A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.
-Robert A. Heinlein
Get it done. Make it work, then make it sing. Pivotal Labs seeks a highly specialized generalist to make things go.
Can you teach my mom to finally make her VCR stop blinking 12:00 and then pair with me on writing a shell script? I want to meet you. Is discovering something you don’t know exciting? Awesome. We’ll teach it to you, or learn it with you.
What does Pivotal Labs do?
We’re a special sort of software consultancy. People hire us when they’ve got a great idea and want to make it real. We help them make it happen, teaching along the way. We’ve built stuff with some pretty fun companies, like Twitter, Groupon, and TaskRabbit.
What does Pivotal Labs IT do?
If it turns on and off, it’s ours. We keep things working so that everyone else can focus on what they do best. We value personal communication over documentation, time over money, and good enough today over perfect next week.
What do we need from you?
We’ve just opened a 10,000 sq ft office on Old Street. We could use a hand polishing it up and keeping it running smoothly. We’re expecting to grow quickly in London. Your job will become as big as you make it. The prime directive is: do the right thing, do what works, and be kind. We want you to help us do that.
What do we work with?
We’re a Mac shop, but some of the new folks will be on Windows. If you’ve got background in both, we’re stoked. We deal with mobile of every stripe. As few printers as possible. We love Google Apps and Zendesk. We keep as many services hosted as we can. You’ll also have the chance to work with cool stuff like FreeBSD and Linux servers, ESXi, and Ruckus enterprise wifi, but you don’t need to be familiar with those now.
Here are some requests we’ve gotten recently:
- Get a batch of new high-spec iMacs inventoried, imaged, and out on the floor
- Set up an iPad mini with LTE for a director
- Help a designer use Dropbox to share assets with clients
- Update DNS/DHCP to keep client subnets separate
- Troubleshoot a firewall issue (with one of our network engineers)
What’s a typical day look like?
Hot breakfast shows up at 8:45. After we eat, we get together for a chat on what’s happening that day. We all stand up to keep it quick. Once you hit your desk, you’ll take a look at the help requests that came in that morning. After that, it’s up to you and the team. What looks important? What do you want to work on alone? What do you want to pair with one of the other team members on? What do you want to kick up to someone else? You have a lot of latitude in deciding how to do your job. If you work here, we trust you.
Do you hear a scary sound and run toward it? Talk to us.
Interested in becoming a Pivot? Please apply with your Resume and a Cover Letter.
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