RightScale Reviews

Updated July 29, 2015
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  1. Sr. Software Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Cocoa, FL
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Cocoa, FL

    I have been working at RightScale full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Best Group of people I've ever worked with: smart, level-headed, caring, and A LOT OF FUN!

    Cons

    Hydration doesn't mean water during REM (Rightscale Employee Meetup) - really not many cons tbh

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up! You truly make it feel close-knit.


  2. Not bad, not great

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales in Santa Barbara, CA
    Former Employee - Sales in Santa Barbara, CA

    I worked at RightScale full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Solid training, fun team, smart people.

    Cons

    Extremely bureaucratic, excessive levels of middle management, difficult to earn promotions.


  3. Great fun working at a great company in a great market

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at RightScale full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Really smart and nice people working to help customers take advantage of cloud computing. An open and fun culture with great work-life balance. A leader in cloud management with a huge opportunity.

    Cons

    As a small company, there's a little bit less focus on formal career training and advancement programs. This would be helpful as the company grows.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the communication and great culture.


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  5. Smart people, challenging projects, cutting-edge technology = Great place to work!

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Santa Barbara, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Santa Barbara, CA

    I have been working at RightScale full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Overall, RightScale is a great place to work at. The management team is experienced and makes good decisions, the employees are smart and nice people and you have the opportunity to learn and advance in your career. Compensation and benefits are comparable to other companies in Santa Barbara. RightScale has a good work-life balance.

    Cons

    Just as every company, RightScale also has challenges or areas for improvements. The cloud management market is a very dynamic and competitive market. The market has become very noisy. One of the challenges is to defend and further expand RightScale's leadership role in the market. And in an ever-changing market, there are good and bad times. And it can be challenging at times to keep pushing when things are tough. I do think that RightScale has a powerful offering in the market today and an exciting product roadmap. Keep pushing!

    Advice to Management

    Continue to invest in your employees, despite being budget conscious. It is important for your employees to meet and talk to other people in the space, see all the amazing work that is happening first hand and get excited about it. Do not mix those investments with budgets for sales and lead goals.


  6. Edge of tomorrow

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Santa Barbara, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Santa Barbara, CA

    I worked at RightScale full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    RightScale is the de facto leader in the field of cloud computing management. All the major cloud providers acknowledge this, and partner with RightScale for this reason. Lots of hard infrastructure problems to tackle. Work hard, play hard atmosphere with many fun and/or brilliant colleagues. Having RightScale on your resume will lead to plenty of LinkedIn recruiter emails down the line, and rightfully so. You will have the opportunity to learn what works, and what doesn’t, in cloud computing. RightScale still has the possibility to strike gold. I exercised all of my stock options for a reason. If you like challenges, RightScale will not disappoint.

    Cons

    Frenemies with Amazon Web Services; like playing with fire. Lots of smaller competitors have already been gobbled up, unsure what the exit strategy is now. Somewhat revolving door in the management layer. Lacking a strong leader in engineering. Time wasted in engineering on suboptimal tools and compliance.

    Advice to Management

    Narrow the focus. Do not try to compete with AWS on features. Seek advice on culture from employees. Keep transparent communication with employees. Docker is the new cloud darling, and where the VC money is flowing these days. Hence, focus on containerization.


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    Amazing Company = Great People and fantastic software

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Development in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Business Development in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at RightScale full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    RightScale is the #1 Cloud Management Software and continues to impress me based on their ability to pivot based on changes in the market and customer needs. Great culture, fun place to work.

    Cons

    Compensation and benefits are below.

    Advice to Management

    Step up and hire an enterprise sales organization.


  8. Great place to work

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Barbara, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Barbara, CA

    I worked at RightScale full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There are very knowledgeable people in the company from whom you can learn a lot! I enjoyed working at RightScale, especially the flexibility, the technical challenging projects and the open culture. I improved my programing skills, learned a lot about Cloud computing and distributed systems and what it means to run a large scale infrastructure.

    Cons

    RightScale is a fast growing company and some organizational stuff does not work always well.


  9. Has its downsides and has hit some rough patches, but is a wonderful place to work, especially because of the people.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineering
    Current Employee - Engineering

    I have been working at RightScale full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Outstanding people. Great culture. Potential for growth if you're willing to work for it. Fast-paced, exciting, cutting-edge software and industry. Continuously learning. Challenging. Good work/life balance. Started with and continues to foster and strongly support a 'cloudie' community of telecommuting.

    Cons

    Benefits are just ok (only real complaint is the lack of 401k matching). Grew too fast and hired/outsourced people that were nice enough and talented, but not really up-to-par.

    Advice to Management

    The communication has gotten much better. Please continue the quarterly, or even monthly AHM updates. More information about where you see us within our industry as a whole (customers, competition, etc) would be appreciated in those meetings. Growth is very hard, especially in Santa Barbara, but having a higher standard for new employees, and letting go of the very few that are just skating by would be appreciated.


  10. Educational, Challenging, and Fun!

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Santa Barbara, CA
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Santa Barbara, CA

    I have been working at RightScale full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fun people, exploding space (Cloud), great companies to support and you are always learning, monday lunch!

    Cons

    Not much to say here - been a great experience

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


  11. Amazing team of people. Pivot to enterprise is the right direction.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Barbara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Barbara, CA

    I have been working at RightScale full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You feel like you are all on the same team at RightScale. There is plenty of stimulating work with it's set of challenges to keep it interesting. The customer base shift to enterprise creates larger overall opportunity for company which is great and requires transformation of many roles within the company - all good things if you like to leave your mark at the office. Plenty of opportunity to do that here. Great perks and great people - the kind that make you want to come into the office for daily.

    Cons

    Not much to complain about - overall the company does well on benefits/perks and has a very fun work environment with lunchtime yoga, trainer, foodie group, kegerator, i-time, office Olympics, etc.

    Advice to Management

    Stay involved in SB tech community so we get first dibs on the great local talent.



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