At Red Hat, 96 percent of employees say their workplace is great.



This review is based on 1917 employee surveys, with a 90% confidence level and a margin of error of ± 1.47. It was published on Sep 10, 2018. 1268 Visitors

What Employees Say

I'm proud to tell others I work here.
I am able to take time off from work when I think it's necessary.
People here are willing to give extra to get the job done.
People here are given a lot of responsibility.
I feel good about the ways we contribute to the community.

What They Do

We asked Red Hat to explain what they do. Here is what they had to say.

Red Hat is the world's leading provider of open source software solutions, using a community-powered approach to provide reliable and high-performing cloud, operating system (Linux), middleware, storage, management, mobile, and virtualization technologies.

About this Company

Website: Industry: Information Technology
US Headquarters: Raleigh, North Carolina, 27601 Major Locations: Durham, North Carolina; Westford, Massachusetts; Sunnyvale, California; Tyson's Corner, Virginia; Boston, Massachusetts
Corporate Structure: Public Stock Symbol: RHT
Founded: 1993

Red Hat is an open organization.

Perks and Programs

We asked Red Hat to share a few programs they feel really capture what's unique about their workplace. Here is what they had to say.

  • Celebrating People, Brand, and Culture: Held every October, We Are Red Hat Week (WARHW) connects our associates to one another through education, engagement, and celebration, and it’s what many describe as their favorite week of the year. Red Hatters around the world participate in activities that celebrate our unique culture. They may share stories about their experience based on new prompts each day of the week. Or participate in live webcasts on inclusive team strategies. Or use reward points to recognize their peers. Many offices also plan volunteer outings to make a difference in their communities. In honor of the release of our first Linux-based offering, the week culminates with a Halloween-themed episode of The Show, our quarterly company video. There are Halloween parties with refreshments, a costume contest, and even a goofy skit put on by senior leaders. All celebrating our culture, our history, and, most importantly, our people.
  • Company-wide Discussion Board: Red Hat prides itself on being a company where the best ideas can come from anywhere. Quite often that “anywhere” is memo-list, an internal email list that serves as a company-wide forum for discussions on just about anything. Memo-list cuts through the hierarchy that discourages sharing and ideation in traditional organizations, giving all associates a voice to build influence among their peers. Any associate can send an email to memo-list, giving them direct access to the entire company. Even our CEO. Memo-list has facilitated debates around where we’re headed as a company, what technologies we use internally, changes to our benefits policies, and much more. Associates self monitor threads to ensure conversations stay on topic and discourage any insensitive or inflammatory remarks. A cross-functional group of Red Hatters established guidelines that keep memo-list manageable, useful, and meaningful, as well as encourage fair and thoughtful debate.
  • Spotlighting Employees Around the World: “The Show” is a quarterly video telling the real stories behind the people that make Red Hat such an incredible place to work. Episodes reinforce our culture, demonstrate the power of open source, and remind associates they are a part of something great. A segment on how a team tests the user experience of our products with visually impaired high school students? An associate from Product Security rapping on the roof of our headquarters office to celebrate the global impact of the open source way? We’ve done both. We’ve even seen our CEO win a dance-off challenge against another senior leader. It’s a big deal when a new episode premieres. Show parties are held in offices around the world where associates gather, connect, and enjoy tasty treats while watching. Offices compete to throw the most elaborate party and a chance to be featured in a future episode.
  • No Question Off Limits: Modeled after Reddit threads of the same name, the Red Hat Ask Me Anything series gives all associates the opportunity to ask our executives any question they’d like. Questions are submitted ahead of time via email and the intranet. Associates vote on those they most want answered, and a member of the executive team addresses as many as they can with associates following along on memo-list, our internal discussion board. So far we’ve run successful sessions with our CEO and our Chief People Officer. Questions ran the gamut of company strategy, our competitors, HR policy, IT practices, and hiring plans. They were also personal and even silly. For instance, employees stumped our CEO with the high-priority question: “Is a hot dog a sandwich?” Generating great feedback and building morale, these sessions demonstrate our leadership team’s commitment to two-way communication about any topic our associates desire.
