Rackspace Earns “Best for Vets: Employers” Spot for Second Time

Military Times honor notes Rackspace’s military spouse-friendly policies

​​We are beyond honored that Military Times has selected Rackspace for its Best for Vets: Employers 2019 list.

More than 200 employers across the country — more than have ever participated in the survey — vied to be included on the list, wrote Military Times editor George Altman, providing in-depth data on their culture, recruiting, policies and resources related to veterans, service members and their families, including the National Guard and reserves.

This is the second time Rackspace has earned a spot on this coveted list, and we’re thrilled to be recognized not just for our policies aimed at veterans, but also for our military spouse policies, including the ability to work remotely, work flexible hours and the opportunity to transfer to another location due to a spouse’s deployment.

As a military talent and technical recruiter for Rackspace who also serves as the communications chair and the very first military spouses resource chair for RackVET, our employee resource group, I am so proud of the work we’ve done to earn this award.

RackVET works to make Rackspace a supportive place to work for military veterans, reservists, guard members, family members and supporters through activities that educate, advocate and celebrate. Last year, we revamped our focus to be one of inclusivity for military talent and spouses, and to amplify that message to further attract and retain “miltalent” to the Rack.

Our efforts are paying off, and include:

  • A nearly 50 percent increase in self-reported veteran Rackers
  • Named a top 100 FlexJobs.com employer
  • Featured as the 100th employer to commit to Hiring Our Heroes 100K military spouse hiring commitment
  • Working with Joint Base San Antonio Lackland’s Transition Assistance program
  • Hosting a major Hiring Our Heroes career summit in July
  • Rackspace Open Cloud Academy now accepts the GI Bill for tuition

The Military Times includes Army Times, Navy Times, Air Force Times and Marine Corps Times. The company is part of Sightline Media Group, a Regent company. Rackspace appears on the list alongside companies of all sizes, including Comcast, USAA, Boeing, Hilton and Accenture.

Author Samantha Domingo, center, and colleagues represent Rackspace at a recent cybersecurity event held in San Antonio.

To appear on the list, interested companies must first submit an application containing nearly 100 questions to be considered. The Military Times then reviews all submissions, vetting them for accuracy.

Shawn Franke, chairman of RackVET and senior account manager at Rackspace, said the group spent weeks collecting and verifying data after the Military Times issued an invitation to submit. It was a team effort, he said.

“This honor wouldn’t be possible without the Rackers who work so hard to make Rackspace an inviting place to work for military talent, whether informally mentoring others or through leadership roles in RackVET — this award is for everyone, military and spouse alike: thank you.”

After evaluating survey data, the Military Times selects which companies to include in its published rankings based on that data, and not, like some publications, whether applicants advertise with their publication.

“The Best for Vets designation and logo cannot be bought. Only earned,” said Altman.

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Samantha Domingo is a military talent and technical recruiter for Rackspace with more than a decade of experience in human resources, talent acquisition, healthcare, technology and international business development/relations. Samantha’s immersion in military culture, as both the wife of an Air Force veteran and the daughter of an Air Force Command Chief, has given her an unfettered appreciation for cultural diversity — living abroad for more than 20 years in 13 different states & countries — a wide-ranging education and a unique perspective on business. Samantha joined Rackspace in 2018 to focus on military talent and technical product recruitment. She also assists with talent acquisition branding with a focus on military hiring strategy development as part of Rackspace’s Diversity and Inclusion initiatives. She proudly serves as the communications chair and military spouse resource chair — a position she conceived — with RackVET, Rackspace’s employee resource group for veterans, active duty, guard, reserve and military spouses. She represents Rackspace on the board of directors of San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, and is the Military Spouse Economic Empowerment Zones (MSEEZ) IT Technical Chair of Hiring our Heroes, which is an initiative of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation to connect veterans, service members and military spouses with meaningful employment opportunities. She holds an MBA from University of Phoenix, a bachelor's degree in Health Admin from UOP, and AAs in Prenursing & Behavioral Science from Georgia Military College. Samantha also serves as co-founder of LinkedInMilCity and plays an active volunteer role in the local military community, assisting transitioning service members, veterans, military spouses and family members with career transition, employment, growth and development into the civilian sector. She brings a unique perspective, deep experience and a Fanatical passion to Rackspace’s military talent and cybersecurity recruitment efforts.

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