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Red Hat Software Engineer Reviews

Updated July 13, 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 (1)

    "5 year review"

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

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

    Pros

    I work with great people and good management. Lots of flexibility, and room for improvement. Solid benefits. Very open culture - questioning is a good thing.

    Cons

    A bit less than standard pay.


  2. "I love working at Red Hat"

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    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. "Great Company to work with"

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    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


  4. 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.


  5. "interesting work but pretty disorganized"

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    Former Intern - Software Engineer Intern in Westford, MA
    Former Intern - Software Engineer Intern in Westford, MA

    I worked at Red Hat as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Did pretty interesting work, with cutting edge technology/languages
    - Flexibility in work hours
    - Free coffee

    Cons

    - Have to actively seek out the interesting work. If you don't, you could be stuck doing stuff that felt like "cleanup" work
    - Management felt very loose, no structured/scheduled meetings to update on feedback

    Advice to Management

    Sometimes they can be a bit presumptuous about what people are and aren't capable of. It was difficult to ramp up on some work as just an intern, and at the same time a lot of expectations were made.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "good if you are into open source"

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    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Raleigh, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    For open source people, what more could you ask for? You may get to travel a lot if you like public speaking.

    Cons

    The company does not make its own products so much as package and support the open source work.

    Advice to Management

    Red Hat has management?


  7. "Good work culture but less compensation and benefits"

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    Current Intern - Software Engineering Intern in Raleigh, NC
    Current Intern - Software Engineering Intern in Raleigh, NC
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Red Hat as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    All projects are Open Source, People are very helping and friendly, there is no office politics. Work culture is very open.

    Cons

    Compensations is not great. Company tries to save money and have harsh budgets.

    Advice to Management

    Please compensate more to interns. At least above 31$/Hr.

  8. "Best place to Intern"

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    Former Intern - Software Engineering Intern in Westford, MA
    Former Intern - Software Engineering Intern in Westford, MA
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Red Hat as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Amazing work culture
    - Surrounded by brilliant people
    - Great office
    - Great freedom of choosing your own technologies and ideas
    - Meaningful work assigned to interns
    - Given much more support, respect and importance as an intern

    Cons

    - Need to be self motivated and self starter, no direct supervision
    - No pressure and lack of strict deadlines could reduce productivity at times

    Advice to Management

    - I guess as an intern I did not get more exposed to managerial level issues or work, still felt there is hidden politics at some level which might be there in every company but stick to your goals and bright things are coming in future.


  9. "Great Coworkers"

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    Current Intern - Software Engineering Intern in Westford, MA
    Current Intern - Software Engineering Intern in Westford, MA
    Recommends

    I have been working at Red Hat as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The Open Source mentality permeates life at Red Hat. Coworkers are always willing to help you solve a problem. Working from home is easy.

    Cons

    Pay for intern-level workers is not great compared to similarly sized businesses see Oracle and IBM.

    Advice to Management

    Hiring a lot of interns is great but you could get more effective interns by paying them more.


  10. "Good company, unique culture"

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    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!