Rackspace Reviews in United Kingdom

Updated October 14, 2014
Updated October 14, 2014
487 Reviews
3.6
487 Reviews
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Graham Weston
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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.  

    The best company I ever worked for

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    • 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 an 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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • 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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fun but frustrating.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Relaxed, casual atmosphere.
    Make friends easily and lots of team nights out.
    Benefits pretty good, especially free gym and medical insurance.

    Cons

    1. Poor salary (below industry average - relying on the 'culture' too much)
    2. Employee favouritism is rife. Don't expect to get anywhere unless you're in the "boy's club", even if your stats are top.
    3. Gossip - too much
    4. Empty promises.
    5. Too many changes, constantly. Happens every few months. No real clear strategy.
    6. Bad management - managers are hired into these positions even if they haven't got managerial experience
    7. Training. Rely on team members to train the newcomers or wait for months to sign yourself up to training modules - but this really isn't good enough.
    8. Accounts being removed and swapped unfairly - leaving the Sales teams very frustrated.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Going Downhill

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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 an year)

    Pros

    Formerly great working atmosphere, not so much nowadays.

    Cons

    Brown nosing, poor management. Lack of strategy. Poor salary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote more on merit rather than buddies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Good place to work!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Really friendly enviroment, a lot of support provider for new employees, many work place benefits.

    Cons

    Travell time from London. :D

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    (UK) Great culture, poor advancement/compensation

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    • 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

    - Fantastic benefits, which the HR team do a great job with. From personal health (gym, sports days etc.) to general fun, they do a good job of creating a nice buzz.

    - Generally, the culture is good. Increasingly, there seemed to be less focus on hiring the "right" characters and personalities for the company, but for most of my tenure I was surrounded by good people.

    - Flexible time-off and working from home policies.

    Cons

    - Compensation was really poor, and well below industry averages in some cases. Moving up pay grades was always made into a logistical difficulty (changing job titles, teams etc.).

    - Some of the managers are not equipped to be people managers, relying on leaders within the teams to do most of the hands-on managerial work.

    - Senior leadership approach the business in a very reactive manner, causing the business focus to shift every 6 months after things go wrong. There is no committed direction and it seems they're winging it.

    - No opportunities for progression. Having left since, I have realised how I've probably stunted my own growth by not doing so sooner.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In several years of employment, I was one of many examples of people not once offered to interview for a more prominent position, in spite of performance and clear suitability. In my example, this was despite top-of-class performance reviews, and taking the role of "temporary" manager whenever the managerial team were away, or staff felt they couldn't rely on them.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Unique

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Inside Sales
    Current Employee - Inside Sales

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

    Pros

    the people make this place what it is! great folks who treat you like family and bend over backwards to help with anything

    Cons

    systems are archaic and painful

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People growth in specific departments as the business keeps growing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great culture and great benefits

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Datacenter Operations Technician in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Datacenter Operations Technician in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Rackspace has a unique culture similar to that Google promotes. Lots of great events and perks such as benefits and private health care. The company has great company values which are followed to high a level throughout the company.

    Cons

    Working between the teams can be a challenge but something Rackspace is listening to resolve.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More great benefits to make us feel proud of working for the company. Like more merchandise would be great!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    used to be amazing but now it's nothing more than a simple minded drone company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Datacenter Operations Technician in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Datacenter Operations Technician in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Free Pizza, Possible Career Progression, very awesome employees with excellent attitudes

    Cons

    favouritism is still very strong in this company, management has become very drone like always bringing the "core values/culture" up in all reviews, your conversations with them and even emails like some sort of USSR communist group (THE MOTHERLAND RACKSPACE). workload seems to increase every year with little to no compensation given. The UK data center has the technicians working very strange shift patterns such as the 1pm to 10pm (known by many as the 'no life shift') and a night shift 9pm - 7am that has no day rotation. every shift fights to get on the early shift as it is the only one with reasonable hours (and of course lowest allowance for travel costs).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    look after your own instead of throwing them to the side

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Brilliant place to work, and play!

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

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

    Pros

    Brilliant culture with lots of inspiring and brilliantly talented people who you get to work with everyday. Great fun ethos and office-culture along with great benefits and regular events/activities. Halloween here is crazy!

    Cons

    Company is growing fast and this can sometimes make your day long, stressful and high pressured.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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