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Sr. Linux Systems Administrator

Sr. Linux Systems Administrator
We're a ~170 person strong internet company in Seattle that prides itself on open-source and DIY thinking and ability. We don't like to use fancy vendors; we build things ourselves. We're an established, 16+ year old, privately owned, stable, and profitable company.

Our team is a group of talented operations engineers with a large amount of high-volume web and systems experience. We believe that the most challenging problems are best solved with KISS philosophy and a cold beer.

If you enjoy building creative solutions with open source platforms to solve challenging and difficult problems, we'd love to hear from you.

Experience that we're looking for:

  • 3-6+ yrs of high-volume production web engineering experience (we handle 1000+ Debian hosts and serve millions of customers per day)
  • *nix kernels, filesystems, security, and internals
  •  MySQL, complex replication, and dealing with large datasets
  •  strong proficiency with shell, python, or perl
  •  strong troubleshooting and root-cause analytical skills

Bonus:

  • strong networking background - we have a nation-wide MPLS network and a strong familiarity with major routing/switching protocols and equipment is a bonus
  • broadcast engineering - Are you familiar with SD/HD television broadcasting and delivering content to baseband providers?

Personality we're looking for:

  • Self-driven; we have a very flat management structure. As a senior engineer, you'll be expected to have a strong sense of ownership, urgency, and skill to manage yourself, and learn our platforms and deliver solutions quickly. We throw you in the technical deep end to see if you can swim.
  • Ability, experience, and determination count much more than certifications or college degrees. You'll be hired and advance based off of your technical ability and contribution. 
  • A very good sense of humor, kindness, and team spirit. 

Responsibilities:

  • Deal with daily operations and site reliability engineering tasks ranging anywhere from server administration, designing architecture, to advising software engineers on best practices.
  • Continuously improve our systems! We're primarily LAMP, but run complex implementations of things like Puppet, Redis, MySQL, and ElasticSearch.
  • Participate in a 3-tier on-call rotation and work to improve systems and redundancy to prevent calls.

Compensation & Perks: (95k+ DOE)

We offer very competitive pay, medical/dental/vision benefits, 401(k) with 50% contribution match, flex-time, subsidized transportation passes/parking & fitness membership, and a profit sharing program with no vesting period. Additional perks include: catered lunches, company paid trips to exotic locales, bagel/fruit Fridays, team events/lunches, family picnics, holiday dinners/parties, happy hours, and a very fun and relaxed work environment.

 

 

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