Millennials, of course, are the generation of young folks born roughly between the early 1980s and the year 2000. They are the largest generation in the workforce.
This year, Rackspace ranked 76 on the list of 100 best workplaces for millennials, up from 80 last year. The rankings are based on nearly 400,000 surveys that assess an organization’s fairness, teamwork, benefits and other elements deemed “essential to an outstanding work culture.”
Fortune partners with Great Place to Work to survey tens of thousands of U.S. employees each year for its lists, which also include Best Tech Workplaces, Best Workplaces in Texas and Best Workplaces for Working Parents, all of which Rackspace has landed on this year.
For many millennial Rackers, as Rackspace employees are called, being recognized as a great place to work is a direct reflection of the culture and values that are stressed at the company and help make it an accepting, fair and honest place to work.
“Rackspace is truly a come as you are environment,” said Nina Toscano, a millennial Racker and executive assistant who has worked at the company for more than five years.
“It’s the kind of place where people can bring every piece of themselves with them, and don’t have to check anything at the door,” she said. “I think this allows people to innovate, which is hugely important for a tech company.”
Toscano also said she felt her managers and leaders had taken note of her professional advancement and well-being throughout her career at Rackspace — two things that are increasingly important to millennials in the workforce.
“Millennials expect more from their employers in areas like fair treatment, clear communication, authentic leadership and opportunities for advancement — and rightly so,” said Michael Bush, CEO of Great Place to Work.
The workplaces listed in the rankings have found that fulfilling all of these expectations, especially by building a high-trust culture, boosts millennial employees’ intent to stay at a company by 20 times, Bush added.
For Sophie Yanez, who heads employee engagement at Rackspace, the recognition is particularly fitting, as the majority of Rackspace employees are millennials.
“Making this list validates our efforts to not only hire some of the most talented millennial employees out there, but also make sure they find this to be a great place to work,” she said.
Yanez mentioned some of the ways Rackspace offers opportunities for advancement and professional development for its employees and noted that these are the types of things millennials are looking for in their professional lives.
“All employees, but particularly this new generation, want to leverage their strengths in order to fulfill their desire for career progression and continuous learning,” Yanez said.
“At Rackspace, we help them do that by offering a wide array of courses, certifications and other learning opportunities through Rackspace University to give them the skills they need to get ahead.”
Rackspace employees are encouraged to take advantage of these opportunities and further their career by expanding their existing skill set. Courses are available free of charge to all employees and managers often encourage their team members to enroll and find the time to complete the courses.
“It’s a key part of the employee experience at Rackspace,” Yanez said. “I’m glad it’s something Rackers are using and finding valuable.”
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