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Updated October 19, 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 24 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (10)

    "It’s a cult"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Red Hat full-time

    Pros

    Some really good smart people work there

    Cons

    cult like organization. You are either in or out. Lack of diversity. Terrible managers who don't treat people with respect. Very political environment. If you happen to be a white male it's a great place to work. If you're a minority, good luck.

    Advice to Management

    Fix the toxic culture, bad leadership or you will keep losing good people.


  2. Helpful (7)

    "Worst place I've ever worked!"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Professional in Westford, MA
    Former Employee - Administrative Professional in Westford, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Convenient for me in terms of commute!

    Cons

    Inflexible, toxic and hostile work invironment,

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to toxic admin teams!

  3. Helpful (8)

    "Senior Director"

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    Current Employee - Senior Director
    Current Employee - Senior Director
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great free snack and drinks program

    Cons

    Meritocracy is abused. The loudest voices are heard not necessarily the important ones. Very immature organization. Weak and inexperienced leadership


  4. Helpful (20)

    "Suffers from Major Dysfunction Syndrome"

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

    I worked at Red Hat (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    It has gone downhill significantly.

    Cons

    Extreme dysfunction. Starts at the top. Good people leave, and they blame them for all that went wrong--and yet, the same problems exist. Look in the mirror.

    Blame game. There is no accountability, especially with senior leaders, so they blame and point fingers at others.

    No trust or collaboration. Leaders don't trust one another, so they expect us to work around teams, even when it's detrimental to the company. Set up a competing and redundant team. Spend money on outside help. Don't share information when asked.

    Culture is like a cult. If you are new, you are viewed with suspicion. Ironically, they are not open to new perspectives even if it's more effective.

    Advice to Management

    You will eventually implode. My advice is for those who will replace you. Learn from the previous team of what not to do.


  5. Helpful (10)

    "The emperors new clothes doesn't wash anymore"

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    Former Employee - Senior Principal Architect in Newark, NJ
    Former Employee - Senior Principal Architect in Newark, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Red Hat (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great company, great staffers in engineering and platform, middleware and in the sales teams. How they manage to create such output when they're led so badly is a massive credit to them.
    Red Hat right now still enjoys a good reputation in the OS space but as this is now dropping hugely in the world of containers and Cloud where the OS layer is nowhere near as important it's going to be a fight and it's both technology and fiduciary and I worry for their relevance positioning.
    Good offices, good remote worker support and good HR team who were utterly caned by the idiot former CFO who thought he could repeat Cisco and make this a fit company.

    Cons

    Thankfully the utterly incompetent CFO is now gone but a HUGE amount of poor middle management and regional directors remain. The board need to start culling people. Now, not in 18 months and only taking a look at themselves and seeing where strategic management has failed will breed new innovative repeatable success. Broken processes (Compass ha... yes thats an utter joke) and other platforms fail to deliver to an overpaid Head of HR globally. The whole company lacks the color to change and fails to deliver its expectations because the board don't know what customers actually need. Summit proves this every year.

    Advice to Management

    YOU NEED TO CULL MANAGEMENT AND RESTEER THE COMPANY - NOW, you have no further rope to hang yourselves with. Outside Red Hat the company has a tarnished reputation as the new Oracle and Amazon are eating your breakfast, lunch and dinner.


  6. Helpful (7)

    "Beware of internal politics"

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

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

    Pros

    Good place to pick up new skills

    Cons

    Global sales leaders are difficult to work with and spend more time on internal politics than on running the company. Good luck getting ahead if you are a woman.

    Advice to Management

    Resign and let new leaders refocus the company


  7. Helpful (16)

    "Bad for women in storage sales, harassment"

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    Former Employee - Enterprise Account Executive in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Enterprise Account Executive in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Red Hat full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Teammates were great, made good friends over my five year career in sales. Company still gives out RSUs which is an added bonus.

    Cons

    Male dominated environment in emerging product sales (storage, cloud, middleware). About 50 people within emerging product sales team; only a handful of women. Executive made numerous inappropriate comments to women directly, and relating to women in general. Red Hat is aware but has not done anything to prevent the hostile work environment for women on this team.

    Advice to Management

    Take harassment complaints seriously, especially those pertaining to Executive staff members. Improve diversity within emerging products / storage business unit. Hire Executives that respect people of all backgrounds and gender.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Don't waste time doing an internship here"

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    Former Intern - Intern in Raleigh, NC
    Former Intern - Intern in Raleigh, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Red Hat as an intern

    Pros

    None I can think of.

    Cons

    Very slow paced environment. I could not find any smart people. It was a culture of mediocrity. To start a career here would be career suicide. The management who we got to see on talks organized were so full of themselves.The pay was a paltry $24 an hour and there was no interesting work that interns could do. It was mundane everyday work with no learning. It seemed like the people were laid back without any kind of accountability and thought no end of themselves. On Fridays people would work from home with nothing getting done. Lots of work life balance, but lack of interesting work would definitely suck the life out of everyone.

    Moreover, the interns are not given a return offer. There's no reason to join an internship where there isn't a possibility of a return offer. They try to sell the company culture as a selling point to make up for the lackluster experience. Join a classy company where learning, growth and benefits are possible.

    Advice to Management

    Get your act together


  9. Helpful (9)

    "Not what I expected"

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

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

    Pros

    Redhat gives you an incredible amount of training material. It goes without saying, but RedHat has some of the brightest open source minds in the industry.

    Cons

    This company is losing its culture fast. Consultants are treated pretty poorly when it comes to realistic expectations around work to life balance. Many of the managers I dealt with were so another dealing with people it was embarrassing. Traveling on Sunday evening and returning on Friday evening was routine. Pay and benefits were lower than average.

    Advice to Management

    Get some managers in place that know how to deal with people. Offer better work to life for your consultants, especially those with families. Offer better pay and bonus packages. Revamp your healthcare benefits. Many other companies still have low deductible plans with low out of pocket per month. This organization is incredibly cheap and lost focus of its mission.


  10. Helpful (14)

    "RedHat is not the Company They Advertise, Step on Innovation and Mistreat People"

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    Former Employee - Architect in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Architect in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Some time in the city
    Don't have to be in the office near managers too often

    Cons

    Management was dull, getting new talentless people
    Said innovative company with good management and worklife, more like dark ages and overly stressed
    If dont' get good technical people soon, will lose any edge
    Said customers were idiots and not to talk over their heads
    Creative ideas flushed down the tubes, heard only bad marketing and saw stepping on people
    No vision, just do what told by people that know less than you
    Salary is a problem, don't get good people without paying market rates
    Never seen such risk averse people, be afraid to say anything wrong, but more likely to be them
    Wouldn't know a good idea from a sink full of dishes
    Highly discriminatory, hard to believe you're not getting sued over mistreatment

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring 3rd rate people off the street and placing as management. Just because not outsourced doesn't mean people are good. Learn how to handle growth. Don't lose good people, you can only survive off them for so long after waving goodbye. Teach managers to respect people, they have none and surprised you don't get more suits due to the bad behavior towards people.


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