed and the flexibility isn't tied to your professional output but rather to the management you happen to report - Diversity and Inclusion is more talk than action and HR or People Team are more ombudsmen or a buffer between employee and management than true HR - Change for change sake often leads to duplicative and redundant roles - Very little mandate to affect or enfirce said change thus your exposure & therefore influence beyond your small sphere of contacts is limited by a very oddly matrixed yet heirarchical org/reporting chart/chain. - Meritocracy isn't a good thing, it marginalizes those whom are unsuccessful branding them somehow less fit

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      4 people found this review helpful
    9. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      as a long-time Software Quality Engineer

      Apr 1, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Red Hat work environment is very open and encouraging. Software Quality Engineer (QE) in Red Hat usually takes responsibilities way beyond just testing software. Depending on the experiences and projects, QE will also need to develop test plan/cases/automation and communicate with counterparts in Dev/PM/Support etc, thus we have opportunities to grow in many aspects. Also QE can contribute to whichever project they'd like, and due to Red Hat is fully open-source, there is hardly any limit on where to share your codes or technical blogs.

      Cons

      Red Hat has huge and comprehensive portfolio. QE in different product departments could work in completely different ways. Usually QE are much closer to non-QE functions on the same product line - than fellow QE on different products. Trying to find common ground across multiple QE teams are challenging.

      1 person found this review helpful
    10. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Fantastic company

      May 14, 2021 - Principal Architect in Malabar, FL
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great management, looks out for employees, genuinely cares about work / life balance.

      Cons

      Can be difficult for individuals to be recognized.

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