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Updated December 8, 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 25 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Best Place I've Ever Worked"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • 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. Helpful (4)

    "Red Hat: Ideal vs Actual"

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

    I worked at Red Hat (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The company's ideals are amazing (open source principals).

    Cons

    Implementation of ideals were not congruent with ideals. People team (HR) stifled career growth (both compensation wise and responsibility wise) and had layers of micromanagement. Many employees were not actually skilled (poor hiring practices) and were in positions of power simply by virtue of being there during high growth. They were afraid of being exposed and would hide their incompetence behind micromanagement and fear based leadership styles.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Still a boys club..."

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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 (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Fantastic benefits
    - Management aside - Great culture
    - Company has a strong set of products and is well positioned for the future
    - People who are passionate about open source and solving problems

    Cons

    - Poor leadership from a manager and director level
    - Ineffective HR
    - Promotions and succession plans highly subjective and based on friendships, favoritism.
    - Still a boys club

    Advice to Management

    Stop spending money on stickers, koozies, puzzles, Lacroix and other tchotchkes. Put your efforts towards what really matters... your employees. Why are you allowing sexual harassment? Why are managers being allowed to bully their employees? Red Hat is not what it once was.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Sweat Shop"

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

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

    Pros

    Pay is good, lots of really smart people.

    Cons

    You will be expected to work ALL THE TIME. ALL the time.

    Advice to Management

    Get your managers to lead, not drive, their employees.


  5. "Associate Manager"

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

    I have been working at Red Hat full-time

    Pros

    - Open culture
    - Knowledge Sharing
    - No flat hierarchy

    Cons

    - Stress
    - Workload
    - only 2 cons

    Advice to Management

    Come with ideas for stress reduction.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Strong culture but lack of accountability and career development is driving away top talent"

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

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

    Pros

    Strong culture
    Flexibility to work from home
    Company has a strong set of products and is well positioned for the future

    Cons

    Lack of accountability or metrics is prevalent from the top to the lowest level resulting in a lot of bad apples or low motivation for high performing employees.
    Compensation is well below industry standards. Equity is provided to a select set of employees with no clear guidelines and transparency. So only the favorites of the senior executives get equity
    Career development and paths are not well defined in back office functions
    Lot of false promises made by HR during recruitment with no follow through.


  7. "Fast growth feel with strong processes and structures"

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

    Pros

    Strong leadership development and training

    Cons

    Investing more in sales and consulting - need more investing in internal "core" corporate departments

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Was a great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - The technical learning opportunities that you will get here might not get in any other place.
    - The work life balance is fairly good for people who have families. For bachelors it is heaven.
    - Senior technical experts are helpful when it comes to solving technical issues in collaboration.

    Cons

    - Being a beginner associate in the company did find any major flaws.
    - Some manages are not that supportive and it becomes little hectic to manage things.
    - Career growth opportunity is very limited if you are not eager to learn and move ahead.

    Advice to Management

    - Please maintain the culture for which Red Hat is recognized in the market.
    - That is one of our USP.
    - Payscale for engineers can be increased.


  9. "Good company to learn and work."

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    • Senior Management
    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

    You will get a good chance to balance and work and life.

    Cons

    If you have joined as fresher then prefer for learning, don't expect o the hike part it is little slow.If you have joined as a experienced person and having good salary before joining then you wil enjoy life and work both.

    Advice to Management

    Management is good .They need sometime to spend with employees and take the points forward from them.


  10. "Financial Analyst"

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

    I have been working at Red Hat full-time

    Pros

    Red Hat is Great place to work

    Cons

    I do not see any cons as of now


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