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Updated May 20, 2018
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Pros
  • My manager actually supports and focuses on family work/life balance (in 77 reviews)

  • Big picture Open Source - anderer Weg mit klarer Abgrenzung vom restlichen Softwaremarkt - intrinsische Motivation f (in 228 reviews)

Cons
  • The work-life balance is a little bit of a problem for people working in technical Support (in 29 reviews)

  • Sometimes product strategy is muddled because of reliance on open source upstream (in 64 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (15)

    "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. "Passion, talent, a little skimpy on pay"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bellingham, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bellingham, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Talented engineers, passionate about open source. Open/transparent culture. Management really cares about your long-term happiness and will help you find ways to work towards your career goals. Working with the latest technology to stabilize it for enterprise use.

    Cons

    Salary is a bit low compared to other companies, but the benefits and work/life balance help even that out. Sometimes individual teams can lack leadership or fall into states of dysfunction, but it really depends on your immediate team. And you can always switch to another department (like I did... twice).

    Advice to Management

    Every Engineering and Ops team needs a team lead. I've seen too much chaos come from leaving that position unfilled. We need someone to unify the team's direction, to approve/disapprove of ideas, to provide guidance. Otherwise it's an open-source free-for-all where voting on every little idea slows us down.

  3. Helpful (6)

    "Project Manager"

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

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

    Pros

    Snacks, Stickers, decent benefits, free parking

    Cons

    senior management has no respect for my role and does not understand my value. Refuses to give clear guidance on how to improve my performance to get an increased bonus. Unable to get promoted even after meeting all requirements.
    There is this promotion that they are open and transparent but its all a facade.

    Advice to Management

    educate yourself on your team's roles and have some humility. Learn to respect people for their knowledge


  4. "Good place to work remotely"

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    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    * Friendly and flexible management
    * Very supportive of remote workers
    * Excellent technical environment
    * Very inclusive and open

    Cons

    * Focus on being inclusive and open can be annoying


  5. "Software Maintenance Engineer"

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

    I worked at Red Hat full-time

    Pros

    enterprising, always room for growth.

    Cons

    Someone always eats the last bagel or donut.

    Advice to Management

    great


  6. "Technical Writer"

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

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

    Pros

    My manager is incredibly supportive. The engineering team I work with is open, friendly, and communicative. The overall atmosphere is positive. I have been here just under a year and I am happier at Red Hat than at any other company I have worked for.

    Cons

    I don't have any to share! That says it all.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Tough environment to get used to"

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    Former Employee - User Experience in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - User Experience in Raleigh, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart people who work hard

    Cons

    Power hungry leaders who are slow to deliver

    Advice to Management

    Remember why you are at Red Hat

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Somewhat OPEN"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Collaborative work environment that provides a solid benefits package for young families.

    Cons

    Flat organization with little potential for sustained career growth.

    Advice to Management

    Enable pathways for growth throughout the organization.


  9. "Great Place"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mid in Norfolk, VA
    Current Employee - Mid in Norfolk, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Innovative company and great culture

    Cons

    None, they really make it a great place to work

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up


  10. "Good Company"

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and decent salary

    Cons

    The location is a little far out


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