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Updated February 15, 2017
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  • Open Source can tend to be on longer release cycles, and things may tend to move slowly (in 60 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 18 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (121)

    "Great company but slowly losing its culture"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Red Hat full-time

    Pros

    - passionate people and fantastic culture
    - great environment to learn and pursue your dreams
    - big company but feels like a start-up; very nimble

    Cons

    Frank Calderoni, the new CFO, is changing the culture for the worse. He is bloating management layers and switching the mindset to a big/ bureaucratic culture. Everything to him is a number, including people. His steady push to layoff people in the US and hire in low cost regions is negatively affecting employee morale. The company currently has positive momentum so it will continue doing well in the market but the effects of Frank's decisions may come to haunt the company soon.

    Advice to Management

    Review CFO decisions and actions.


  2. "Best Opensource company to work for"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Intern in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - IT Intern in Raleigh, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Red Hat (Less than a year)

    Pros

    competitive salary, flexibility, work balance, teamwork, ethics

    Cons

    Open source culture can make it difficult to get things done quickly


  3. "Good place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Consultant in Raleigh, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good pay, smart people, high growth, upward mobility

    Cons

    can be a lot of travel. some of the common pains of a large, publicly traded company.

    Advice to Management

    keep doin what you're doin.


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  5. "Senior Solution Architect"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Solution Architect in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Senior Solution Architect in Raleigh, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Coming from closed source software companies and very large matrixes organizations, I have been thoroughly happy at Red Hat for almost 3 years now.

    Red Hat, an open source software company, brings the open source philosophy into the organization across all teams and levels. Open dialogue is COMPLETELY supported, encouraged and almost never penalized.

    Your ideas are always welcomed with rewards based on Meritocracy. This is very refreshing as a middle line employee.

    Cons

    Compensation tends to be about 10-20% lower than comparable positions within comparable types or companies.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Great Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    OpenSource at the core
    Open Organization
    Still a bottom up culture despite the size and recent growth
    Meritocracy is the model

    Cons

    Few unnecessary Management layers.
    Recent growth has brought in some individuals that are still married to their previous company cultures and ways. While they learn how to be Red Hatters, we can see some negative effects of their past experiences.

    Advice to Management

    It is a challenge to maintain the culture while growing at a tremendous pace, but keep up the good work. Do not add management layers just based on the "numbers". People joining Red Hat are smart and can self-manage. Bottom up culture is great, but you don't need 10,000 employees permission before introducing "every" change. Certain things especially regulatory or policy decisions should be made my senior leadership (because that is what they are hired to do).


  7. "Sales"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great culture and people.

    Cons

    Some growing pains.
    Unrealistic goals

    Advice to Management

    Focus on better operations


  8. Helpful (2)

    "A mixed bag (engineering perspective)"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Raleigh, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Red Hat full-time

    Pros

    Rare opportunity to get paid to work on genuine open source projects. Some very smart people. Most customers are smarter than average too.

    Some technical staff are given huge latitude to pursue their own paths within open source communities.

    The bureaucracy is present, as at any large US company, but rarely gets worse than a bit of benevolent clumsiness.

    Cons

    The company is deeply divided and siloed between the traditional RHEL product and the myriad other product lines brought in via acquisitions. There are continual management initiatives to try and build bridges but they're usually of the "pointy haired" variety and go nowhere. Every 6 months there's a new "common framework for X" project, and another such project quietly dies.

    There is a culture of cheapness, from placing offices in lesser-known towns, to constantly delaying salary cycles, to even asking some staff to share hotel rooms.

    Groups that are supposed to span the silos, like docs and testing (which red hat insists on calling "QE") are weak -- the docs guys are good but too few in number, the testing guys are mostly junior hires who are given more work than they can reasonably be expected to handle.

    Basically, it's a place you can carve out a very comfortable and interesting niche if you want, but to do so you have to be able to tune out the sound of all the chaos and waste around you.

