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Great building and perks, incompetent managers, great co-workers, position lock-in, inaccurate recruitment promises.

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Former Employee - Windows Systems Administrator II in San Antonio, TX
Former Employee - Windows Systems Administrator II in San Antonio, TX

I worked at Rackspace

Pros

The fellow administrators (Rackers) are amazing people and the company does a lot to foster that family feeling. The building has a lot of perks and makes it somewhat comfortable place to be. If you happen to work first shift, there are lots of opportunities to train and such. And of course you have a lot of freedom in how you dress, etc.

Cons

Staffing levels are so tight you can not take time off without burdening your team. Due the heavy emphasis on "family" in the company, that translates to looking down on even taking sick time when needed as you are putting more pressure on an already stressed out team. Managers are taking the attitude of flinging poo at the wall and seeing what sticks as far as ideas on maintaining growth. The infrastructure, including tools you will use daily to do your job, are unreliable and poorly maintained, and there is little effort or emphasis on fixing that. Senior leadership is spending a lot of time out of the company touring the press, etc.

Also, it appears that this company has forgotten who butters the bread. Non-technical staff are inconsiderate of the support staff by entering the building loudly, acting as if they are not walking by admins on the phone with customers, etc.

It appears to that there is a massive PR campaign in progress to position Rackspace as an acquistion.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

It's simple: When the best and brightest leave, and they all leave for the same reason perhaps you should take notice and do something about that. While you may have been a leader in the past, you will get nowhere unless you have the strong support of your administrators ... in case you've forgotten, and it appears you have, those are the people who make Rackspace great: Not your marketing people, not your managers, not billing. Rackspace appears to have completely lost it's way.

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  1. 2 people found this helpful

    Great people, great company

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    Current Employee - Director in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Director in San Antonio, TX

    I have been working at Rackspace

    Pros

    Rackers have autonomy over their work and there is ample room for career progression. It's great to work with so many smart, engaged people. It makes being at work fun :).

    Cons

    Fast growth creates all kinds of challenges. Not all bad, but it can be frustrating, depending on the person. Change is a constant at Rackspace. Changing teams, projects, seating etc. If you're not flexible and adaptable, you'll be frustrated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    With so much growth and change, communication is always a challenge. Finding the right medium and frequency to ensure everyone has the same information has to remain a priority.

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  2. 1 person found this helpful

    Great... but not sure if its a keeper

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in San Antonio, TX

    I have been working at Rackspace

    Pros

    Good culture, extremely laid back - but your best is expected. There are people in every team who hold their teammates accountable for quality work. Management tries to promote from within, so for the most part they are connected with what the needs of the team are.

    Cons

    compensation, compensation, compensation. Raises are a joke, small bumps are insulting - if there isn't enough money in the pot for a decent raise, then shell out stock and a hefty bonus.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I understand when the company was smaller, it was cheaper to let a heavyweight go and train up a new person. Now that the company is getting bigger $1B revenue means this is now the big leagues. You need to pay better to keep your top people, who else is going to keep your culture alive? If the average senior sysad or Engineer is only staying 3-4 years, you are losing culture and valuable experience when they move along to a competitor. 9 out of 10 rackers will tell you they LOVE this company, but at the end of the day people are going to go where the money is. Right now its a good time to be an experienced IT professional, step up or lose out.

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