Red Hat: Enterprise open source solutions

About: Founded in 1993, Red Hat is the world’s leading provider of enterprise open source solutions—including Linux, cloud, container, and Kubernetes. We deliver hardened solutions that make it easier for enterprises to work across platforms and environments, from the core datacenter to the network edge.

Location: Headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina, United States, with offices in 40 countries across the world

Red Hat’s company culture

At Red Hat, we believe open unlocks the world’s potential. We use open source principles throughout our organisation to maximise flexibility, transparency, and speed. Our people, processes, and tools define our open culture and are the core ingredients of our success. 

Our open culture nurtures collaboration and empowers people to bring their best ideas and their best selves to work. Red Hat associates freely exchange different viewpoints, contribute ideas, and solve problems together. We celebrate diversity and inclusion. Diversity fuels our inclusive culture by bringing in many perspectives and ideas, challenging our assumptions, and inspiring innovation. Our love of collaboration, accountability, a sense of community, and a measure of autonomy combine to create a powerful force that fosters innovation and makes Red Hat a great place to work. 

At Red Hat, everyone is expected to be a leader and is responsible for creating and protecting our open culture. Open leadership is a blend of mindsets, behaviours, and practices that enable people to thrive and contribute in an open organisation like ours. Everyone at Red Hat has an opportunity to contribute to our collective success by actively participating in decision making, voicing opinions, taking part in surveys to trace the history of how and why decisions are being made throughout the organisation. Openly engaging our people in decision making enables transparency and improves efficiency. 

“Flexibility has always been a central part of our culture”: Work-life balance at Red Hat

We believe that the future of work and work-life balance is driven by flexibility. Flexibility has always been a central part of our culture, stemming from our roots in the open source software movement where developers collaborated remotely and independently. We don’t believe that any one way of working, such as being in an office for a set amount of time, is necessary for our workforce to be successful. 

To promote flexibility, we offer our associates the option to work in a way that suits them best. We’ve expanded the flexibility by offering the majority of our associates the freedom to be “office-flex”, where they can come to the office as much as they need to, or not at all if they choose. 

Our approach not only expands associate flexibility, but extends trust, gives back time and provides freedom to adapt each day to work and family needs. The benefits of expanding flexibility also don’t just accrue to associates but our approach also allows us to unlock a wider talent pool and create a lasting employer-value proposition. Not being limited by location when hiring provides a much broader opportunity to attract and retain great associates, especially when it comes to diverse talent.

“Openness and collaboration”: Working at Red Hat

Openness and collaboration are fundamental at Red Hat, extending beyond technology and into everything we do. We foster an inclusive community that values diverse perspectives. 

We are continuously evolving our ways of working to better enable collaboration, connection, and inclusion around the world. Through more innovative work spaces, adaptable technology, and new social norms, we can work better together and provide the best experience for our associates, teams and customers.

Red Hat’s company values

Red Hat associates are spread across the world doing lots of different things, approaching problems in a variety of ways. But we share our core values of:

  • Freedom to contribute, no matter what your job title is
  • Courage to express your thoughts and opinions
  • Commitment to seeing things through
  • Accountability to customers, community, and each other

At Red Hat, we are greater than the sum of our parts. We’re people who believe in the power of people. We do our best when we do things together.

Employee benefits

To attract and retain outstanding people, we offer a challenging and engaging work experience as well as benefits. There are several programs, varying by location, designed to support the well-being of Red Hat associates. Some of these include generous time away from work, global quarterly recharge day, Virgin pulse, employee assistance program (EAP), tuition reimbursement, financial well-being programs, health/salary/life insurance, salary packaging program, and more.