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Updated February 24, 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 (2)

    "Not what it was"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing staff in the developer and engineering ranks, trying their level best
    Great folk in brand realising that marketing sucks hugely and doing their best to fix it
    Business unit core staff building on love and devotion given they have no leadership
    Core Open Source stuff not what it was in 2001 but this is 2017 so it's acceptable its' lost focus
    Good people in the HR and People Teams doing their best with limited resources

    Cons

    Extremely naive management, infighting and constantly re-assessing because they have no clue what customers want or need or how customers are now able to support a lot of their platform and hybrid needs themselves.
    Poor leadership in the field around customer and sales engagement understanding Red Hat's place in the bigger ecosystem.
    Turning into Oracle fast with no hand on the tiller to actually steer the ship
    Pay is poor. The disparities in pay between roles is enormous and progression is almost impossible.

    Advice to Management

    You could cut 40% of middle management - and nobody would notice
    Be aware analysts, institutional shareholders and journalists are more than aware how the current lack of leadership and lack of capability is being glossed over. Its the worst kept secret. Right now people are being nice and smiling back at you but the penny has long since dropped.


  2. 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.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Very technical company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Presales Solutions Architect
    Current Employee - Presales Solutions Architect
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you are a geek at heart and want to work in an environment where "hacking" is rewarded this is the right place to be. With the rapid evolution of software, a person who spends their free time building systems, networks, writing code, etc. will feel right at home.

    Cons

    The company espouses an "Open" mentality but is just as closed as the large behemoth institutions known for their secrecy. Promotions are determined in advance of letting folks know there is an opportunity, external hires additionally reduce internal promotion opportunities, there is a lot of "who you know" when it comes to recognition and there is a definite gap in good management practices.

    Advice to Management

    Seek out a broader skill set for your leadership teams. You are so focused on hiring managers that have earned their stripes in the technical ranks that you are putting untrained people into positions they are unsuited for.even after they go thru the "management training program".


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  5. "Depends on what you want to do"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Red Hat full-time

    Pros

    Smart people, good products, innovative outlook, largest open source software company.

    Cons

    Poor understanding of what individuals are doing, poor organization, do not watch your back. Some of the sites where I worked and the criticism I received a year later was not valid at all.

    Advice to Management

    Get some management that actually manages. They stress all their people are technical. Many act like techies but need to understand people and management better.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Not what it once was..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Red Hat full-time

    Pros

    Great co-workers. Products are good and sales are good.

    Cons

    Very political, almost impossible to get promoted unless you want to play the political game. Watch your back. Employees are pushed out when they don't play the game or adhere to the political views of their department. Terrible communication/work relationships between departments.

    Advice to Management

    Stop the in-fighting at the Senior Manager levels


  7. Helpful (1)

    "work life"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Red Hat full-time

    Pros

    perks, people, innovation, camaraderie, food

    Cons

    high school cliques, good ol boy network

    Advice to Management

    Know ur team


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great Culture but More Decisive Leaders"

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

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

    Pros

    People are great. Most get along well.

    Cons

    There is no real leadership involvement and things change constantly without much planning and thought to decisions. Just like any other company, it depends on the area of Red Hat.

    Advice to Management

    Better direction to your teams.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Was once really great, losing its luster"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Benefits, Autonomy, Tech breadth, Smart co-workers, Challenging

    Cons

    Sometimes daft management, fairly low salary for the industry, really poor advancement paths.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on your employees growth more. Raise the salaries.


  10. "Meritocracy is the way to go, wonderful people here"

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

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

    Pros

    Wonderful people, excellent support staff, great benefits and work/life balance, spectacular offices, and the worldwide network of Red Hat offices really make you feel like you're a part of a healthy organization.

    Cons

    My initial manager wasn't great, but he moved onto a different position and I am much happier with my new manager. Being a consultant is a very travel-heavy job and that was EXTREMELY exhausting to me at first but I eventually adapted.


  11. Helpful (23)

    "Once a model of greatness - but no longer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to work with diverse cultures and good hearted, brilliant people daily. Equity rewards (RSU) program was very good. Work required creative problem solving and the best solutions for the company came from meritocracy. Despite its large size, the old Red Hat was a family that cared about its employees.

    Cons

    The Frank Caleroni era will go down as the most destructive period in the company's history. Over a mere 18 months, many of the company's brightest leaders were driven out of the organization and replaced by big company groupthinkers who tried to apply a huge company bureaucracy to a thriving, unique mid-sized company in growth phase. In addition, this leadership has actively eliminated US jobs and shipped the work to India. Predictably Red Hat is now facing operational problems that other large companies experienced 10 years ago with this strategy. The once thriving culture has degraded from "I work someplace special" to "this is just another job at a faceless big corporate company."

    Advice to Management

    Calderoni disrupted a culture and operational model that needed fine tuning by tearing the company apart. And what does he have to show for this other than the loss of 20% of Red Hat's market value during his tenure, the loss of Red Hat's brightest leaders at all levels, and the destruction of an amazing and unique culture. $15.4m in 2016 compensation for himself. The advice of the earlier poster who warned Glassdoor to "review CFO actions" because the effects of Frank's decisions would haunt the company soon was proven right on Dec 21, 2016. Management must reject consultant-based groupthink ideas and apply the right solutions to the company as it is now so that we can transition to a $5b company without destroying our operational continuity. Just putting box box solutions in place at this point in time does not guarantee big company results.



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