  • Embracing Diversity + Inclusion: The success of an open organization like Red Hat depends on all associates having a voice. Our Diversity + Inclusion (D+I) Communities help empower traditionally underrepresented groups to feel empowered to use their voice to make a difference at Red Hat—and beyond. These voluntary, associate-led groups foster diversity and inclusion within Red Hat. Members gain professional and leadership skills, build relationships across business areas and geographies, connect with possible mentors and mentees, raise awareness for underrepresented groups, and make a difference both at work and in the community at large. Currently, there are five Red Hat-supported communities in operation, with more in the works. Each is organized differently, based on the community’s needs and organizational maturity. Members don’t have to identify with the group’s dimension of diversity to join. As long as they support the mission, allies are welcome and encouraged to participate.
  • Recognizing Leaders Across Red Hat: Through the General H. Hugh Shelton Chairman’s Award program, Red Hat recognizes and honors leaders at all levels of the organization. Associates around the globe nominate their co-workers via submissions filled with stories about tremendous work ethic, passion for open source, and dedication to the growth and success of Red Hat. Each winner and a guest are invited to Red Hat Summit, our annual industry conference, where they are acknowledged at a dinner and with a commemorative video. But that’s just the start. Throughout the year, they are celebrated internally via digital signs, the intranet, and our quarterly company video. Recognized for their impact, their achievements, and the ways they make Red Hat a great place to work every day, honorees embody what makes Red Hat unique and personify our culture in everything they do.
  • A Common Onboarding Experience: Red Hat has a unique culture that can be difficult to grasp at first. That’s why all new associates attend new hire orientation (NHO), an organized primer for working in an open organization, in their first two days at Red Hat. More than a boring, boilerplate rundown of tedious aspects of daily work life, NHO is an opportunity to get new associates up to speed—to empower them to make an impact right away. U.S.-based associates travel to either our Raleigh, N.C. headquarters or our Westford, Mass. office. They hear from thought leaders, subject matter experts, and cultural ambassadors from across the company who educate them about our strategy, open source identity, brand, and all that it means to be a Red Hatter. And before they leave, they get the iconic symbol of Red Hat—their own red fedora.
  • Red Hat Cares: Red Hat strives to strengthen and do good in the communities where our associates live and work. Our corporate citizenship program, Red Hat Cares, helps us sustain and build partnerships with organizations that are actively solving community problems. Red Hat Cares includes grants to nonprofit organizations, gift matching and global volunteer programs, as well as leadership engagement. It primarily focuses efforts in areas Red Hatters care about the most, including organizations that provide for basic human needs, STEM education, and health education. We provide targeted corporate contributions to qualified nonprofit organizations in the communities where we operate. In true open source fashion, associates are encouraged to nominate nonprofit organizations for consideration to receive grants on a quarterly basis. Red Hat hosts focused volunteer activities throughout the year, especially during National Volunteer Week and We Are Red Hat Week. Team and individual volunteering is also encouraged.
  • Changing the Definition of Leadership: Developing effective leaders at every level is central to Red Hat’s success. They create productive relationships and results that benefit all stakeholders. Two programs are at the center of those efforts: Accelerated Leadership Development Program (ALDP) and Accelerated Leadership Development Experience (ALDE). Both are key strategies for developing the leadership bench strength needed to move the company forward. Comprised of a selective yet balanced group representing the many dimensions of our associates and business, participants have a wide impact. Graduates of these programs lead organizations that account for 67% of all Red Hat associates. We encourage participants to feel a sense of pride in their accomplishments while challenging their thinking and identities. The intent is to develop exponential leaders—those who create leaders, who create leaders, and so on. Like everything we do, we believe leadership is better when it’s shared and not confined or defined by a role.


