Today DailyTekk is takes you inside Rackspace, the San Antonio, TX based hosting company that currently has 8 data centers. That’s certainly impressive, but I have to admit, my favorite part of the office is the slide (and the food trucks… so many food trucks). I asked one of the 4,500 employees, Nishan Sivathasan, Director of Marketing at Rackspace, to give us an insiders view of what it’s like to work for this exciting company. Here’s what he had to say:
If I had to describe Rackspace’s culture in one word it would be eccentric. This place is NOT normal and that is a good thing. When we needed to expand to more office space, we decided to office out of an old dilapidated mall and refurbish it to be an incredible office space. We don’t have a cafeteria; instead, we have food trucks line up in our parking lots during lunchtime. When it was time for us to really commit to building world-class cloud technology this tiny company from San Antonio, Texas decided to open source its technology to fuel the most popular open source effort since Linux, OpenStack.
I’d have to say my favorite part of the office is the big tables up by the top of the slide or GroundTown (Rackspace coffee shop). Both of those areas are open and inviting which leads to all sorts of chance encounters and interesting conversations.
The best day I ever had at Rackspace was when we launched our open cloud platform. It was a massive platform shift that required Rackers, Rackspace employees, across the entire company to work together.
My work area is pretty simple and admittedly has a bit of “organized chaos” action going on (some might suggest it is messy). Above my desk, I’ve got a flag of my Alma mater, Austin College, hanging proudly. I do have a laptop powered (via USB) Nerf gun. I need to boost the psi on it so that I can really have some fun. Right now, it can only shoot two feet. Then I’ve also got some family photos and a picture that my nephew drew. Oh and the two guys sitting next to me are trying to grow some ghost chili peppers on their desk.
From a baseline perspective, I would describe the quintessential Rackspace employee as someone who can connect with people and is committed to doing the right thing. If you cant do that, nothing else matters. After all, this is the home of Fanatical Support. Additionally, the Rackers I really admire display focus, intelligence, curiosity, unconstrained thinking and transparency. The most innovative ones have a willingness to be misunderstood for long periods of time. Check out the Racker Talent site for stories from other employees.
Our team does a bunch of unique stuff—pie making contest; Movember; every Tuesday and Thursday evening a few folks from the team go on a 10 mile bike riding through downtown; now we’ve got almost half of the team getting ready to train and run in a half-marathon this coming March.
Want more? Check out this video on a day in the life of a Racker.