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Updated September 16, 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 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. "Assistant System Admin"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Its a startup so we get hand-on experience on all the technologies

    Cons

    No such cons as such.


  2. "Great Place to Work"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Red Hat full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, competitive pay, company is growing fast, lots of room to grow as an employee, and more focused on open source than any other company I've come across.

    Cons

    Some growing pains, specifically the lack of clear organization. They are quickly addressing this, but the network of who reports to whom and who is the go-to person for certain questions or actions is not transparent and often requires directly asking multiple people for help just to find the right person for a question/job.

    Advice to Management

    Recruit/advertise more. Red Hat is not as widely recognized as it should be for what it does.

  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. Helpful (1)

    "Management"

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    • 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 (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Stable company and good products

    Cons

    Culture changed quite a bit.


  5. "Great environment"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Software Engineer in Westford, MA
    Current Employee - Associate Software Engineer in Westford, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Open communication
    Great leadership
    Good work life balance
    Nice facilities
    Good equipment
    Awesome environment
    Strong culture
    Open source
    Interesting technologies

    Cons

    Unstructured work - can sometimes lack definition. It's easy to be stock on something longer than you're used to
    Lots of remote workers can make meetings tricky

    Advice to Management

    Avoid becoming too corporate


  6. Helpful (7)

    "Worst place I've ever worked!"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    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!


  7. Helpful (16)

    "People are disposable - sole focus on growth and revenue"

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

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

    Pros

    Lots of smart technical people and interesting technologies. Great training/learning opportunities for junior to mid level technical professionals.

    Cons

    High pressure for revenue and growth, sometimes at the expense of quality and values. Employees feel like they are commodity, poor work/life balance with expectation for managers to work well beyond 40 hrs & heavy travel for consultants, good managers are not free to really manage, management structure and policies are disorganized and not consistently enforced. Consultants are often blamed for project failures when they fail due to poor management. Very political environment, heavy favoritism, company will not protect good employees if targeted to be managed out due to making a mistake, project failure or personal bias.

    Advice to Management

    Take a pause from your heavy sales focus and revenue growth; and fix the organization. Treat your employees in the trenches fairly and value each one.

  8. "I love working at Red Hat"

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

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

    Pros

    Great Culture. Great co-workers. Great Linux Community.

    Cons

    Growth seems to stagnate.


  9. "Happy as a Clam"

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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

    You work with some of the brightest minds in the industry

    Cons

    Could afford to pay a bit more competitively


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Overall, a great place to work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Red Hat full-time

    Pros

    Great company benefits for medical.
    Exciting technology.

    Cons

    Base pay is ok.
    A lot of pressure for expansion of emerging areas with sales numbers tough to meet.


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