Cultural characteristics at Red Hat include:
- An engaged workforce: Using surveys, business tools, coaching and other methods, Red Hat works hard at maintaining the engagement of its employees at all levels. Engagement means employees are passionate about their jobs, corporate mission, and the collective vision of the company.
- Collaboration: Working collaboratively on enterprise projects, and shared decision making, is a hallmark of the Red Hat open organization. Red Hat associates communicate and maintain connection through email, text, chat, business, social, and other tools.
- Open decision making: While open decision making takes longer than a traditional top-down approach, Mr. Congdon detailed its advantages. General corporate decisions are often published to associates via email in draft form, with a comment period to follow. Comments received from employees offer valuable information to decision makers on refinements to, or disagreements with, proposed change. This iterative decision-making process continues for a set period, after which an executive with authority makes a final decision. While that decision may not meet demands—it reduces or eliminates pushback when everyone has an opportunity to add to the conversation.
- Talent acquisition: Engaged associates identify and help onboard talent. As competition for talent goes global, recruiting time and costs are reduced when associates are able to recommend hires in the open source community.