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Our culture is who we are

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At Red Hat, we believe that our culture is an essential part of our identity. As an open organization, our culture defines us and influences how we interact with the world. It is reflected in our products and services, but also in the way we live, work, and play.

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Open to change—yesterday, today, and tomorrow

Red Hat is moving forward in a changing world with open source technology.


Open culture, open minds

Because we believe open unlocks the world’s potential. Our people, processes, and tools define our culture and are the core ingredients of our success. We use open source principles and DevOps practices throughout our organization to maximize flexibility, transparency, and speed.

Red Hatters freely exchange different viewpoints, contribute ideas, and solve problems together. We celebrate diversity and inclusion. 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.

Red Hat’s culture makes me feel empowered to learn about new technologies and businesses, reach out and collaborate with others across the company, and contribute new ideas and opinions.

Jered F.

Technology Strategist

We believe that our open culture nurtures collaboration and empowers people to bring their best ideas—and their best selves—to work.

What does it take to be a Red Hatter?

We come from all over the world and have done lots of different things, so we approach problems in a variety of ways. But we have these values in common:

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

The result: Red Hatters become greater than the sum of our parts. We’re people who believe in the power of people. We do our best when we do good things together.



As the open source leader, Red Hat is committed to the promotion, support, and defense of software freedom. It’s a huge responsibility, and people have high expectations of us. To many Red Hatters, open source is a way to change the world for the better. Staying true to a purpose that’s larger than ourselves is core to who we are.



Red Hatters are passionate people. We’re encouraged to make our voices heard—but to also listen. We’re energized by our work and enthusiastically explore new ideas. We ask a lot of questions because we care about the answers. This curiosity pushes us to work harder and create better things for the world.



Red Hatters like solving problems and sharing ideas because good ideas can come from anyone, anywhere. Acclimating to our culture takes time. We expect information to flow freely across teams, departments, and the organization. We also collaborate through internal groups, shared hobbies, special interests, and community outreach.



We’re in an industry that is constantly changing, which presents many opportunities for growth. Life at Red Hat can feel exhilarating or overwhelming, depending on the day. Through curiosity and a willingness to learn, Red Hatters are encouraged to build new skills, allowing them to explore their passions.

Red Hat makes 100 Best Companies to Work For

For the fourth year in a row, we’ve made the list of America’s best employers.

Think you’d like to be a Red Hatter?

Find out what’s it’s like to work with people who are passionate about making an impact in the world of open source.

The best ideas win

Great ideas come from sharing diverse perspectives. Red Hat is dedicated to creating an inclusive environment for everyone, regardless of background.

Doing good things—together

Being open means reaching beyond ourselves to help others. From local communities to global concerns, we have a responsibility to do what we can to make a difference.

Transform your culture

Any organization can be open. The first step is making the commitment to transform. Embracing open source values sets the stage for transformation into an open organization.

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