[TriLUG] job opening at cerient
cristobalpalmer at gmail.com
Thu Feb 15 13:41:03 EST 2007
Having experienced the Cerient interview process, I'll give you some pointers:
* Watch The Heathers before coming. Be able to quote from it.
* Polish your anti-OSU jokes.
* Bring tennis balls (for the dogs).
Seriously though... If you value independence & flexibility and have a
good sense of humor (read: you have the linguistic equivalent of an
automatic nerf weapon), you'll love the company (and the Company).
On the downside, you have to get three copies of the Mission
Statement signed and notarized. Also don't let him fool you on the
red tape. I've seen scrapbooking stuff all over his place--there's
bound to be a whole *rainbow* of tape in there somewhere.
CMP (Cerient employee)
PS. This email is largely an inside joke. Mostly you should just read
it as an endorsement of the positive nature of Cerient. We *are* evil,
but only in our humor. :) If you actually want me to tell you why you
might like Cerient in detail, send me an email off-list.
On 2/15/07, Jason Tower <jtower at cerient.net> wrote:
> and for all of you linux geeks who don't want to live in lenior...
> the time has come once again for cerient technologies (http://cerient.net)
> to expand its labor pool - we're looking for a talented system administrator
> slash network geek slash linux hacker to join our somewhat non-traditional team.
> if you're looking for a nice relaxing 9 to 5 job then stop reading right
> now. if however, you're interested in working at a highly linux/open source
> focused company, then read on. our client list includes everything from
> individuals with a single PC at home to hosting companies with an entire
> rack of servers. just to illustrate the kind of things we do, here are some
> of the projects that we're actively working on right now:
> - ltsp server also running vmware so thin clients can access both a linux
> and windows desktop simultaneously
> - multi server, high availability solution for apache, mysql, and openvpn
> - asterisk server installation with both hard and soft phones (~100 extensions)
> - invisible firewall/traffic shaping device to handle individual ip
> addresses on a /26 public subnet
> - wide range wifi solution with multiple interconnected access points (using
> linux based wrt54g)
> - linux based backup strategy for linux/osx/windows workstations and servers
> - multi interface openbsd firewall with invisible proxy service (url
> whitelist) for specified hosts
> and so on. if you really enjoy working on open source software and want to
> see your solutions in the real world we'll give you plenty of opportunities
> to make it happen. here are some of the pros of working at cerient:
> - work from home = no daily commute. you gotta like that. you'll have to
> travel to client sites several times a week but rarely during rush hour.
> - flexible hours (i don't drag my butt out of bed until at least 9am most days).
> - lots of cool hardware to play with. we like toys, the more blinkenlights
> the better.
> - shockingly little bureaucracy, red tape, or office politics.
> - distinct possibility of a "senior" or "vice president" title, impress your
> friends and family who never thought you'd amount to anything.
> of course we're still a small company so it's not all peaches and cream:
> - no health insurance, 401(k), or other "big company" benefits (at least,
> not yet).
> - unpredictable workload (might be very light one week, very heavy the
> next). late nights not that uncommon either.
> - customer says jump, you say how high. even at 2am. on sunday. christmas
> sunday. and you're hung over.
> - difficult to blame problems on other employees (in fact we'll probably
> blame a lot of stuff on you).
> - no opportunity to steal office supplies.
> so what kind of person are we looking for? since we have such a wide
> variety of clients and technologies that we support, the ideal candidate
> would fit the jack-of-all-trades mold. specifically though, we're looking
> for the following:
> - reasonably proficient with windows (as a desktop, not a server. like it
> or not, we still gotta support it.)
> - solid networking expertise. not just ok skills, very good skills.
> - proven and demonstratable system administration skills. you'll be
> directly responsible for the care and feeding of lots of servers doing lots
> of things, and failure is not an option.
> - the ability to learn new technologies on the fly and adapt to different
> environments. i assure you that boredom is not going to be a problem.
> - most importantly, and i can't stress this enough, strong customer service
> skills. "that's not my job" or "i can't help you with that" are not phrases
> that we use.
> i'll also tell you what we *don't* care about:
> - what kind of degree you have, or even if you have a degree.
> - a bunch of industry certs proclaiming how amazing your IT skills are.
> - the fact that you've worked at a fortune 500 company.
> - how long you've been (or not been) in the IT industry.
> i think its fair to say that it will be unlike any job you've ever had.
> this ain't IBM or GSK, and it sure as hell isn't a gov't job. we have
> (mostly) cool clients, interesting work, and a passion for open source software.
> if you'd like to apply, the next step is simple: convince me you're the
> right person for cerient. sell me on yourself. surprise me. demonstrate
> that you have what it takes to perform in a non-traditional setting.
> jason tower
> cerient technologies
> jtower at cerient.net
> ps - any and all .doc files sent to me will be promptly directed to /dev/null.
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Cristóbal M. Palmer
UNC-CH SILS Student -- ils.unc.edu/~cmpalmer
TriLUG Vice Chair
"There are many roads to enlightenment, and thus many roads back to
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