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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 63 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 (3)

    "Great opportunity for those who look for it!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Field Account Manager in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Field Account Manager in Raleigh, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent work atmosphere, great cafeteria and game room to relax in when needed. Downtown location is great for entertaining clients and potential customers. Management on most teams are very supportive and excited to have intelligent, energetic people working for them.

    Cons

    Getting qualified people hired via referrals is tough (Recruiters -)
    Growing pains mostly, lack of great communication between departments.

    Advice to Management

    Vet your recruiters better and continue to invest and believe in your employees!


  2. "Great company, great co-workers"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Raleigh, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People are excited about the work they're doing. Lots of freedom to do the right thing. Open source mentality cuts out a lot (but not all) of the bureaucratic nonsense. The office and work environment are nice, modern and a lot of fun.

    Cons

    Lots of systems to work with, and not all of them are well-integrated, leading to patchwork business processes, questions about ownership, and some duplicated effort between teams.

  3. Helpful (5)

    "Lots of opportunity to work on open source, poorly run internal projects and products."

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Westford, MA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Westford, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Red Hat is committed to open source development and if you want to work in that environment and not have a company hassle you about participating in the open source community, Red Hat is good.

    Cons

    Very weak regional office representation. Weak brand identity in the software industry. Confusion among customers about what Red Hat does (Linux? JBoss? Something with Cloud?). Little to no recognition for significant project contributions. Low pay for the industry and very low raises. No guidance for career path and impossible internal mobility.

    Advice to Management

    Increase investment in associates. Pay and benefits should be more competitive for the industry. Guidance and plans should be in place for people wanting to grow their career. Internal mobility should be possible.


  4. "Best place I have ever worked"

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    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Raleigh, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great team, Great company, Awesome job.

    Cons

    Starting pay is not very competitive.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Red Hat is a great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Account Manager in Toledo, OH
    Current Employee - Sales Account Manager in Toledo, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Awesome culture, great people, just a great company to work for

    Cons

    Compensation is not that of an Enterprise Software Company

    Advice to Management

    Do not try to change the culture, we are open source not a proprietary software company. Stop trying to turn us into one!


  6. "excellent place to work and grow"

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    Current Employee - Sales Account Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Sales Account Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Red Hat full-time

    Pros

    freedom to do what you think is best

    Cons

    lack of structure can hurt some people


  7. Helpful (2)

    "High performance culture"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Manager in Raleigh, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Transparent work environment; very talented and hard working workforce; strong culture; employees care about company success; approachable leadership team; minimal politics

    Cons

    Long work week; pay only average to slightly below average; all areas are not open to workplace flexibility

    Advice to Management

    Keep the culture intact as the company continues to grow; watch the salary issue - don't want to lose good talent; adopt broader workplace flexibility

  8. "Awesome place to work if you are passionate about anything related"

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    Current Employee - Solutions Architect in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Solutions Architect in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Awesome place to work for

    Cons

    Being open source, things are not as streamlined as proprietary companies. That's both a challenge and an opportunity

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Flexible work, good work, good people."

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Manchester, MI
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Manchester, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    RH has the right attitude about remote employees -- and it works very well for us. Maybe you've heard anti-remote ideas lately from other companies. They are living in the past.

    RH is the corporate face of open source. It's pretty easy for me to believe that what we're doing here actually matters.

    The people I've met here ( in 5 years ) are smart, easy to get along with, and a pleasure to work with.

    I realize this sounds a little like I'm seriously drinking the KoolAid. Well -- okay. I've had a lot of jobs in the last 20 years, and this is the first place I've really liked.

    Cons

    Being remote can get a little isolating -- a weird combination of always being in touch with everybody, and never seeing anybody.

    Advice to Management

    The idea that makes Open Source work is that the intelligence to make world-beating products is out there in the tech grass roots, and management's job is to gather it, channel it but also go where it leads, and purify it for enterprise-level use. Please keep believing in this model, no matter how much success you have with it. :-) ( So far, so good. )


  10. "Challenging work, great environment."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Quality Engineer in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Senior Software Quality Engineer in Raleigh, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great culture, work environment, people, and open source ideals.

    Cons

    I don't have any complaints.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work!


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