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Life at Red Hat

Benefits and rewards

How Red Hat rewards

The best rewards are the ones that fit your unique motivations and values. Red Hat has a flexible rewards portfolio that can offer every associate a winning combination of rewards and opportunities. Your rewards package depends on your preferences, performance, role, location, team, and manager. Help your recruiter and hiring manager understand what types of rewards are most meaningful to you.

A rewarding environment

The specifics vary by team and location, but here are a few examples of things that many Red Hatters love about their work environment.

Meritocratic and inclusive culture

At Red Hat, your ability to influence isn't defined by a job title. Everyone has the opportunity to share their ideas and make an impact.

We are Red Hat Week

Red Hatters love this week-long, global celebration. See how we celebrate our brand, culture, and people all around the world.

Ability to work remotely

About 25% of Red Hatters work remotely, and many work on globally distributed teams that are flexible with work hours and locations.

Community service and charitable contributions

Red Hatters all over the world have opportunities to volunteer and serve in the communities where they live and work. We also have a robust corporate citizenship program.

Relaxed attire and fun environment

Many Red Hatters come to work in T-shirts and jeans, and we're an active bunch that knows how to have a good time.

Teammates and friends

Be part of a team that works hard and has fun together. Red Hat is a place where you can make friends and celebrate with your family.

Freedom to learn, explore, and grow

In a fast-paced, ever-changing environment, you'll have the tools to develop your skills and the support to pursue your passions.

Meaningful work and opportunities to contribute

Red Hat is full of opportunities to use your passions and talents, make connections, and contribute throughout the company. See how.

Communities of passion

From athletic groups to coffee lovers to Agile enthusiasts to beekeeping, Red Hat has 50+ different communities dedicated to various interests. And if you don't see a community for something you love, start a new one.

Mentoring relationships

When you work with smart people who are passionate about what they do, they're eager to share what they know and offer their help.

Learning and development

Red Hat University courses build your knowledge and skills in sales, technology, leadership, or management. Take the same technical Red Hat Training and certifications that we offer our customers.

Open source projects

For many Red Hatters, open source isn't just a better way to develop software. It's a noble cause. If you love open source, there's no better place to work than Red Hat.

Celebrating a job well done

We like to give credit where credit is due. Here are a few of the many ways we honor and reward excellence at Red Hat.

Red Hat Reward Zone

Every Red Hat associate (all the way up to and including our CEO!) is granted an equal number of points to nominate other Red Hatters who go above and beyond what's expected. Red Hatters redeem these points for merchandise and gift cards.

Red Hat Chairman's Award

This peer-nominated program celebrates Red Hatters for their leadership and dedication. Chairman's Award winners are honored as leaders who embody our core values, create a positive customer experience, promote collaboration, and demonstrate expertise in their fields.

Red Hat Ambassadors

Our associate referral program rewards Red Hatters who refer talented people from their networks to come work at Red Hat.

Service awards

We celebrate every 5 years you've been with Red Hat, at our quarterly company meeting and with a personalized award.

Income, health, well-being

Money isn’t everything, but it’s a good start to building a rewards package. Along with our competitive base pay and equity programs, Red Hat’s quarterly bonus program connects company and individual performance and rewards associates for their contributions to company success. With a strong payout history, few companies offer a better bonus program to their associates.

We've got you covered

Our flexible benefits plans keep Red Hatters and their families healthy and happy, at work and at play.


In the United States, we offer a competitive benefits package including 401(k), medical, dental, and vision along with life, disability, and other coverages to support you and your family. Globally, we design our offerings to align with the needs and values of Red Hatters.

Tuition reimbursement

Take advantage of educational opportunities. Tuition reimbursement gives you a low-cost way to continue your education and development.

Office amenities

Every Red Hat office offers a unique experience, with amenities, events, and fun surprises. Take a look inside some of our global offices.

Well-being programs

Experience greater well-being through education, activities, and services that encourage healthy lifestyle choices.

I love the mobility I have in my role. Since I work remotely, I'm not bound to one office or city, and my work hours are very flexible. This allows me to plan out my day so if I need to collect a child from school in the middle of the day, I can.

Alex, Senior software engineer

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