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Updated September 24, 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 (16)

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

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. "I love working at Red Hat"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.

  3. "Happy as a Clam"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Overall, a great place to work"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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 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.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great company!"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Intelligent Employees
     - Moral Company
     - Exciting Work

    Cons

    - Mild disorganization due to growth.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on keeping on


  6. "Great place to work if you are a self-starter"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Communications Specialist in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Marketing Communications Specialist in Raleigh, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly and open company culture, the opportunity to contribute to a wide variety of projects and grow new skills by working collaboratively with other teams. Approachable and supportive management, deliberate effort to help employees grow. Mutually respectful workplace with a fun-loving culture.

    Cons

    If you like consistent structure, Red Hat might not work for you. Process changes, tool changes, reorganizations, and growth are pretty much a constant factor in day-to-day operations. Sometimes important resources are too scarce, so some strategic objectives are hard to accomplish. The upside of this is that the open and transparent prioritization of projects makes it clear WHY certain things cannot be accomplished within a desired time frame.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work and try to consistently align on objectives - sometimes different teams have different goals that come into conflict, and resolving or compromising to move forward and continuously improve is the best approach.


  7. "Great Company to work with"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Helping and Smart people around you
    - Much diverse environment
    - Flexibility of wfh, choosing your own work as per your interest
    - Opensource - open culture
    - Lot of learning opportunity
    - Your voice is heard

    Cons

    - Not a place for you if not self motivated
    - Salary could be much better

    Advice to Management

    - Figure out a way to help employee stick for longer

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company & Environment"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Developer in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Developer in Raleigh, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I work with some great people who are collaborative and truly care about your growth and success!

    Cons

    Can be a bit stressful at times

    Advice to Management

    Maybe invest more in training and personal development


  9. Helpful (7)

    "Senior Director"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Director
    Current Employee - Senior Director
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great free snack and drinks program

    Cons

    Meritocracy is abused. The loudest voices are heard not necessarily the important ones. Very immature organization. Weak and inexperienced leadership


  10. Helpful (7)

    "Consultants Burn Out"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


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