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Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  San Francisco, CA
Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
Application Details

I applied through a recruiter. The process took 5 days - interviewed at Rackspace in August 2011.

Interview Details

Had three interviews of two people each. About an hour long. There was a technical, culture, and management interview.
The technical was fun, detailed, the interviewers were all very clever, but casual. We laughed a bit.
The management interview was a little more straight laced, going over the resume etc.
Culture talked about what I was like to work with, things I liked doing out side of work. I really enjoyed that they discussed what the work culture was like, and how we bring our full selves into the company, rather than just our work.

Interview Questions
  • In perspective, the hardest question Rackspace asks is "What makes a good culture?"
    I think the company believes that you should hire smart, good people first, and empower them to make the company better. If you can't imagine how you want to work, and what a good culture is, you probably won't be a good fit.
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    Software Developer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  San Antonio, TX
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Antonio, TX
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Rackspace in November 2012.

    Interview Details

    A recruiter knocked me on LinkedIn. I wasn't sure about it but I replied positively. Then a phone screen took place with the recruiter. Next day, the team manager called for another interview and he asked some basic Java/SE questions. Next week recruiter asked me for the on-site interview. Then I went to on-site interview at San Antonio with the team they were hiring for.

    Interview Questions
    • -> Discussion related to my previous work - what I did, how I did
      -> What was the most challenging project I did so far and why
      -> Ask to design a high level project related to Engine.
      -> Some basic questions in the area of big data - Hadoop related questions
      -> Lot of team discussion related to Chef & Puppet
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    Reasons for Declining

    Below the market rate. Living cost in Austin & San Antonio are almost same, but they offered below the market rate of Austin's cloud industry.

    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Software Developer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  San Antonio, TX
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Antonio, TX
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Rackspace in March 2013.

    Interview Details

    Really straightforward - I had one extremely brief phone interview (~10mins) with a recruiter to (I assume) judge the seriousness of my qualifications. He then scheduled a phone interview with a hiring manager for later that week.

    Hiring manager phone interview was quite a bit more in depth, went in to my background and technical areas of expertise, was about 30 mins. Asked lots of questions about my work process and philosophy.

    Heard back from a scheduler a few days later to set up an in-person interview. Four hours long, one hour blocks with two people in each. They also had me fill out a paper application with the usual info, nothing unexpected.

    First round of interviews was okay, however one of the interviewers was 50 minutes late and that made the end extremely rushed. Other interviewer wasn't comfortable really digging in without the other present, so it ended up being an hour long general chat. He asked me mostly culture fit questions when he asked anything, talked a lot about work history.

    Second round of interview was pretty tough. Two very high level programmers grilled me on my technical skills, looking to see where my limit was. They easily found it, but then circled back to try to re-ask questions from before in other ways. I ended up knowing more than I realized once they explained their questions a little more. Extremely friendly, and even gave me some super short and sweet Python lessons on finer points I wasn't familiar with.

    Third round was general technical screening questions. Asked general stuff about server software, DNS, HTTP, etc. Asked lots of questions about testing and QA. Some more general interview questions and whiteboarding as well.

    Final round was with the hiring manager and one of the lead programmers from the team. Extremely friendly, wanted to talk mostly about team and culture fit. Asked lots of general interview questions like "Describe a time when you resolved a disagreement with a team member."

    Still waiting to hear back from HR, was told I should have a decision either way within a week.

    Interview Questions
    • The interviewer drew a diagram of a web page with a url in the bar at the top. He said "Okay, so I'm going to visit rackspace.com. I hit enter in my browser window. What happens next?"   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Software Developer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  San Antonio, TX
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Antonio, TX
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4 months - interviewed at Rackspace in April 2011.

    Interview Details

    I was referred to this position by my brother. Sent my resume to his manager in late January, and had someone from HR contact me a week later to schedule an in-house interview. Had to reschedule twice, once due to a time conflict on their end, and once more because of inclement weather. Finally interviewed with the team the first week of February. When I got to Rackspace I was greeted by the recruiter who was my point of contact, he gave me a quick tour of the facilities and then took me to one of their interviewing rooms. The interview was split into 3 hour-long interviews, first two were developers the last one was a manager type. The questions were not hard and a long the lines of "Tell us about yourself", "Tell us about interesting projects", "Why Rackspace?", etc.

