Red Hat Employee Reviews about "work life balance"

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  • "Great work life balance, open development model(in 126 reviews)

  • "great culture and small office makes it more personal(in 101 reviews)

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  • "Work life balance pretty much non-existent in finance(in 40 reviews)

  • "Expected growing pains of a startup growing into a full organization(in 35 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Best job I've ever had

      Jul 4, 2019 - Senior Principal Software Engineer in London, England, England
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      Pros

      Clever people Things I believe in (open source, #1) Good work/life balance Open culture

      Cons

      The open culture can make for some painful communications on occasion. The IBM acquisition leaves things a little uncertain.

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    2. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Downfall of a great company

      Oct 31, 2019 - Sales Representative in Farnborough, Hampshire, South East England, England, England
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      Pros

      Great colleagues Good Work/Life Balance Free coffee, fruit and snacks.

      Cons

      Internal bureaucracy. Nowadays there are "hundreds" of Project Managers in Sales Ops who are changing processes/rules monthly and adding more "layers" in order to justify their roles. (e.g. the new quoting tool is a joke!). Red Hat Culture & Values are disappearing quickly. People (or better management) say that" Red Hat is still Red Hat" after the IBM takeover. However everybody knows that this is not true as IBM is already stepping over Red Hat. My 2 cents that in 2 years Red Hat will be full blue.

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      8 people found this review helpful
    3. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Dream job

      Oct 26, 2017 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      Open Source is a way of life for many of the people who work at Red Hat. Seems to be a real commitment to work-life balance.

      Cons

      Lots of new people as we expand. Culture difficult to keep pure.

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    4. 3.0
      Former Employee

      Operations Specialist

      Apr 13, 2017 -  
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      Pros

      Culture of the company and the employees

      Cons

      management, no work-life balance,

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    5. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Best place I've ever worked

      Jun 24, 2016 - Senior Software Engineer in Glasgow, Scotland, Scotland
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      Pros

      Fantastic culture and open organisation. Red Hat is growing and had become a large company while maintaining it's core values and dedicated to open source. With a flexible and good work life balance and the opportunity to work from home, Red Hat is really a great place to be.

      Cons

      Although most of the time it isn't a problem, sometimes the company can feel a bit big. As a remote employee it is hard to get to know people, but when there are several thousand around the world this can be even trickier.

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    6. 1.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Got to to be in the "in crowd" to do interesting work and get promotion, and watch your back

      May 6, 2014 - Software Engineer 
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      Pros

      Working remotely means you don't have to meet any of the "egos" personally. It is good to work for a company where everything is open source, from your desktop, mail client/developer tools, to the code you're developing or supporting. This makes a refreshing change from proprietary companies.

      Cons

      If you work remotely be prepared to get routinely passed over for everything, not in the office means you're effectively invisible. Much of the engineering work is just bug fixing, even principal developers seem to do little else. If you want the interesting development work, you have to do something to be noticed, and then be prepared to back stab your way through the queue of people for that coveted work. Then you'll invariably have to deal with the egos, and Red Hat has a lot of engineers with ego problems. Work-life balance can be frustrating. I often get to work past midnight. Not that you'll spend the entire time working, rather waiting for the baroque bureaucracy to complete. Personal growth: zero.

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    7. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Software Quality Engineer

      Jan 11, 2021 - Software Quality Engineer in Bangalore
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      Pros

      Flexible, no micromanagement, good work-life balance, lot of redhat certifications can be with free of cost

      Cons

      Pay is not great, no onsight opportunities

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    8. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      GREAT opportunities for growth, but stretched a bit thin

      Jan 14, 2021 - Principal Software Engineer 
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      Pros

      I've been able to pursue the work that seemed most important to me during my tenure at Red Hat, even to the extent that I was part of starting a new build service and then, later, starting a new team to help with it. Red Hat offers the chance to solve problems in the ways that seem best to our team, and has a huge well of talent and experience to draw on for advice. Red Hat also doesn't (officially) demand that you spend a lot of time doing off-hours work, though the needs of communication in globally distributed teams often makes this much more ambiguous.

      Cons

      Infrastructure and team efficiency support is not always the best. You can pursue the solutions you think best, but the downside is that you might have to support it yourself. Our organization has been a bit reluctant to adopt some more modern practices, such as SRE and service observability. You are in charge of your own education and training, in order to implement solutions to your problems. Although Red Hat does offer a wide array of training courses, finding time to take them can be quite challenging. Finally, global distribution of engineering teams has taken a large toll with some teams, in terms of finding a sustainable work-life balance (you simply cannot factor out timezones).

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    9. 4.0
      Former Employee

      Booming

      Jan 15, 2021 - Senior Financial Analyst in Raleigh, NC
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      Pros

      Company looks after its employers

      Cons

      Work life balance pretty much non-existent in finance

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    10. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Great opportunity to enhance career skills

      Jan 14, 2021 - Channel Sales 
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      Pros

      Fantastic people, good work life balance and competitive benefits

      Cons

      Still developing a strong go to market channel strategy

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