I originally found out about Rackspace when I was in college studying network administration. We actually took a tour to one of the datacenters and I was amazed by it all, but really didn’t understand what Rackspace was all about.
Being an only child, my parents always were very concerned about me and my future. I remember them telling me sometime in 2007, “Leanne, you really need to apply at that Rackspace place. It’s a new company and people say it’s going to get big someday. Heck, I hear they even allow you to wear jeans and t-shirts! ”
Did I listen to them? Of course I did. But that doesn’t mean I applied to Rackspace immediately. In fact, it wasn’t until I was a help desk analyst at Trinity University that I started hearing more wonderful things about the company, the corporate culture, team outings and management that expressed trust in their teams. These rumblings were what drove me to apply and eventually become a Racker.
In the beginning of 2009, I applied for an entry level position, somehow was able to answer the recruiter’s questions, and had an interview. A few weeks later, I received a wonderful phone call asking if I wanted to work for Rackspace. I’ve been here ever since and love it every day.
You may ask, “Why be a Racker?” Well personally, I love being a Racker because I get to be myself. That means that I don’t have to worry how others will treat or judge me just because I am me. I am the dorky, random comments, love to have fun but knows when to be serious kind of person. Rackspace not only accepts that, but truly welcomes it with open arms. They understand that if they allow me to be myself and not confine me to stern practices, I will bring my best every single day… and ultimately, it’s a win/win situation.
I know this may sound a bit rehearsed and you may even hear violins playing in the background, but I truly do love my job and the company I work for. Every single day brings something different and even though my job has its stressful moments, I enjoy doing what I do.
You ever hear “Someone drank the Rackspace Kool-Aid?” Well, I think that we Rackers are the Kool-Aid and it’s great to work for a company that embraces it!
Leanne started with Rackspace in February of 2009 as a Support Specialist in Email & Apps. Since then, she joined the Rackspace Cloud as a Support Tech and eventually transitioned to the Account Management team. She loves being an Account Manager because she gets to interact with customers on a daily basis and develop a variety of deep working relationships. Read More>>
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Category: Rackers Tags: Being Yourself, Cloud Account Manager, Drinking the Kool-Aid, Management, Network Administration, Why Im a Racker