    Advice to Management

    Pay market salaries. Create positions that drive people to jump from Google/Apple/Facebook to Red Hat, and not the other way around.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Went from great to average in 8+ years"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - A pro that doesn't have a caveat is hard to come up with.
    - Remote friendly for the most part, but don't expect travel dollars.
    - Newly created ESPP (better late than never and the result of equity grants being eviscerated)
    - Benefits relatively standard. Nothing sticks out.
    - Opensource, although you can work in opensource in many companies
    - Lots of training available. If you are at a site, you can get all the training/certifications you want for free as long as the classroom has space. But there are no travel dollars for this. If you are remote, this is somewhat of a con. There is a fairly large amount of online training, but nothing that will lead to a cert.
    - Smart tech people, but there are smart people everywhere.
    - The shutdown days have been made into company holidays, so you don't have to burn PTO and essentially get 4 more days off. The con on this is that if you carry over PTO into the following year, you must use it by Feb 15th. If you don't use it, you lose it. Yeah, this is actually a con for many people.
    - Easy to get promoted up to senior level. Promotions are a dime a dozen at the lower levels. Everybody gets promoted. I've seen some people get promoted who really shouldn't be. Principal level is harder, but the domain you work in can make the principal promotion easier. For example you would have to almost be Torvald's deputy to get a principal promotion in kernel space. See cons.

    Cons

    - Equity grants practically non-existent now. No longer have a new hire grant. Retention grants may hit 1 out of 10 employees now and they are so small as to be about $2000 in stock per year. Likely the driver for the new ESPP program.
    - Many management new hires from large behemoth companies. They don't fit here and have created a management versus worker mentality rather than the previous one team mentality. It's ironic because they bring the stuff that didn't work from their old jobs and make Red Hat like the company they left. The "old-timers" who have been promoted to management still walk the talk, but are pressured by these new people and all the junk/process they bring with them.
    - Strange PTO policy. After 5 years you get 3 more days, 10 years another 3 more.
    - There is favoritism. Buddies get the promotions, the money, and the opportunities.
    - Low pay. No formal salary merit increase policy. Your salary used to be reviewed every June, but no more. Seems to be just whenever your manager feels like it. So if you have a cost cutting penny pincher new hire manager from one of those large companies, chances are you won't see an increase and are underpaid. I've heard it may be an 18 mo cycle now, but haven't seen evidence that it's in operation. Besides why 18 months versus a standard 12 month year?
    - There is talk that the bonus could go the way of the equity grants. Sounds like something Frank would want and since he is gone now, this may not materialize.
    - No promotion path after principal. Very few senior principals+ in engineering and non-existent in the support side of the house. The unfortunate result is there is no career path after principal. I've seen quite a few top level people (committers and the like) leave and this along with the other cons is why (particularly the culture change from the new managers).
    - Used to get the tools to do our jobs. No longer do development/tech employees get workstations. You used to get a laptop and a workstation, but no longer. You get a laptop. The result is people self fund their hardware. Likely the change was some great idea from one of the new managers.

    Advice to Management

    They no longer want to hear it. You need to keep your nose down in this environment nowday. "Troublemakers" don't get put on a list, but they won't get the promotions, the money, or the opportunities.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Good company but culture is near gone."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager
    Current Employee - Account Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work/life balance, good benefits. Pay is comparable with other tech companies this size. And the portfolio should make RH a player for the foreseeable future.

    Cons

    Lacking in diversity, tough to break into the good ol boy network that exists, especially at headquarters. Growth is tough as hiring from the outside seems to be the thing now.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on diversifying your workforce. Everyone looks the same, came from the same school, same background. Tough to grow without different ideas/opinions.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Overall good experience."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Director in Raleigh, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Energetic and fast moving. Lots of opportunity for growing yourself and for working with great people. Not going to be bored.

    Cons

    Growing pains as the company tries to scale. Many things happening quickly that need to get done. Sometimes not clear what this means.



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