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Cyphermint hiring for junior network/system admin
Cyphermint is located in Marlbrough, MA on Route 20 - just west of I495. If you're interested in this either email me your resume (at work - megazone at cyphermint dot com) or email rbowdring@cyphermint.com. If you plan to use my name it'd be nice of you to tell me so before you do it so I'm not blind-sided. (Last time I posted an opening someone named dropped me and I only found out when Bob asked me about them. It probably didn't make them look very good when I just kind of blinked and said 'who?' until my brain kicked in and i remembered the name.)

The guy who runs ops, Paul, is kind of gruff at first but actually pretty cool when you get to know him - I rather like him. If you *know* your shit he respects you and your opinion, if you're *full* of shit you'll definitely know what he thinks of you. ;-) The position is primarily *Windows* administration, along with some Cisco PIX and router work, and general networking and PC support - with a teeny bit of Red Hat Linux. This is an entry/low end kind of position and we're really a start-up, so the pay isn't great - but the company is growing so there is opportunity to move up over time. Our current admin found a higher level gig with more pay closer to home - a deal he couldn't refuse, and rightfully so So he's gone in two weeks - which means they'll want to fill this soon. If you have any questions about the job either post a comment or hit me in email. Oh, and if you can understand Russian that probably works in your favor - Paul and some of the other developers are Russian, and we have a team working there too. So they always like it when someone else can handle things in Russian when needed. At the very least you can't be bugged by the fact people will be talking Russian around you - so if you're paranoid and think they're talking about you, you should probably not take it. ;-)

Department: Operations

Position: System Administrator (at least 3 years of experience)

Knowledge in the following areas
MS active directories and domain strategy knowledge,
Cisco PIX firewall and router setup and maintenance,
strong MS Exchange 5.5, 2000, 2003 knowledge,
IIS 3,4,5,6 configurations and security,
Windows terminal services configurations,
PC/network hardware building and installation experience (A+ cert preferred),
TCP/IP, HTTP, FTP, SSL, SSH, SNMP, etc. network protocols knowledge,
wireless networking including WEP,
general encryption technologies understanding (PGP and related),
UPS installation,
Red Hat Linux,
network backup devices setup and management,
DNS, DHCP, anti-virus and personal firewall installation and maintenance,
VPN (IPSEC/L2TP) setup,
video conferencing equipment knowledge,
MCA and MCSE certificates owners are preferred.

Job responsibilities:
Domain controllers and MS Exchange management,
client computers setup and maintenance,
network printers and file servers management,
remote servers monitoring, wireless (w/WEP) network maintenance,
backup and restore,
anti-virus and personal firewall setup on server/client computers,
remote operating systems,
software and patches installation,
network statistics and documentation,
IIS (including server/client SSL certificates) and ftp setup, security research and improvement.

Applying person should be motivated. Ready to work late and extra hours including weekends. Good and friendly communication skills are required.

Salary in high 30’s

I am: busy
Current Media: quiet office

z_gryphon From: z_gryphon Date: May 3rd, 2004 06:20 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)

rhetorical question:

where was this 2 years ago?
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: May 3rd, 2004 06:35 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
I think the company was a handful of people. :-)

If you want to go for it, do it. Who knows. I'm willing to recommend you.
z_gryphon From: z_gryphon Date: May 3rd, 2004 06:57 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
nah. I'm through with tech jobs. what skills I had are gone, and I didn't like the work enough to get them back.
that_xmas From: that_xmas Date: May 3rd, 2004 06:39 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
I'd be interested.

I'll send my resume after I get back from vacation.

Although, with all the stuff they are asking for, high 30's is kinda low.
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: May 3rd, 2004 06:49 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Yeah, it is. I think the last guy was/is making close to 40K - but he got offered about 60K at the other place - with a higher position and shorter commute. Way too nice a deal for him.

Since we're still a startup money is kind of tight - we're operating on investment money. A whole wad of money (like $10mil+) is tied up with the defunct VCom deal and the business and legal folks are still unravelling that. Once it is freed up we expect things to relax a bit on the financial side. Management recognizes they need to do something about pay - we've had a decent number of people leave in the past year with pay being a primary issue in most cases.

But they've been pretty good so far at trying to get more money for good people (I've had several raises so far in the past 18 months or so) and the work environment is, overall, fairly good.

When are you getting back?
qedrakmar From: qedrakmar Date: May 3rd, 2004 07:30 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
I'm doing all that and a whole lot more (like complete redesign of our network infrastructure) right now with pay in the low 30's. So, it could be worse...
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: May 3rd, 2004 07:47 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
I let Paul and Bob know about you, that you were interested, but that you probably couldn't get me a resume until next week (I poked around and see you're gone until the 7th), and Bob said that should be fine and they don't expect to fill it before them anyway. What I posted is actually Paul's request for an official req - there will be a more traditional job description coming, I'm told. I'll share that when I see it.

They may not even put this out on the website since myself and a couple of others have already said we might have people interested.
From: offsides Date: May 4th, 2004 04:12 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
If it weren't a WIndows job I'd be inclined to go for it, but I've finally gotten away from doing that kind of stuff and into primarily Linux, and I want to stay there. Plus, I'm definitley not a junior level admin anymore...

OTOH, I used to be the network admin at a company that had a lot of Russians, and whil I don't speak the language, I do generally know how to understand them anyway. Plus, I was very good at getting double takes on occasion from someone who didn't know that I could say "I don't know anything, I just work here" in Russian... :)

Good luck to those that are submitting resumes!