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Updated January 22, 2018
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  • Middle management in Latin America has not understood the Open Source culture yet (in 64 reviews)

  • difficult to maintain work life balance (in 27 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (3)

    "Best Place I've Ever Worked"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 (1)

    "Strategic Account Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Strategic Account Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Strategic Account Manager in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Meritocracy, Competitiveness, Ethical, Innovative, customer centric

    Cons

    Rapid growth means growing pains with some internal processes

    Advice to Management

    simplify comp plan, streamline document management, tie marketing more closely to sales than product teams

  3. Helpful (2)

    "The good, the bad"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Finance
    Current Employee - Finance
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You get to work with a lot of great, enthusiastic, and passionate people. Red Hat also offers some of the best benefits of any company in the Triangle

    Cons

    Sometimes it feels like a boys club. I am on the only female reporting to my Director. I often feel left out of the conversation or overlooked, while my male colleagues appear to have a different experience.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the ladies. We have ideas too.


  4. Helpful (5)

    "Toxic Environment - Shady Practices"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Red Hat full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Decent health benefits, not much else.

    Cons

    Management in general, especially sales, is incredibly inept. Management at Red Hat is nearly impossible to fire, even when they have several complaints from an overwhelming majority of their team. In addition, the company creates a revolving door, when good folks leave due to mismanagement.
    -Comp plans and commission structures have become nearly impossible to attain, huge amount of turnover due to recent changes in corporate commission policy.
    -CEO wrote a book that is pure fiction, compared to the day to day real life at the company.
    -Most managers are only concerned with their "sandbox" and making it to retirement.
    -New reps and those promoted to management are typically extended to relatives of current company employees, nepotism is rampant.
    -Very inefficient processes and systems
    -Work/life balance is out the window, quarter end is a nightmare (expected to stay until midnight several days in a row.

    Advice to Management

    -Clean house with poor managers, they're wasting everyone's time and the company's money.
    -Treat your employees like people, not objects.
    -Enhance broken systems and processes


  5. "Great Place"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Everything
    Job
    People
    Atmosphere
    Everything
    This place is great

    Cons

    Don't mess up this place is great

    Advice to Management

    Great Job


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Hands-down, the best Open Source company on the planet"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Success Manager
    Current Employee - Success Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work environment. Collaborative, open, receptive, flexible. Great benefits. Competitive technology.

    Cons

    In some roles, you might find lack of mobility. In some roles, salary isn't as competitive as it should be. YOU own your future at Red Hat. If you don't take the bull by the horns and make your role into what you need/want, then you will stay where you're at.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to people who perform, but don't make a lot of noise. Be sure they get the promotions they deserve-or they might just find a new group, role, or company.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "RH Sales"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Red Hat full-time

    Pros

    Recognized brand and collaborative culture

    Cons

    Leadership not connected to field and getting top heavy with infrastructure (vs execution)
    Acquiring companies that are not market leaders

    Advice to Management

    Rely less on channel and more on sustained client relationships

  8. "Good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Red Hat full-time

    Pros

    Friendly environment, mostly remote work if you support Federal contracts. Free snacks, candy, and beverages.

    Cons

    Limited opportunity depending on your clearance level.


  9. Helpful (14)

    "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.


  10. Helpful (14)

    "Still a boys club..."

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    • Senior Management
    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.


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