    Got an email from the recruiter two weeks later saying the interview went "VERY well" (emphasis his) and that I was still under consideration, and that he would have an answer for me "soon". Didn't hear anything again for a month, so I emailed the recruiter to ask what happened. Got a reply the next day to hang tight, but still no answer. A week later the recruiter contacted me again to schedule another interview with a different team. Had a second interview in April, it was more of the same back-to-back hour long interviews.

    I waited until the end of April without any feedback from the recruiter about the second interview. Emailed him a couple of times but never received a reply. It's now been two months since my last interview, so I'm giving up hope on ever getting a reply. I am very disappointed with the lack of communication from the recruiter.

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    Negative Experience
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    Software Developer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  San Antonio, TX
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Antonio, TX
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Rackspace in January 2011.

    Interview Details

    Applied online.
    Got a call from HR. Had a phone screen of basic technical questions related to the position.
    Next I had to send some source code to solve some programming problems.
    Later I had a phone interview with my future manager; it was mostly a conversation on my experience and my interests regarding the position. After that I had two more phone screens with other developers. These where more technical interviews. They asked me questions regarding the subjects I was expected to know. After this I was called for an in person interview which lasted 3 hours. There where various sessions of 30 min. each. I interviewed with the whole team. Two of the team members asked me some pretty tough/obscure Java questions, but they were kind enough to offer tips and advice in the process, this really helped since I was very nervous.
    It was a good experience. I got an offer the day after the in person interview.
    The work culture is awesome, simply the best place I've work in up to now.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Software Developer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  San Antonio, TX
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Antonio, TX
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Rackspace in July 2010.

    Interview Details

    The interview consisted of 2 phone interviews, one with the recruiter and one with the team manager. Recruiter was nice, though 30 minutes late. The manager asked a lot of Java and OOP questions, garbage collection, threads, interfaces, abstract classes.
    In person interview consisted of similar basic java questions, some linux commands, simple programming questions (reverse string).

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Software Developer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Blacksburg, VA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Blacksburg, VA
    Application Details

    The process took 1+ week - interviewed at Rackspace in March 2010.

    Interview Details

    Was contacted by recruiter. Arrange a phone interview with a team member within days. The phone interview was 30-40 minutes, consisted of background questions, and ended with a data modeling question. After 2-3 days, was asked to take a skills test to be returned back in 2 days. Questions consisted of writing a justify text app, removing white space and duplicates from a string, spiral printing, and others. Two days after submitting the answers was told its a no go.

    Interview Questions
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    Neutral Experience
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    Software Developer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Rackspace in March 2010.

    Interview Details

    I got a phone screening (very basic questions). 1 week later I got a non technical phone interview. 1 week after that, technical phone interview. Several days later I got a technical interview. Data structures, design patters, and database theory. Several days later I got an on-site interview. Interviewed by two engineers with 5 to 8 years of experience. Focused on language specifics. Rate yourself on language X. Then, asked some obscure question on language usage. What's the most complicated task you have completed with language X. Asked about formal definitions of closures, class functions, polymorphism. Asked to design a solution to integrate various independent business within the company. Asked what type of role you see yourself in (from what I could tell the company does not have systems engineers, data modeling specialists, etc. they are all software engineers with various levels of responsibilities. Some are entry level, domain owners (control all aspects of a subsystem), senior developers.) Then interviewed by three senior level developers. Asked to do data modeling. (Advice - study data modeling patterns and when to apply them). Asked about design patterns. Implement singleton pattern. Asked critical thinking questions (see programming interviews exposed book). Interviewed by senior management / human resources. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Why rackspace? Rackspace is a big company, you have only worked at small companies, what kind of culture shock do you expect?

    General Advice:
    brush up on language specifics: closures, design patterns, language trivia
    brush up on data modeling
    read programming interviews exposed

    Interview Questions
    • Implement a data model for a toy train company. The company produces parts that are included for purchase in various kits. Design a data model that keeps track of parts, kits (with different version of the same kit), orders, and inventory.   Answer Question
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    Software Developer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a day - interviewed at Rackspace in February 2010.

    Interview Details

    i scheduled an interview for monday at 4:30 they missed the call again was asked to schedule it for wednesday got a call 15 mins late and the guy who interviewed me did not even know the position i applied for . the questions were very random

    Interview Questions
    • he asked me wether there is any other thing i wanted him to ask me   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

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