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5 people found this helpful  

Has some good, has some bad

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

I have been working at Rackspace full-time

Pros

Fun atmosphere, team bonding events, rapid growth

Cons

While Rackspace is a fun place to work for most of the employees, it does have some low points just like any company. The sales side has always and is still plagued by a "good old boy" system where middle management tend to hire their drinking buddies and friends. One example of this is when a co-worker of mine had an internal interview with one of the managers and he actually stopped in the middle of it because he could tell the manager wasn't paying attention to any of his answers and "wasn't into the interview". Even though my co-worker had worked there for a couple of years and was qualified the manager already had someone picked that he wanted to hire from outside the company.

Rackspace also has a very strong PR engine, maybe too strong however. There's a point where you drink "too much of your own kool aid" and you pat yourself on the back a little too much. This became apparent when someone I knew applied for a position and came to interview. He was walked around and got to spend time in the work environment and talk to a lot of people. It became apparent to him quickly that the people he spoke to were not on the same level as he was and he knew he would have difficulty working in that environment so when the Rackspace recruiter extended him the offer, he politely turned it down. The recruiter went off on him telling him he was making the biggest mistake of his life and that this was Rackspace and he was a fool to burn this bridge. He simply replied that he guessed it was his mistake to make if he wanted.

Salaries are another thing, they tend to be below average especially when compared to their competitors which is why they lost a lot of good talent over the years to the competition. A lot of people like the thought of working at a place like Rackspace however and will overlook the lower salaries.

Rackspace has enjoyed tremendous growth over the years, however this is a double edged sword. Many of the people there get promoted quickly due to the company preferring to promote from within, which is admirable, but can cause issues when a person gets promoted too quickly. This leads to a huge gap in capabilities between a senior manager at Rackspace vs a senior manager at another company in the industry. It's not uncommon for someone to be promoted 3 times in 2 years. This of course is part of the reason there were two rounds of layoffs at the company (which were not advertised of course) where they weeded out quite a few individuals, although this was mostly on the sales side.

All in all, it's a great place to work for most of the "rank and file" employees such as account managers, sales, marketing coordinators, etc. but it can be a very difficult environment for core developers or data architects to work in. Rackspace is still a great company that has introduced new and cutting edge services and has given back to the community in numerous ways, just keep in mind that every silver cloud has a dark lining.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Make sure you really know what is going on in your departments and not just "the big picture", especially when compared to the competition.

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    A great place for a career if you can make yourself stand out and stick to its core values

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    Current Employee - Network Security Administrator I in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Network Security Administrator I in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Rackspace likes to maintain it's startup-like culture. Casual dress, free food everywhere, free sodas, fun team outings, etc. But most of all, I would have to say the best part of this company is the caliber of employees they hire. This includes not only their skills but also their personality. You can be a very high level expert in a field but they won't hire you if you have the social skills of a brick. Real-work skills and experience are important that are relevant to your position.

    Cons

    Don't expect to start out with a high salary here. You will have to earn your place at the company for the first couple of years, but after that you'll be rewarded handsomely. The one best mitigator is the large amount of vacation. We get 20 core vacation days on top of every single Federal holiday.

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  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Awesome Company

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

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

    Pros

    Love coming to work every day.
    Able to work with bleeding edge technology.
    Working on problems no one else has faced.
    Great relaxed environment

    Cons

    Politics are quite heavy especially when looking for a raise/promotion.
    The environment can be quite loud making it difficult to concentrate.
    Don't keep up with the rest of the industry on pay scale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more to keep you talent.
    Have more attractive offices to attract the better talent (Austin, LA, SF, Seattle, etc)

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