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Updated April 18, 2017
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Pros
  • Incredibly relevant field- building skill sets and a knowledge base for an ultra relevant field - cloud computing (in 10 reviews)

  • Great team, huge financial upside for effective salespeople and a rapidly evolving cutting edge cloud management platform (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Low pay in expensive santa barbara (in 4 reviews)

  • The company has to stay focused as the enterprise customer-base grows (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Fun, innovative cloud management company!"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Barbara, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Barbara, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at RightScale full-time

    Pros

    RightScale treats their employees really well. The office is stocked with snacks, drinks, and fancy coffee machines. Lunch is catered once a week, and breakfast another. Yoga and group exercise classes are held three days a week. The company hosts parties and outings a couple times per year for team-building and company-building exercises.

    The company, and particularly the CTO and engineering architects, are love trying and embracing emerging technologies. This can be really exciting when you work on a new project! If you seek it out you'll be challenged to learn new technologies and find ways to solve difficult problems. There are period 'hackathon' events and engineers are allowed to work on projects they choose for half of each Friday.

    RightScale is open to hiring remote employees and they make a point to keep remote employees integrated into the culture of the company.

    Cons

    The cloud management product space is nascent and ambiguous. This is an opportunity for the company to claim its space but it makes it difficult to understand the right path forward and how well the company is doing. It's not always apparent that what you're working on is helping the company.


  2. "Fun place"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Monica, CA

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

    Pros

    great culture and great learning

    Cons

    directions keep changing and not very clear

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the culture and cool work


  3. "Fun place to work with new technologies"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Barbara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Barbara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Get to experiment with and develop products with/for new technologies regularly, keeping things fresh and interesting. Get to work with friendly, smart people every day. Get to visit or live in Santa Barbara.

    Cons

    No complaints large enough to voice.


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  5. "Excellent place to work and grow"

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    Former Employee - Senior QA Engineer in Goleta, CA
    Former Employee - Senior QA Engineer in Goleta, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Cutting edge in Cloud Computing
    Powerful brand presence
    Fantastic and energetic company culture
    Agile and flexible work environment
    A devoted management team with an inspiratinal CEO

    Cons

    The market place is challenging

    Advice to Management

    Continue to agressively grow.


  6. "A+++"

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    Former Employee - Senior Linux Systems Engineer in Riverton, UT
    Former Employee - Senior Linux Systems Engineer in Riverton, UT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people!
    CEO is AWESOME.
    Remote work.
    Competitive salary.
    Great benefits.
    Yearly employee meetup, work hard, play hard.

    Cons

    None! RightScale is a fantastic place to work!!


  7. "A Tremendous Opportunity to Learn and Grow"

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    Former Employee - Sales Development Representative in Santa Barbara, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Development Representative in Santa Barbara, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Great company culture (beer, free Monday lunches, activities like Yoga, Ultimate Frisbee on the beach, etc...)
    - Great team environment: be prepared to work across multiple departments in order to solve complex problems for the customer.
    - Incredibly relevant field- building skill sets and a knowledge base for an ultra relevant field - cloud computing
    - Made some great friendships
    -CEO is a great guy who is easily accessible and even makes the effort to reach out to you.

    Cons

    -upward mobility is spotty - some teams present more opportunity to grow into new roles than others.
    -tough sales cycle in an over saturated and convoluted marketplace

    Advice to Management

    Find creative ways to challenge and reward high performers in entry level roles. Look beyond the dashboard metrics to see where people could add value to the organization. Some of this is happening already.


  8. "Great culture"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous in Santa Barbara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Santa Barbara, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at RightScale (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good group of people and a management team that is cohesive.

    Cons

    Cloud space is tough. AWS is a giant and has deep pockets.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up what you are doing.


  9. "good"

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    Former Employee - Production Support Engineer in Pleasanton, CA
    Former Employee - Production Support Engineer in Pleasanton, CA

    I worked at RightScale (More than a year)

    Pros

    flexibity and people. good company to start after college

    Cons

    frequent changes . Low pay in expensive santa barbara


  10. Helpful (2)

    "What a great ride...."

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    Former Employee - Engineering Director, QA in Santa Barbara, CA
    Former Employee - Engineering Director, QA in Santa Barbara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Strong management that manages with maturity, delegation and accountability. Very relevant and complex technology with an abundance of difficult computer science problems being solved. Awesome working environment where people matter. Its a work hard, play hard value system.

    Cons

    None that I can think of. I left RS solely for personal reasons not related to anything work related. Had those reasons not presented I would still be at RS. So long RS...

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up. Keep pushing....


  11. "Smart People Solving Complex Problems"

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    Current Employee - Sales in Santa Barbara, CA
    Current Employee - Sales in Santa Barbara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Hyperbole aside, cloud computing is a once-in-a-career paradigm shift in IT that is, from a enterprise market perspective, in a nascent stage of ascendancy. Nearly EVERY company in the world wants a tool that does what RightScale does for managing cloud. Working here has the potential to be life-changing for its employees - and RightScale appears dedicated to ensuring its employees have a great time on the journey! Casual atmosphere, all the perks you would expect of a software company based on the beach in Santa Barbara; catered lunches, yoga classes, strength classes, foodie groups, company kegerators, movie nights, dog-friendly, lunch & learns, guest speakers, hackathons, walking distance to the beach, walking distance to downtown, walking distance to the funk zone - the list of positive aspects of working here go on & on.

    And if Santa Barbara is not your thing, we have multiple satellite locations, or if you're a dedicated cloudie, work from home! The company is truly future-facing, embracing all aspects of the modern workforce - you are trusted as an adult, not micromanaged, and the productivity that results is awesome to behold. This is not a place where mediocrity goes to thrive.

    Cons

    Very few cons present here that aren't cons from any software company (occasional roadmap/priority battles over which feature or capability to add/enhance first), but when they arise they can be intense - all manageable by everyone taking a deep breath and remembering everyone is on the same team!

    Advice to Management

    "Keep your eye on the prize" - As a 10 year old 'startup', there can be some institutional inertia behind adapting to some of the newer changes in direction in cloud computing. Management does a decent job of helping bring along some of the more "stuck" viewpoints when necessary, but I would counsel to continue to encourage all departments to remember that we are here because of our customers, and without the work they want us to do, there would be no RightScale!


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