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Updated April 27, 2017
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  • If you are an Open Source champion, understand the business practices of (in 181 reviews)

  • Work life balance is fantastic, opportunity to work remote (vaires per team) (in 55 reviews)

Cons
  • Open source products and acquihires are poorly or slowly integrated (in 61 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 20 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (9)

    "Great place to work overall but some true cons as well."

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

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

    Pros

    The people and the culture.

    Cons

    Managers get little direction from the VPs and CLT and it impacts everyone negatively.
    New CFO has brought about changes (like outsourcing to India) that are most unwelcomed

    Advice to Management

    Your people are your biggest assets and have gotten you this far. Don't outsource them for cheaper labor. Give great benefits in order to compete with others in the industry.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Great culture and work atmosphere"

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

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

    Pros

    Endless opportunities for a innovative worker because of open environment.

    Very good work life balance.

    Sometimes manager act as a jerk, but not at the same extent of other KPo or captive units.

    Very good on-site colleagues.

    Continuous learning and development.

    Cons

    Very limited on-site opportunities.

    New CFO putting a lot of pressure on Money. Even employees salaries revision is delayed.

    Advice to Management

    Advice basically to new CFO that even you are having accountability trainings for having no drama etc. while you implement the change, but dude trus me there was no or less drama before your arrival. People are really scare because of youe new policies.


  3. "If I'm lucky, I'll retire here."

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

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

    Pros

    Highly collaborative
    Fun work environment - culture is valued
    A lot independence in terms of processes and technologies
    Ethical
    Interesting subject matter
    Abundant resources
    Highly intelligent workforce
    Diverse
    Great work-life balance

    Cons

    This would be a negative environment for someone who needs a lot of instruction/guidance/structure or is poor at communicating/collaborating with others.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to foster the culture of independence, creativity, inclusivity, meritocracy and personal responsibility.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Fantastic company, the best I've ever worked for"

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

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

    Pros

    Very open culture
    Engaged, passionate employee base
    Friendly, caring colleagues
    Clear corporate strategy
    Very successful company (56+ quarters of consecutive revenue growth, for example)
    Smart, approachable senior leadership team
    Quarterly bonus payouts (for everyone, not just sales)
    Excellent benefits compared to previous employers
    Fantastic facilities, not just at corporate headquarters

    Cons

    Need to address some productivity platforms -- there's no universally embraced chat application, for example

    Advice to Management

    Continue to focus on manager training and development globally


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Technical Support Engineer"

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

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

    Pros

    Open Culture, talented collogues, Awesome facilities and benefits

    Cons

    Loosing culture day by day, no scope for career development

    Advice to Management

    Look at career progression of associates


  7. "Employment Branding and Communications"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager - Employment Branding and Communications in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Manager - Employment Branding and Communications in Raleigh, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    The best culture fueled by the most wonderful people to work with

    Cons

    Can be daunting for those used to the traditional corporate environment


  8. "Best First Job I Could Ask For"

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

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

    Pros

    - Challenging work with high (but reasonable) expectations for performance
    - Laid back work environment
    - Great perks in the office (games, snacks, etc)
    - Fast growth
    - Talented co-workers

    Cons

    - Fast is causing some growing pains
    - Open source culture can make it difficult to get things done quickly

    Advice to Management

    Don't allow desire to be a big company overwhelm the things that make Red Hat great.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Do not take a job in the Finance Department"

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

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

    Pros

    Smart, passionate co-workers who really believe in open source. Very mission-driven!
    A lot of collaboration

    Cons

    New CFO is wiping out all the US Finance department & shipping their jobs to India. I don't work in Finance, but it's very disheartening to see our long-timers kicked out the door.

    Advice to Management

    "Our people are our most important asset," they say. Wish they believed it.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Great company, but people being pushed out"

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

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

    Pros

    Great colleagues. Open source software is awesome. Great learning environment. Good benefits. Challenging work assignments. Wife portfolio of products to support and work with.

    Cons

    Like many contractors, the work is very customer domain specific. In many ways, you could be working at any contracting firm, albeit one where you mostly are working with Red Hat products. Though the branding is for the whole company, you feel that there is a difference, significantly so, between Red Hat Consulting and the platform side of the business.

    Advice to Management

    Tell the staff what is really going on. The next to the worst thing is to find that you are being paid significantly more than your colleagues, which creates pressure versus billing rates. If choose the worst thing is finding out you are below the party band, but that's true everywhere.


  11. "Product Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Bright, intelligent, motivated people. Inviting offices, free snacks, and open culture.

    Cons

    lack of structure and focus. No holistic approach from management, but lots of disparate groups working indpendently.


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