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Rackspace Reviews

Updated 22 November 2014
Updated 22 November 2014
493 Reviews
3.6
493 Reviews
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Graham Weston
80 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Culture is amazing and I've never had more a better work/life balance (in 26 reviews)

  • Great culture and endless opportunities (if you earn them) (in 30 reviews)


Cons
  • Middle management is the worst I've seen in my career in most departments (in 34 reviews)

  • Work life balance can be a challenge - not nearly as bad as Amazon (in 12 reviews)

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  1.  

    soft engineer

    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Rackspace part-time

    Pros

    good environment, nice building, nice people

    Cons

    delay of product delivery... ... ...

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company to work for - Flexible, Latest Technology

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Antonio, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Antonio, TX (US)

    I have been working at Rackspace as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible
    Exciting Technology
    Work life balance
    Support Tools
    Team Support

    Cons

    Structure
    Location of the Office

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    This place is not moving in the right direction

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in San Antonio, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in San Antonio, TX (US)

    I have been working at Rackspace full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Get to work on a plethora of issues, really great co workers, personal growth in terms of learning

    Cons

    Where to start...low pay, too much of teacher pet of employee promotions and reviews. They are killing all the culture benefits like the events they use to have such as racktober fest in order to increase their bottom line. This isn't the same company as it use to be, but now just your regular any other company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your people are leaving because if it is just another mistreated, low paying company. They can be mistreated elsewhere for twice the money. I have seen people also turned down during interviews just because they missed 1 question during a 3 hour interview. You will not get good talent when you have these macho attitudes of people being afraid of being de-throned by someone else smarter coming in. This happens over and over...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    A very rewarding experience professionally and personally.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - RIOS II in San Antonio, TX (US)
    Current Employee - RIOS II in San Antonio, TX (US)

    I have been working at Rackspace full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The team environment there is top notch. The relaxed work ambience is something a lot of company's are missing today. The company lives up to its Core values

    Cons

    Upward professional mobility could be more visible.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great job fun experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Windows Systems Administrator I in San Antonio, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Windows Systems Administrator I in San Antonio, TX (US)

    I have been working at Rackspace full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Awesome environment, great place to learn

    Cons

    Somewhat overwhelming at first. Not so bad.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what they are doing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Once great, now awful

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Rackspace full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Fun events, relaxed atmosphere, casual dress, work from home etc. Some really nice people to work with.

    Cons

    Recent management hires have killed the culture. No real focus or direction, changes strategy every quarter seemingly. Cliquiest place I have ever worked. No chance of promotion unless you are pals with the management. Insane levels of brown nosing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go back to how Rackspace used to be, when it was successful. There's a reason why the staff turnover is massive.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Strong Internal Politics, Gone Downhill

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Rackspace full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Good peer atmosphere, easy to make friends
    - Some interesting technologies used, ahead of competition

    Cons

    - Very high amount of office politics, including the presence of cliques.
    - Significant brown-nosing. Promotion and advancement opportunities are limited/non-existent without it.
    - Lack of overall company strategy (changes every 3-6 months) and competitive advantage ensure that the company will fail in the future.
    - Management not open to constructive criticism and/or feedback.
    - Communication of key ideas and messages is absent or at best, delayed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Just like others have said, it's not the same anymore...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Windows Systems Administrator III in San Antonio, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Windows Systems Administrator III in San Antonio, TX (US)

    I have been working at Rackspace full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    They provide excellent training and opportunities for growth. Direct managers truly care about their employees and encourage family first.

    Cons

    It is a high stress work environment and is a LOT of work. If you are lucky enough to land on a team that works cohesively with each other it is barely tolerable. The company is in dire need of good techs to handle the current load.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Micromanaging every aspect of Racker interaction with customers is slowly eating away at RS culture. The only way to truly keep Rackers happy under such stress loads is to let us be us. You have lost the moment Rackers start dreading going to work in the morning. Look for ways to award Rackers that consistently perform. The fanatical jacket is largely an unrealistic and unattainable goal.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Nice place to work, but it's a job, not a career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer II in Hayes, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer II in Hayes, England (UK)

    I have been working at Rackspace full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Relaxed environment, friendly staff. Well-publicised culture promotes conscientious working. Lots of social events. Office facilities are very good. Varied and flexible benefits (healthcare, gym, free massages, childcare vouchers etc etc etc). Free food. An easy place to work. Will fit well around your lifestyle with a range of flexible working options. Not too much expected of you. A good, well known name to have on your CV which attracts interest from recruiters. Established progression path from DC Ops through 1st line support into the O/S specialist teams gives a great opportunity for cable guys to make the break into software support.

    Cons

    Strong "networking culture" means that exposure to the high-value work is more to do with making friends with the right people than your qualifications and performance. If you have an introvert personality, you will struggle here. Once you are in one of the O/S specialist teams the only places to go are into management (forget it unless you make friends with the right people) or into the Solution Engineer/Architect team (who are VERY picky). Confusing corporate strategy - I am never quite sure what Rackspace wants to be - a hosting company? a support services company? A software company? It seems to change every few months. Pretence of being a direct competitor to Google, Azure and Amazon is exactly that.. Rackspace's assets are its large hardware investment and the quality of the staff it attracts. Internal database/ERP systems are a mess. For most tasks, you spend longer searching for and pulling information from the myriad of loosely connected systems than you do actually working with the Customer or the supported products. Automation breaks virtually every day requiring laborious manual workarounds.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Choose a company focus and stick to it.

    Sort out the internal database systems. They are holding back productivity, affecting quality of the service delivered to Customers and causing the Company to require way more headcount than should really be necessary.

    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Rackspace

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Rackspace full-time

    Pros

    Great people to work with.

    Cons

    Lot of amazing talent to be up against,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    HR needs help organizing itself.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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