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Updated 22 October 2017
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  • If you're not an engineer with a passion for open source Red Hat is not unlike any other company (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 23 reviews)

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  1. "Great Company!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    At Red Hat I learned that everyone can contribute, give ideas, working in collaboration world wide.
    It's have been a long road 9 years working at RH learning, improving, having fun, working hard and preserving this great culture for the future.

    Cons

    Sometimes it has a lot of admin work to do with a very little time, moreover the tools used for this it's old softwares which doesn't help to get the work done.

    Advice to Management

    Management have been improved a lot in the pass years and they should just continuing in this path, listening to their own team.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Business Development Representative"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Development Representative in Farnborough, Hampshire, South East England, England
    Current Employee - Business Development Representative in Farnborough, Hampshire, South East England, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great opportunity to work with open source technologies

    Cons

    As the company grows it is losing its core values.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your employees. Encourage more collaboration.


  3. "Not your average Corporation!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Farnborough, Hampshire, South East England, England
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Farnborough, Hampshire, South East England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Almost unlike any other company you've worked for before - in a GOOD way!

    Very open and approachable CEO who takes the time to listen to the opinions of his employees, no matter at what level in the company

    A true meritocracy, you're recognised and rewarded for your results

    Talented and passionate colleagues committed to the principles of Open Source

    Cons

    Processes and systems still maturing

    Can sometimes be slow to decide on a course of action as we tend towards wide consultation - although this can also lead to better decisions!

    Not for you if you like rigid hierarchies!

    Advice to Management

    Keep on doing what you're doing!


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Great company, a bit lonely."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in London, England
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Absolute commitment to Open Source and high ethical standards. Work from home. Opportunity to have an impact at global scale.

    Cons

    Work from home is a lonely business and sometimes a bit stressing. Pay is not very competitive, but that's what you get by making stuff which is free.


  6. "Great agile company"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in London, England
    Current Employee - Consultant in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Red Hat does not have the big company restrictions and policies. They are very agile still which is impressive.

    Cons

    I do not have any cons


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Ok, could be better"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Red Hat full-time

    Pros

    Working on open source projects.
    Use Linux.

    Cons

    Has become somewhat bogged down and corporate.

    Advice to Management

    Be more reactive and agile.


  8. "Bright, passionate people"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Engineer in London, England
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Engineer in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Loads of really bright, passionate people, and so much to do that there are lots of opportunities to find interesting stuff to do. The company is well geared to remote working, if that's something you're looking to do, and there are also chances to move around into different roles.

    Push for increased diversity seems to be taken seriously.

    Cons

    Many roles, particularly remote ones, need you to take control of your life and career. This is great for many people, but requires discipline.

    Advice to Management

    Keep talking, keep consulting, note cultural differences between engineering and the field.


  9. "Definitely recommend it"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Farnborough, Berkshire, South East England, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Farnborough, Berkshire, South East England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The culture is amazing and the people are so lovely
    Loved elevenses on Fridays and had so my fun in Red Hat week.

    Cons

    Management
    Politics and "protection"
    If you are protected by the higher management then you become untouchable no matter how bad you are.
    Some managers have no idea what they are doing

    Advice to Management

    Get more experience


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Operations Specialist"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Culture of the company and the employees

    Cons

    management, no work-life balance,


  11. "Fun place to work"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in London, England
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some very smart and inspiring people from all around the world work here, and it is great to work and solve problems with them on software that helps drive so many businesses world wide.

    Great flexibility working from home, and while spending time abroad.

    Cons

    Hours can become very long due to not enough investment in having enough people. The flexible working hours go some way towards making up for that though.

    Advice to Management

    Revisit the new salary adjustment criteria, and communicate big changes before they happen. This is supposed to be an open company.


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