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Updated April 1, 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. "Great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Westford, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Westford, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There is a wonderful upbeat, collaborative environment.

    Cons

    Some inefficiencies in processes make getting certain things done a bit painful.


  2. "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.


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    "Intern Experience"

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    Former Employee - Business Analysis INtern in Westford, MA
    Former Employee - Business Analysis INtern in Westford, MA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - You do actual, meaningful work as an intern. No coffee fetching!
    - You get basically free reign to work as you please, as long as your tasks get done.
    - You get to interact with people from all over the world.

    Cons

    - If you don't have a self starting attitude or are more comfortable in a traditional office/work environment, this may not be the place for you.

    Advice to Management

    The work is awesome, but I think that being able to budget so that you can bring interns on would be beneficial to both parties.


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  5. "Best place to Intern"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  6. Helpful (7)

    "Not All Good....."

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    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.


  7. "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.


  8. Helpful (9)

    "Great place to work, politics aside."

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    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


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Diffuse leadership can be a problem"

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    Current Employee - Senior Principal Marketing Manager in Westford, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Marketing Manager in Westford, MA
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lot's of folks with great ideas and passion. No shortage of people that want to do the right thing

    Cons

    Decision making process always bubbles to the top, no real delegation, no stomach for risk, no real vision.

    Advice to Management

    communicate your views to your reports and delegate actual decision making to them. and trust them. Stop being the bottle neck.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Not the Open Source company you think"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westford, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westford, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Red Hat full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good co-workers. Somewhat competitive compensation.High level of talent among developers and engineers. Active and engaged CEO.

    Cons

    Pro-open source and meritocracy more a marketing stunt than how projects are run and how people are recognized. Lots of politics especially among projects and business units. Lack of CTO means no long term strategic decision.

    Advice to Management

    Actually take Jim Whitehorse's "open company" to heart. Value open source committers and their external activities. Hire a CTO.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Decent for a consultant, great for an engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in Westford, MA
    Current Employee - Consultant in Westford, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Many intelligent folks with good ideas.

    Open culture leads to some interesting discussion.

    Company has a good attitude overall and managers are quite reasonable.

    Cons

    Engineers often have their tinfoil hats on when it comes to anything that isn't open source and as a result have narrow mindsets and can actually hinder progress.

    Consultants work 40 hour weeks, but when travel and filing expenses is factored in it can be much higher.

    Open culture can allow a little too much negative complaining to occur on mailing lists.

    Not so great system for doing expenses, setting goals, reviews and PTO.

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on the value consulting can add. Give consultants some non-billable time. Since they are with customers daily they know what they want and can contribute ideas back.

    Give consultants time to learn new tech, not just engineers. Being asked to support and advise customers on our tech isn't reasonable of education on the diverse product ranges is not provided.

    Be a little less frugal with compensation and equity.


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