Great Employee Owned Co - split into current LDOS (original renamed) & new SAIC
Sr. Network Engineer (Former Employee) – San Diego, CA – May 22, 2018
Typical Engineering 9-6 w/flexible hours (+ on-call or extra hours as needed). I learned Systems, Data Center, & Networking Layers 1-7+ Strategy/Politics top to bottom over 20+ years initially on Project HealthCare VA military side, then as 1 of 2 most Sr IT Network Engineers growing team from early after thought to critical 7/24 Enterprise standard for 350+ WAN/LAN sites, large Campus with multiple redundant DataCenters, expanding fiber/POP entrances, set Building/Campus closet/DataCenter wiring/network standards, as well as engineer advance Load-Balancing, Router/VPN, Firewall & troubleshoot worst Network/System/Application problems day or on-call.
Hardest part was coordinating or troubleshooting major Campus or core DataCenter, sometimes on Holiday or often late low usage periods, but also could be most rewarding as typically huge accomplishments as well a rare major system/application problems networking often helped solve. Adding major redundancies & DataCenter isolation from campus lessen network problems while challenging problems also provide great learning opportunity and keeps things interesting.
Management varied in 20 years from great as well as not so great, with more Bureaucratic process standards as SAIC grew or w/ Government work (earlier often had personal relationships w/ very Sr. Mgmt). After SAIC went public or new outside CIO's & top management less familiar with older SAIC legacy entrepreneurial spirit & dynamic processes as well as employee's as well as often more challenging familiarization & new direction periods.
Earlier Stock grants easier & even matching Pension $'s, while later higher Base salary. Some free meals on special occations, Great Benifits, etc.
San Diego no longer the headquarters nor huge Campus/DataCenter it was, as leadership moved east