Beyond the Job Posting: Life as a Microsoft Systems Engineer at SWC
Aaron Saposnik is a Senior Consultant for the Infrastructure Solutions Group at SWC. He works on a wide variety System Center, cloud, and networking projects.
We sat down with Aaron to give potential applications a glimpse of what it’s like to be a Microsoft Systems Engineer at SWC.
You’ve been with SWC for a while now. What makes SWC a great place to work?
Collaboration. We have a very open environment here; everyone is always happy to lend a hand and let you pick their brain.
It’s also a great place to grow your knowledge base and your skillset. You have the opportunity to learn and use a lot of different technologies. If you are interested in a specific technology or project, you can ask to be involved in it, or a similar project in the future. In the meantime, you can shadow those who are a part of that project. Between the cutting-edge technologies we work with and goal setting with your career advocate, you’re always growing and working towards something.
What technical skills and qualities make a successful Microsoft Systems Engineer?
Generally speaking, you need a good foundation in multiple Microsoft solutions. We look for experience in basic networking and Microsoft Active Directory, but beyond that it’s important to have a more thorough understanding of any number of solutions—whether it’s Microsoft Exchange, Skype for Business, System Center, virtualization, etc.
The Microsoft Systems Engineer position is almost 100% client-facing. You have to demonstrate a willingness and ability to be a consultant, which means working in different types of environments and verticals.
What are some day-to-day and long-term challenges that a Microsoft Systems Engineer will face?
You have to balance different projects throughout the week. Some projects require stopping and starting—for instance, between installations—so you have to be ready to pick them back up.
What was one of the most memorable projects you’ve worked on?
We’ve done a lot of recent Microsoft Office 365 migrations for large organizations. They become fairly large and complex, but it’s very satisfying to see the immediate results: staff can work and communicate more efficiently, IT is free to work on more strategic projects and not deal with the maintenance of these legacy systems, and the organization saves money on hardware and software.
How is the work-life balance at SWC?
SWC gives you time to do the things that you want to do in life. It’s not like many IT jobs where you are forced to work afterhours at certain times. SWC is very reasonable.
What professional development opportunities are there?
SWC wants you to pursue your passions—that’s something upper management instills from day one. Everybody has a career advocate who makes sure you are progressing and growing into whatever you want to be.
I’ve taken advantage of the support for professional certifications. I try and do a couple a year. There are also internal resources for training. I always feel like I’m learning here with the wide variety of projects that we get to do.
What are some of your favorite SWC career perks and experiences?
The good and bad one is the food—there is always food! There are plenty of social events. People are friendly; it’s easy to make friends here that you want hang out with after work.
With this Microsoft Systems Engineer position, we have a really good management team, they are approachable, accommodating and friendly. The support structure is also great.
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