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Growing Red Hat plans to hire hundreds in 2013

Posted February 1, 2013

— As Triangle-based Red Hat employees continue to settle into the company's new downtown Raleigh headquarters, the global open-source software company has plans to add hundreds more to its ranks in the coming months. 

Red Hat has grown by about 20 percent a year and is targeting $1.13 billion in revenue in 2013. 

Lee Congdon, Red Hat's chief information officer, said the optimism around Red Hat, its services and its new location is contagious. 

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"We have plans for adding 1,000 associates around the world, and some of those will be in Raleigh," Congdon said Thursday. "We really think (the new tower) is going to have impact on downtown Raleigh. Having so many people work in one place is good for us, and people really seem to like the environment."

Even with a brand new location to call home, many of Red Hat's employees work remotely, either from home or elsewhere.

That flexibility coupled with the excitement over the company's growth is something Congdon said helps make Red Hat a desired place to work for between 650 and 700 people in the Triangle alone. 

"We have associates in almost 80 locations in 30 different countries, but almost 20 percent of our associates work from home," Congdon said. "Our folks are more productive when they can take time off for the soccer match and them come back and handle emails in the evening."

That style is something Red Hat promotes across all of its locations, and it's an approach Congdon said he expects to see other companies use more in the future.

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  • Uhavenoclu Feb 1, 6:47 p.m.

    I see those evil rich folks are creating more low-paying foreign jobs, lol. Weaker Pelosi

    The reason there are so many jobs out of the country and why the wal marts and others hire and make the stuff overseas is...................IMPORT TAX...The Government gets more money on products and workers overseas and bringing the products back into this country with the import tax then if they were made here....TA DA!

  • Terkel Feb 1, 5:25 p.m.

    ""We have plans for adding 1,000 associates around the world, and some of those will be in Raleigh,"

    Breakdown of numbers in each 3rd world country, please?

  • happymom Feb 1, 5:01 p.m.

    ""Working from home is a lay mans term for LAZY"

    "That only applies to government employees. And, of course, in-office government employees too."

    Wish someone would have told me that. I'm a former government employee (with UNC). I averaged 50 hours per week and often worked over 60 hours. Never less than 40. And I know many other people who did the same.

    I will never understand the stereotyping of government workers. While there are some slackers (every sector of employment has some lazy people), most are hard workers. And they do their jobs for less pay and less appreciation than anyone in the private sector.

  • Obamacare rises Feb 1, 4:28 p.m.

    I see those evil rich folks are creating more low-paying foreign jobs, lol.
    Weaker Pelosi

    I went ahead and fixed this for you.

  • busyb97 Feb 1, 3:57 p.m.

    Maybe YOU would be lazy working from home. That doesnt mean others are. It is actually a very practical way for companies to be family friendly for their employees, save lots of money on facility.....as long as the employee does his work.

  • Weaker Pelosi Feb 1, 3:34 p.m.

    I see those evil rich folks are creating more jobs, lol.

  • ncmike Feb 1, 3:31 p.m.

    "Working from home is a lay mans term for LAZY" - Uhavenoclu

    man, I work from home full time and I work wayyyy more than 40 hours. I typically start by 7am and don't finish until 6pm, plus I often find myself doing work email at night. When I read these sort of baseless comments, I think - 'boy, there are some really angry people out there' that will attack anything.

  • bboley Feb 1, 3:21 p.m.

    Being a former employee who left for greener pastures I can safely say that only a small fraction of those jobs will be in Raleigh; perhaps a couple dozen. Red Hat has a well established track record of hiring in cheap labor markets such as Pune (India), Czech Republic, and Brazil. They can hire 2-3 people in Pune for the price of one RDU employee, and the rate in the Czech Republic is even cheaper.

  • Uhavenoclu Feb 1, 2:40 p.m.

    Working from home is a lay mans term for LAZY." - uhavenoclu

    Not always the case my friend! My husband works from home and I can assure you he works his bum off!

    Good for him,granted there are a few exceptions,and there are most unemployed who "Work" from home because they don't want to work.

  • itsnotmeiswear Feb 1, 2:32 p.m.

    Pretty simple to monitor a remote worker's production through utilization goals and to incentivize worker production with appropriate compensation programs. Best of luck for their continued success.

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