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    Gain valuable experience or work semi-comfortably within your boundaries, your choice

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    Former Employee - Data Center Technician in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Data Center Technician in New York, NY

    I worked at New York Internet full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The entire business is small enough that you will be able to understand just about every facet of it's diverse operations within six months. From a systems administration perspective if you have little/no previous experience with unix environments, here is a perfect place to cut your teeth. Problems spring up constantly, and just about every set-up needs some love or could be improved upon dramatically. You will get a very good primary education about how a third-party data center operates, gaining exposure to server hardware, network cabling, cooling and ventilation systems and security. You will get an excellent first exposure to using freeBSD as a webhost and firewall, and pfSense as an all around network appliance. You will also get a very good general read-only exposure to network administration. If you want to test out your base diagnostic troubleshooting skills related to hardware fauls, OS and application difficulties, and network issues - you'll get a chance to do so, and fairly in-depth on some occasions.

    Cons

    Very limited chance for upward mobility within the company. Large (~800 messages) daily email volume. Expectation of quick resolutions and immediate responses. You will answer the phones for the general help line. You will answer the door when it rings. Pay is not competitive with other comparable service providers. Not an atmosphere or culture for mentoring or tutoring of the junior staff. Some equipment and set-ups run on cheap hardware and old software (freeBSD 4 - really!). The company is not growth oriented or expanding. Your range of tasks will still include menial ones even when you have eclipsed them in skill level. (Manual server reboots one moment, troubleshooting VPN tunnel connectivity the next, then go throw out some boxes, then diagnose PHP errors related to missing module dependencies on a webhost). You will not get a personal laptop or cellphone or any desktop equipment manufactured within the last five years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Exit business activities that generate a marginal level of revenue yet occupy a correspondingly larger chunk of time. Develop a message, ethos and culture that your employees will all share and have it delivered in person by the same person to everyone.

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    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 5 daysinterviewed at New York Internet in August 2012.

    Interview Details

    The interview will consist of two parts, an HR person and a technical person. The HR portion is standard and generic. The technical portion usually starts with a review of your performance on a simple test of Unix and basic troubleshooting questions they administered before the interview and branches off from there. While the job title is for Data Center Technician they heavily prefer candidates who have a fair proficiency in *Nix environments or showcase a desire for and adeptness at learning unix sysadmin skills. You do not need previous industry experience, just some sort of way of demonstrating your capabilities with computers. Expressing a willingness to work all shifts and do any assigned task will get you far. If you are used to a formal IT environment with defined tasks, structure and responsibilities, and that's what you're looking for - save yourself the trouble and look elsewhere.

    If you do not hear back within a week, or the following two or three days even, you did not get the job. If you do get an offer, you can start working as soon as possible.

    Interview Questions
    • Don't remember, probably some basic nix thing, like configuring a nic at the command line.   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    If you feel like negotiating for higher pay, don't expect success, especially if you have no demonstrated abilities or previous industry experience. And if you do, you'll likely not find much flexibility for increases. They prefer to hire cheap raw inexperienced personnel in the hopes of getting hardworking competent employees within 2 months or so, instead of boasted "skill set" employees with bloated pay and an unwillingness to do tasks "below" them and no desire to attempt tasks outside their capabilities that they are uncomfortable with.
    Accepted Offer
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Website www.nyi.net
Headquarters New York, NY
Size 16 to 50 Employees
Founded 1996
Type Company - Private
Industry Information Technology
Revenue $1 to $5 million (USD) per year
Competitors Unknown

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