What did you work on yesterday?
Yesterday I was monitoring the system which is my primary job. In addition, our team has access to Linux Academy so I was exploring new concepts. I took a deeper dive into Confluence, one of our knowledge sharing platforms, to try to find where information is stored and clean it up a bit too. We always look for ways to make improvements to how we do things, which is rewarding - I enjoy further developing our craft.
How would you describe what you do at Ridgeline?
I like to think of the Network Security Operations Center as an extra set of eyes and hands that never sleeps. We’re the only team that runs 24 hours a day, every day of the year. If something goes down on one of our systems we’re either reporting that to someone, troubleshooting, or there to assist other teams as needed.
Why did you come to Ridgeline?
After leaving the military, Ridgeline seemed like a fantasy. The more I heard about the environment, the more it seemed like a good fit for me. In my interview, Julian (my boss) told me it’s the kind of place where you actually want to come to work and you’ll learn something during every single shift. It’s a tech company that’s growing and there’s also a lot of former military people here, which is really nice. It’s the best place for me to be.
Why have you stayed at Ridgeline?
Because what I was told in my interview has proven to be true - every day I’ve been here I have learned something new. I don’t see a ceiling or a point you reach where you stop growing. The employees are growing professionally just as fast as the company is growing.
What advice would you give to someone considering working at Ridgeline? Why should they do it? Why should they not?
They should do it if they have the correct attitude. People who have a hunger to learn and want to better themselves professionally would probably find Ridgeline rewarding. Working here is kind of like being a freshman in college – you can dip your hands in a lot of different things and then find your own path within the company. Similarly, people should not come here if they have a bad attitude. If you’re prone to negativity, don’t like teamwork or are someone who brings morale down this probably isn’t the place for you.
What kind of things do you enjoy outside of work?
I love to eat, try new foods, travel, and I love spending time with my family and friends. I’m a big reader, and I finished my degree in cybersecurity in 2020.