  • 401(k) or 403b Program
  • Employee stock purchase plan (ESPP)
  • Employee stock ownership plan (ESOP)
  • Restricted stock units
New York City Red Hatters exploring the city together.


  • Flexible schedule
  • Telecommute option
  • Onsite Amenities (Our amenities vary by office, but many include free snacks and drinks, gaming areas, full-service cafeteria, gyms and fitness areas, massage days, nutritionists, auto maintenance pickup and dropoff, discount programs of all kinds, ergonomic assessments, full-service mail and shipping office, on-site notary, wellness fairs and seminars, and rewards & recognition programs.)


  • Lactation room(s)
  • Paid sick leave to care for a child or relative


  • Mental health care
  • Alternative treatments (such as acupuncture, homeopathy, or chiropractic)
  • Fertility treatments

Community and Environmental Impact

3 LEED certified building(s) Yes Sustainable commuting program
Yes Recycling program


  • Diversity and Inclusion Program Manager oversees diversity and inclusion practices
  • Written policy prohibits discrimination based on (at a minimum) age, disability, race/ethnicity, religious beliefs, gender and sexual orientation
  • Formal programs (such as resource groups, mentorship, networking, or other affinity groups) support professional development for: Under-represented racial/ethnic minority groups; Women; Lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender employees
  • Non-birth parents in same-sex relationships can take parental leave
  • Medical care covers gender confirmation surgery
Red Hatters love to volunteer together and give back to their communities.
Celebrating Red Hat's new hires in our Raleigh headquarters.

How to Get Hired

We asked Red Hat for some inside information on how to get hired at the organization. Here is what they had to say.

What key characteristics tell you a prospective employee will be a great fit for your company?

Our recruiters look for people who can quickly learn how to work in our open culture by sharing examples of what makes our culture unique (and sometimes challenging). Working at Red Hat is not the same as working in open source, and it’s a world away from most corporate environments. Our hiring process is laser-focused on finding people who care about cultivating our unique open culture as much as we do. We look for candidates who believe in our mission, embody our values—freedom, courage, commitment, and accountability—and understand how to live them in balance. We use a behavior-based interview style to assess candidates against our eight enterprise competencies. All are key to success, but the Red Hat Multiplier is critical to thriving here. It includes the ability to: connect, extend trust, be transparent, collaborate, and promote inclusive meritocracy.

What can prospective employees do to get your attention?

Apply to the role that best fits your skills and experience. Make sure your resume and Linkedin profile reflect your most recent experience and show connections between your prior work and the job’s required skills. Show us how your experience can be put to use in the job you’re applying for. Help us see why you'd be a fit without us having to ask the obvious questions. Candidates active in open source communities and using open source to build better software are always on our radar. Have a portfolio of open source contributions. Show us you’re ready to embrace our open culture. Our ideal candidate will be excited by the prospect of intellectual debate and knows that’s how the best solutions are achieved. They are also passionate about decision making. They’re comfortable with receiving feedback. They commit to a decision and iterative improvement using open source’s “fail faster” principle.

Are there any positions or types of candidates you are particularly focused on hiring in this coming year?

We’re a fast-growing company, so teams throughout our organization are always hiring. This year we’re focused on hiring technical consultants or architects in the OpenShift® and OpenStack® arenas. We need technical sales account managers who can create partner relationships, and we’re also looking to hire people for support roles who are both technical and customer savvy and who possess strong client-facing skills.

What should interested candidates do to find out more and get started?

Check out our open opportunities: New jobs are posted daily, so check back soon if you don’t see one that’s a fit for you. Join our talent community to stay notified about new job openings and recruiting events through the link at the bottom of our jobs site that says "Stay in touch." Our candidate info guide can help you on your journey to getting hired at Red Hat: If you’re interested in applying for a technical role but don’t align with all or most of the required skills, consider a training or certification course: Attend meetups or look into technical events in your area. They’ll bring you up to speed on current technologies and allow you to meet people who are active in upstream communities.

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