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Updated April 21, 2017
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Pros
  • 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 (1)

    "Red Hat is an awesome place to work"

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

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

    Pros

    Culture, flexibility, ability to see many different parts of the IT business and landscape

    Cons

    siloed, some orgs are close-minded,

    Advice to Management

    Give your people the freedom to do the job.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Wonderful place to work!"

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

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

    Pros

    Red Hat is a wonderful place to work. Leadership values individual and group contributions, and you are given freedom to "choose your own path", to a degree, with management sponsorship and support. Ultimately, this is a place that values doing the right thing for the customer, first and foremost.

    Cons

    Red Hat is growing at a rapid rate. They have growing pains, and not all are easily addressable. Culture can be intimidating.


  3. Helpful (5)

    "Open Organization Culture"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Solution Architect in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Solution Architect in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Red Hat (More than a year)

    Pros

    Red Hat's open culture has a lot going for it in that many ideas do flow freely around the organization.

    Cons

    However, "open ideas" are often vague and not targeted where they can do the most good. They often felt like they were just tossed to the wind, where a few interested advocates would tear them apart. Then they would die and be reborn several months later. Very little closure.

    I actually found teams to be more closed than other organizations I have worked with. My feeling is that emphasis on openness and meritocracy chokes out ideas that are specific and well-founded, but not quite baked. Less assertive team members are effectively silenced by others clamoring for attention. Daily incentives are heavily biased toward individuals and there is very little alignment or teamwork.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out how the open organization principals can foster teamwork, both large and small. Otherwise, the management movement you are fostering will implode, and Red Hat will become the poster child for management fads.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Success Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Success Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Success Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Love the team work, culture, and managers seem to care about their teams.

    Cons

    Because of the open mindset projects move slowly.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Doc department is stressful and management is lacking"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Red Hat full-time

    Pros

    I had terrific relationships with all roles, across all of my product teams -- product management, program management, engineering. There are a lot of different technologies, each with their own culture quirks and technology focus, so you can find a niche that matches your strengths.

    Cons

    Content services (documentation) management is across the board terrible. The director and several managers have no experience in documentation at all, which leads to a ton of quality and team management issues. Additionally, not a single manager has any real people management experience, which has created problems with low-performing employees, retaining (and recognizing) high quality employees, and recruiting, hiring, and training. This creates an atmosphere were senior writers, particularly, are overworked and stressed, and the doc team has a poor reputation with other groups. I would strongly discourage anyone from working in the documentation group, in pretty much any capacity.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the writers and senior strategists who know what they are doing. Quit trying to "manage" the strong writers and focus more on training and recruitment. Also, partner with the engineering and PM teams in how you select and assign writers -- they are allies (and customers), not enemies.


  7. "Solution architect"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Red Hat (More than a year)

    Pros

    Fast paced innovative company. Good place to grow professionally.

    Cons

    None at the moment yet


  8. Helpful (6)

    "Not All Good....."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westford, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westford, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Food, resume fodder, nice computers, good benefits, flexibility, work life balance

    Cons

    Developers are treated like gods, everyone else is a lackey. One of these god-like developers actually did my job very frequently, and no one could make him stop - not my manager, or his manager, or even the VP. I had to leave the company to find something else....evidently the sacred cow was too valuable to reign in....

    Advice to Management

    Try to avoid the sacred cow phenomenon, it really is demoralizing. And work with your unhappy employees to see if you can find something else for them.


  9. "Good company, unique culture"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Software Maintenance Engineer in Little Rock, AR
    Current Employee - Principal Software Maintenance Engineer in Little Rock, AR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Freedom to work independently, ideas with merit frequently win, good pay and benefits.

    Cons

    A little chaotic, not much slack in the work schedule.

    Advice to Management

    Maintain the good parts of the corporate culture!


  10. Helpful (9)

    "Great place to work, politics aside."

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

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

    Pros

    Red Hat is a dynamic and passionate place to work. They invest in their employees and promote from within.

    Cons

    Recent politics, power plays and dishonest conduct at exec level causing good employees to suffer or leave. HR is aware but seems to turn a blind eye to behavior and the retaliation of accused against reporters

    Advice to Management

    A good (honest) HR scrutiny and sweep of few but powerful and far reaching rotten apples at senior director level (those striving for vp) will improve company, comradarie, productivity, keeping Red Hat profitable longterm


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Growing company, lack luster management"

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

    I have been working at Red Hat full-time

    Pros

    Good health benefits, career growth and young work environment.

    Cons

    Management seems checked out and not willing to operate efficiently. Best ideas are not rewarded but rather idea pouched by management.

    Advice to Management

    Be assertive and engaged with your employees.



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