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Updated September 15, 2017
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Pros
  • you can work on open source projects you love (in 202 reviews)

  • Great work life balance all the time (in 64 reviews)

Cons
  • If you're not an engineer with a passion for open source Red Hat is not unlike any other company (in 62 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 22 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (13)

    "Red Hat"

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    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 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Generous compensation.
    Flexible work arrangements.
    Exciting growth company.

    Cons

    Highly political, toxic environment.
    Promotions and succession plans highly subjective and based on friendships, favoritism. Diversity & inclusion are not considered.
    Top leaders and execs set really bad behavioral examples & precedent. They don't "walk the walk" when it comes to company culture and values, and are clearly outmatched for the current size & trajectory of the company.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "preach community but poor organization and support"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Red Hat full-time

    Pros

    technology first company, rapid innovation, willingness to train employees

    Cons

    lack of management direction and support, had 4 management changes in 6 month, consultants bear the brunt of the work while trying to secure full time jobs with RedHat

  3. Helpful (6)

    "Red Hat"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Red Hat full-time

    Pros

    A lot of good people (if there are any left). Good place to work if you're an engineer and your passion is open source software.

    Cons

    If you're not an engineer with a passion for open source Red Hat is not unlike any other company. The same office politics, the same backstabbing, the same people in positions that should not be there but were in the right place at the right time. They say the right things but in fact don't follow them. After listening to fellow workers I'm convinced the ballot box gets stuffed by a certain few departments when it comes time for these "Best Places to Work" lists come out.

    Advice to Management

    I think upper management tries to stay in touch with the masses but are sometimes seen as remote. Middle management does not use the tools given to them such as open decision making. They may go through the process for appearances but their mind is made up before hand.


  4. "Globalization of Cloud-based Tests"

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

    I worked at Red Hat as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible working hours, punctual payment, reasonable rates.

    Cons

    Low level of job security.

    Advice to Management

    Inconsistent globalization/localization policy. Please, keep highly qualified globalization experts.


  5. "IT Service Desk Level 2 Support"

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Red Hat as a contractor

    Pros

    There was a lot of opportunity to learn something.

    Cons

    A lot of restrictions on being allowed to access something else to learn. Metrics was a driver which isn't always the greatest way to quantify something. Metrics was also hindered by opinions of the person judging your skills. Getting to know people you don't agree with can have it's negative impacts.

    Advice to Management

    Remember to treat all employees that are a link in the chain like family. They are important to the infrastructure of the business and need to be treated as such. Lower level but very important IT jobs are the red-headed step children of IT. Especially when they are contractors.


  6. Helpful (7)

    "Consultants Burn Out"

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

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

    Pros

    Great culture, incredibly smart people who love what they do and will take time to share their passion with you
    Easy to get your hands on a lot of different technologies

    Cons

    Disorganized
    Travel is going to be as close to 100% as they can manage, no matter what they promise you in the interview. Also, you often won't be notified of required travel until the Thursday or Friday before. If you're okay with that good luck, but burn out is high.
    You'll spend at least 40 hours a week working on client projects, plus extra time for internal projects and management. Counting travel time, be prepared to devote 60-70 hours a week every week.


  7. "No Junior jobs"

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    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I have been working at Red Hat as an intern

    Pros

    Great company and great culture

    Cons

    Not many jobs for young people

  8. Helpful (22)

    "Went from great to average in 8+ years"

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    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.


  9. Helpful (12)

    "Reality v. The Executive Pitch"

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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

    Pros

    Great technology and a lot of very smart people. Flexible and most teams are very open to working remote.

    Cons

    Reality does not line up with what executives will pitch. For example, using the Open Decision Framework - reality, not used often or as often as it should or by all teams. Executives will use the "ask for forgiveness rather than permission or input" approach instead of the ODF for decisions that may be unpopular. The concept of the Red Hat culture and openness seems to vary by team, managers in some groups struggle to communicate with their peers in other groups. The company wastes a ton of money on duplicate tools for the sake of appeasement.

    Advice to Management

    Practice what you preach. When looking at reigning in costs be open to the painful truth and don't always take the word of the executive looking to protect himself.


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Review"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Raleigh, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, nice quarterly bonuses

    Cons

    Micromanagement, shutdown from Christmas to New Years


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