Our India Center of Excellence Certified as a Best Place to Work
Vanessa, Cremona, Head of Communications & Brand Manager, APJ, Rackspace Technology
When Rackspace Technology® expanded operations from New Delhi, India, to Gurgaon and Hyderabad, the goal was simple: to build a world-class business unit committed to creating Fanatical Experience™ for every customer, employee, and partner.
“Like many other IT companies around the world, we knew we needed to globalize our operations,” said Sandeep Bhargava, Managing Director, APJ at Rackspace Technology. “This was not only important to our mission, but to pursue growth and efficiency, to better meet customer needs, and to remain competitive in the marketplace.”
Today, our core mission remains:
- Embrace technology: Our multicloud solutions give you the power to build new revenue streams, increase efficiency, and deliver the future.
- Empower customers: We enable private and public cloud solutions for your business through our expertise with the world’s leading technologies.
- Deliver the future: We help customers achieve business outcomes faster by combining world-class processes and technology.
Delivering our core mission also means empowering our India Rackers to invest in their learning and development. With more than 2,200 Rackers now based in the region, we’ve expanded our opportunities to include advanced customer relationship-building, cultural lunches, and learning sessions.
Additionally, in 2021, in India, the average completion rate of our 52+ Learning Hours initiative via Rackspace University was 70%. And the number of technical certifications for those Rackers soared to over 2,500.
Our India Center of Excellence
Building a world-class service delivery center allowed us to be innovative in our approach to operational excellence. For example, the center operates as a 100% subsidiary of Rackspace Technology. The organization owns and operates the business unit and does not outsource to third-party service providers or contractors. In addition, from day one, every new full-time hire is a Rackspace Technology employee with access to our regional and global benefits packages.
Additionally, we created a regional in-country reporting structure to better support Racker’s performance management, compensation, and career development. And in 2021, we launched our Agile Performance practice. The program was developed based on Racker’s feedback and the needs of the business. It is a coaching-based approach to performance management that develops our talent, drives alignment to business priorities, and focuses our efforts on outcomes and achievements.
“Our India Center of Excellence is booming with talent,” said RaChelle Streetman, Head of Rackspace University and Director of Global Talent Development. “The Fanatical passion and drive for continuous innovation and excellence is so inspiring we recently launched the Innovative Leadership Program throughout Asia-Pacific and Japan.”
The Innovative Leadership Program is a nomination-based, six-month program with six-hour interactive sessions, keynote speakers, and additional curated content to cultivate talent within Rackspace Technology. This year, 42 participants from India, Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, Australia, and Hong Kong joined the program, with more than 25% of the nominees being female leaders.
Certified Best Place to Work - India
In March, Rackspace Technology was certified as a Great Place to Work in India by the Great Place to Work® Institute. The Institute is the global authority on building, sustaining, and recognizing High-Trust, High-Performance Cultures within workplaces.
“One of the remarkable things about Rackspace Technology’s culture is that offering new ideas and better ways of doing things is a natural part of being a Racker,” said Rupali Bhutani, Employee Experience Program Manager in India. “It doesn’t have to be a formal process — it’s just a part of who we are and how we operate day-to-day.
As part of the certification, we were assessed on how we’re innovating, creating connections, building skills, enabling advancement, focusing on wellbeing, and valuing and recognizing Rackers.
Some of the programs evaluated included our:
- Technical Onboarding Program
- Engagement Sessions
- Global Give Back Opportunities
- Coaching Labs
- Mentor Circles
- Innovation Days
- Wellness Initiatives
From our global peer-to-peer recognition awards to our India leadership programs for innovation, we’re committed to driving creative thinking across the organization by helping Rackers think about ways they can innovate — regardless of their job title or level.
Learn more about how we’re committed to creating an innovative workplace where everyone can bring their whole selves to work every day by downloading our Environmental, Social, and Governance Report.
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