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Updated July 26, 2017
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Pros
  • you can work on open source projects you love (in 192 reviews)

  • Very good work/life balance (depends on your manager of course) (in 59 reviews)

Cons
  • The leadership seems to make open source a marketing gimmick to sell books (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 21 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (5)

    "Great technology! Poor leadership!!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great coworkers and the work you do is challenging so it's great that way. Ok to decent benefits. Good brand name. Some teams are great. Very distributed and not a 9-5 job. Do at your convenience from a cube or coffee shop. It's awesome that way.

    Cons

    Management pretends to care and ask for feedback which never impacts the decisions. Then why bother ask and waste our time. No consistent salary reviews. Some managers can be horrible with no experience.

    Fix the technical ladder for heavens sake. This is a technology company. There needs to be more levels between senior, principal and sr.principal. It's really shameful. Having more levels means more frequent promotions and this keep employee moral happy. Also people are at the right levels instead of bloating senior and principal positions with huge variation in expertise. Is it that hard to understand this?

    GWS is annoying and comes in the way of employee productivity with cube usage analysis and parking pass snatching. Redoing the layout so it's impossible for engineers to work with focus.

    The leadership seems to make open source a marketing gimmick to sell books. Sorry I don't buy it. With recent decisions made at the company, you can't seriously with a straight face say that it's an open decision framework or whatever the heck you guys call it now. Follow what you preach.

    Advice to Management

    Fix your leadership. More and better manager training. Don't just promote any principal to associate manager unless they really have leadership qualities. Fix the technical ladder please. I mean if you want to grow as a technology company, it's not that hard to understand that the ladder is broken. Really broken. Fix that now or you will seriously regret it with bloated senior and principal software engineers in a 10-15k+ company.


  2. Helpful (16)

    "Suffers from Major Dysfunction Syndrome"

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

    I worked at Red Hat (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    It has gone downhill significantly.

    Cons

    Extreme dysfunction. Starts at the top. Good people leave, and they blame them for all that went wrong--and yet, the same problems exist. Look in the mirror.

    Blame game. There is no accountability, especially with senior leaders, so they blame and point fingers at others.

    No trust or collaboration. Leaders don't trust one another, so they expect us to work around teams, even when it's detrimental to the company. Set up a competing and redundant team. Spend money on outside help. Don't share information when asked.

    Culture is like a cult. If you are new, you are viewed with suspicion. Ironically, they are not open to new perspectives even if it's more effective.

    Advice to Management

    You will eventually implode. My advice is for those who will replace you. Learn from the previous team of what not to do.

  3. Helpful (10)

    "A mixed bag (engineering perspective)"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Raleigh, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Red Hat full-time

    Pros

    Rare opportunity to get paid to work on genuine open source projects. Some very smart people. Most customers are smarter than average too.

    Some technical staff are given huge latitude to pursue their own paths within open source communities.

    The bureaucracy is present, as at any large US company, but rarely gets worse than a bit of benevolent clumsiness.

    Cons

    The company is deeply divided and siloed between the traditional RHEL product and the myriad other product lines brought in via acquisitions. There are continual management initiatives to try and build bridges but they're usually of the "pointy haired" variety and go nowhere. Every 6 months there's a new "common framework for X" project, and another such project quietly dies.

    There is a culture of cheapness, from placing offices in lesser-known towns, to constantly delaying salary cycles, to even asking some staff to share hotel rooms.

    Groups that are supposed to span the silos, like docs and testing (which red hat insists on calling "QE") are weak -- the docs guys are good but too few in number, the testing guys are mostly junior hires who are given more work than they can reasonably be expected to handle.

    Basically, it's a place you can carve out a very comfortable and interesting niche if you want, but to do so you have to be able to tune out the sound of all the chaos and waste around you.

    Advice to Management

    Pay market salaries. Create positions that drive people to jump from Google/Apple/Facebook to Red Hat, and not the other way around.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Consultant in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Consultant in Raleigh, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good pay, smart people, high growth, upward mobility

    Cons

    can be a lot of travel. some of the common pains of a large, publicly traded company.

    Advice to Management

    keep doin what you're doin.


  5. Helpful (13)

    "Not what it was"

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    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.


  6. "Best Opensource company to work for"

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    Former Employee - IT Intern in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - IT Intern in Raleigh, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Red Hat (Less than a year)

    Pros

    competitive salary, flexibility, work balance, teamwork, ethics

    Cons

    Open source culture can make it difficult to get things done quickly


  7. "Senior Solution Architect"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Solution Architect in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Senior Solution Architect in Raleigh, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Coming from closed source software companies and very large matrixes organizations, I have been thoroughly happy at Red Hat for almost 3 years now.

    Red Hat, an open source software company, brings the open source philosophy into the organization across all teams and levels. Open dialogue is COMPLETELY supported, encouraged and almost never penalized.

    Your ideas are always welcomed with rewards based on Meritocracy. This is very refreshing as a middle line employee.

    Cons

    Compensation tends to be about 10-20% lower than comparable positions within comparable types or companies.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Sales"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great culture and people.

    Cons

    Some growing pains.
    Unrealistic goals

    Advice to Management

    Focus on better operations


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Great Company"

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    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

    OpenSource at the core
    Open Organization
    Still a bottom up culture despite the size and recent growth
    Meritocracy is the model

    Cons

    Few unnecessary Management layers.
    Recent growth has brought in some individuals that are still married to their previous company cultures and ways. While they learn how to be Red Hatters, we can see some negative effects of their past experiences.

    Advice to Management

    It is a challenge to maintain the culture while growing at a tremendous pace, but keep up the good work. Do not add management layers just based on the "numbers". People joining Red Hat are smart and can self-manage. Bottom up culture is great, but you don't need 10,000 employees permission before introducing "every" change. Certain things especially regulatory or policy decisions should be made my senior leadership (because that is what they are hired to do).


  10. Helpful (10)

    "The emperors new clothes doesn't wash anymore"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Principal Architect in Newark, NJ
    Former Employee - Senior Principal Architect in Newark, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Red Hat (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great company, great staffers in engineering and platform, middleware and in the sales teams. How they manage to create such output when they're led so badly is a massive credit to them.
    Red Hat right now still enjoys a good reputation in the OS space but as this is now dropping hugely in the world of containers and Cloud where the OS layer is nowhere near as important it's going to be a fight and it's both technology and fiduciary and I worry for their relevance positioning.
    Good offices, good remote worker support and good HR team who were utterly caned by the idiot former CFO who thought he could repeat Cisco and make this a fit company.

    Cons

    Thankfully the utterly incompetent CFO is now gone but a HUGE amount of poor middle management and regional directors remain. The board need to start culling people. Now, not in 18 months and only taking a look at themselves and seeing where strategic management has failed will breed new innovative repeatable success. Broken processes (Compass ha... yes thats an utter joke) and other platforms fail to deliver to an overpaid Head of HR globally. The whole company lacks the color to change and fails to deliver its expectations because the board don't know what customers actually need. Summit proves this every year.

    Advice to Management

    YOU NEED TO CULL MANAGEMENT AND RESTEER THE COMPANY - NOW, you have no further rope to hang yourselves with. Outside Red Hat the company has a tarnished reputation as the new Oracle and Amazon are eating your breakfast, lunch and dinner.


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