By Travis Thompson
You may have picked up on this from some of my colleagues’ blog posts, but here’s the deal: Working at SCS is great. The people here make you feel welcome and we truly are a team here. Since no one person is an expert on everything, it’s nice to have people who are experts in different areas for collaboration.
When I first started at SCS, I was immediately put on a five-month assignment in a temporary systems administrator/ helpdesk role. Since then I’ve been at the SCS office working on internal infrastructure, helping SCS staff with computer-related issues and studying for exams. I have also supported various clients remotely. I will say that the best thing about being an employee at SCS is the ability to set up in house labs and lab environments to test software and use scenarios. This helps tremendously when implementing new technologies as well as studying for exam objectives.
And that’s just to start! Here are some of my favorite parts of working at SCS:
No day is the same. There is a nice variety of work to do within the infrastructure department. Depending on your skillset, you could end up doing just about anything from staff augmentation, systems administration, networking, OS deployments, Exchange or Sharepoint migrations, or implementing other various technologies. It’s hard to get bored here at SCS!
Lots of learning opportunities. SCS encourages ongoing education and helps facilitate the desire to achieve new certifications by giving bonuses to employees that pass certification tests. They also provide you with training time and money so you don’t need to use PTO to take tests. Once per quarter we also have the option to attend a Dine N Discover. A Dine N Discover is basically dinner from SCS with a presentation on a current Microsoft technology. I have enjoyed listening to Dan English present information on the new Excel 2013 add-in GeoFlow, and Eric Ness’s presentation on Master Data Services. Both of these presentations were very informative and well thought out.
We are a tight team. SCS also organizes team-building activities that occur sporadically throughout the year. These range from potlucks to preparing your own food at Let’s Dish. This gives us an opportunity to get to know one another outside of work and break the ice. It is important to know your team when working in a team environment, so it’s nice that SCS gives us time to do this.
I’ve had the good fortune to work on some incredible projects during my time at SCS. My favorite in-house projects include implementing System Center 2012 SP1 and Nagios. I implemented SCCM for Antivirus, updates and OS Deployments. I implemented Nagios to monitor the SCS infrastructure remotely and receive notifications when certain criteria were met. Both of these projects were challenging and required a lot of research and time to set up correctly, but it was a good learning experience configuring them in a production environment.
Are you thinking of joining SCS? Come be a part of our team!