My new job

Posted on by Laura Hamlyn

Three months ago, I was hired by Red Hat to head up their new content team within a newly formed Marketing Services group. If you don't know Red Hat, they sell open source software, and are evangelists for the open source way. (See this page on for the company's latest definition of open source.)


Here's where the story gets interesting. I came to Red Hat because I experienced their culture and brand outside their offices--in the wild. Actually, from a distance, I had always admired their focus on design and clear, no-nonsense voice. More recently, I experienced the open source way first-hand as a member of the board of AIGA Raleigh. The group's president at the time was an ex-Red Hatter and passionate open source advocate. Transparency and inclusion were at the center of everything we did. I fell in love with this type of workflow, and joined Red Hat after I found I was a pretty good fit in this kind of culture.

How many times have you experienced a company's culture outside the company walls? Do you even consider culture when you interview for a job?

I'll let you know how it goes. This should be an incredible journey.