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Rackspace Reviews

Updated 24 November 2014
Updated 24 November 2014
495 Reviews
3.6
495 Reviews
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Graham Weston
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Review Highlights

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.  

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

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    Current Employee - Anonymous in London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous in London, England

    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
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great culture

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at Rackspace

    Pros

    Great culture and benefit, flexible environment

    Cons

    Lots of politics and most of the key roles are taken by the people who have no idea about what they are talking about

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stick to your own unique culture

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    The best company I ever worked for

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    Current Employee - Linux Systems Administrator II in London, England
    Current Employee - Linux Systems Administrator II in London, England

    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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Once great, now awful

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

    I worked at Rackspace full-time (more than an 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
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Strong Internal Politics, Gone Downhill

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

    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
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

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

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer II in Hayes, England
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer II in Hayes, England

    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
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Fun but frustrating.

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    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
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Going Downhill

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

    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
  10.  

    Good place to work!

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    • 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

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    (UK) Great culture, poor advancement/compensation

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

    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

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