There were quite a few reasons, but the main ones were the exposure to tons of different technology, the relaxed culture, and flat management structure, the emphasis on collaboration, and the opportunity to grow my career.
As an Associate Systems Engineer, I’m responsible for monitoring our server environment and making necessary changes on hosts. This role really stood out for me because of the rotational program. I’m getting exposure to the Windows, Linux, Virtual, Storage, Networking, and Citrix teams, by working closely with them on specific projects or solutions. I also have access to our on-site labs and get to test my own ideas.
Right now, I’m leading a large-scale monitoring project for our Storage team. We are revamping the monitoring of our production SAN infrastructure, which will improve real-time alerting. It will put compliance reporting in place for device configuration and settings to make sure all SAN switches are configured and operating as expected. I’m getting to collaborate with the other engineering teams and getting experience in project management, in addition to working closely with our Networking team. This gives me tremendous insight on how we structure our network and how we engineer the systems behind it. It has allowed me to build relationships across different teams which has been really valuable.
Our team is huge on collaboration. It’s not about pushing your idea to the top, it’s about finding the best idea. If someone doesn’t know something, we always ask each other. I’m a huge fan of bouncing ideas off other colleagues and getting their take on it. I’ve found it always helps to have a fresh pair of eyes on something you’ve been staring at for too long. One of our big focal points is communicating. If we make changes to things that will impact other teams, we have to effectively communicate those changes. Everyone’s open with sharing information and helping.
I would remind them to keep an open mind and listen to the people around you. A lot can be learned from smart, experienced people. SIG wants you to shine and will put you in a spot to excel.
We strive for speed. SIG is committed to staying ahead of the curve, and it’s pretty impressive the things we do here with cutting-edge technology. We’re always pushing the envelope and tweaking things to make our systems better.
I always liked the process of troubleshooting, and it’s really hard to get bored because technology is always evolving. There is always something new to learn.
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