Rackspace

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Rackspace Reviews in London, UK

Updated January 28, 2015
Updated January 28, 2015
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Pros
  • Culture is amazing and I've never had more a better work/life balance (in 25 reviews)

  • Great culture and endless opportunities (if you earn them) (in 31 reviews)


Cons
  • Middle management is the worst I've seen in my career in most departments (in 33 reviews)

  • Sometimes the work life balance can be difficult (in 13 reviews)

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  1.  

    Like no other

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    Current Employee - Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Manager in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Rackspace full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Rackspace is an incredible place to work. You're surrounded by brilliant and fun people to start off with. Development and training opportunities are abundant & You've every chance to advance your career and move up wards, and sideways

    Cons

    Tools and systems are a little painful, and sometimes the US have too much say in affair

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sort out a working automation and development team (Internal)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great culture and people

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Linux Systems Administrator III in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Linux Systems Administrator III in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Rackspace full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great culture, people and you can always learn new things from your co_worker.

    Cons

    Depend on which department you are in there may be limited opportunity to move up. But doesn't mean that there is no development option as long as you are motivated and hard working :)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work and please keep people at the center as this is your secret saurce to continued success!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Phenomenal experience but just got too political

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Racker in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Racker in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Rackspace full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The culture is amazing, colleagues genuinely feel like friends and family.
    Genuinely customer centric
    If you prove yourself then you can progress quickly
    Some truly phenomenal leaders....they're outnumbered though

    Cons

    Senior leaders were brought in to help the company scale but sadly they only managed to pollute the culture with typical "big company" mentalities. Rhetoric became more valuable than results and, as long as you talked a good game you would be safe. The company focussed so much on employee engagement that managers had a tough time trying to exit under-performers and, sadly this has meant that the once inspiring mission of "being recognised as one of the world's greatest service companies" is now just a hollow ideal as the standards have dropped to an irreversible low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employee engagement, culture fit and results are all ingredients for sustained success. Don't view these as separate playing fields, it's ok to ask for world class results from your staff when you invest so much in their engagement and, when you find someone that's not pulling their weight or undermining the culture then get rid of them.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
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  5.  

    Opportunities!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Rackspace in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Rackspace in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities if you're prepared to work. Great people and great culture.

    Cons

    Tools are difficult to work with. Location of the office is not really that conv.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Best company I have worked for

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lead Infrastructure Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Lead Infrastructure Engineer in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Rackspace

    Pros

    I have been in the IT industry for many years and through many different companies. IT is tough, long hours, high demands and the constant changing technology trends make it a risk for burn out. Rackspace rewards it's staff for hard work and employees people that are either the top of their fame or have the potential and enthusiasm to get there. The culture identifies that the demands put on you are strenuous and tries to ease that by rewards and an essence of fun. Most staff are engaged in what they do and that leads to a relaxed atmosphere. Staff are approachable and are happy to interact on personal levels to form strong relationships.
    Rackspace is a very open company. Management don't seem to have hidden agendas, financial updates are constantly given, strategies are explained to the staff and managers are treated as advisors rather than authoritative dictators. All managers are approachable right up to the CEO and they take time to find out a little more about you as a person.

    Cons

    Rackspace on boarding process is long and drawn out. If you think you are going to start your job on day one you are mistaken. In someways it eases you in to your role but in others after a couple of months of the softly softly approach you just want to get on with something meaty.
    If you want job and sit in the same position for years this is not the company for you. Most people who make it in the company move roles every 18-24months.
    If you are introverted and can't make friends outside of your team the culture is wasted on you and you will not succeed here. Taking part in activities, walking up to someone's desk randomly and asking how their day went and giving back to the community is the way forward for any new recruit. The company is large and you will just become a number if you don't network with people.
    This year has been a tough year for rackspace globally. CEO quits, share prices drop, aws and asure become more powerful and rackspace loses it's way a bit. New CEO and strategy to put the service in front of everything else shows me that rackspace and the management team are setting off on the right track.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The tools we use are all over the place. We need a project with a number of departments input to standardise and unify them.
    Regions need to be a bit more integrated. Sone teams tool out only in the US which has some benefits but we should have some champions in other regions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Phenomenal culture - this company is going places....

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Rackspace full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Superb workplace, managers & leaders truly care about the workforce. Core values are embedded throughout the organisation. Many opportunities to grow professionally. Everyone has a voice and encouraged to use it. Constant focus on employee engagement to continually improve. No one at Rackspace rests on their laurels! Good pay & benefits. Flexible working opportunities. Huge drive to ensure every employee feels a valued member & knows their contribution to the strategic mission. Very low employee turnover in comparison to other tech companies as a result (& even lower rates of unwanted regrettable leavers). This place truly rocks!

    Cons

    Poor performers & employees with entitlement issues not removed fast enough, leaving great staff carrying unfaîr share of workload. Long hours can sometimes be a challenge. Very picky in recruitment which can further lead to the pressure. Don't come to Rackspace unless you are of the sort that wants to roll up your sleeves and get stuck in!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ramp up efforts to get great talent through the door & keep focus on developing & engaging them once they're here.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    The best company I ever worked for

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Linux Systems Administrator II in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Linux Systems Administrator II in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Relaxed working environment , managers that look after you .

    Cons

    It's in Hayes .....

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the good Rackers satisfied !!!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    Once great, now awful

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    • 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 a 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
  10. 6 people found this helpful  

    Strong Internal Politics, Gone Downhill

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    • 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
  11. 4 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 a 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

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