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Sr. Linux Systems Engineer

| Austin

 

About us:

HomeAway, based in Austin, Texas, is the world leader in vacation rentals with more than 2 million unique places to stay in 190 countries, and is a part of the Expedia, Inc. family of brands.

HomeAway offers an extensive selection of vacation rental homes that provide travelers with memorable experiences and benefits, especially more room to relax, for less than the cost of traditional hotel accommodations. The company also makes it easy for vacation rental owners and property managers to advertise their properties and manage bookings online. 

The Opportunity: 

In this role, you'll be a senior member of the Technical Operations team. TechOps is part of the Hosting Operations org we're responsible for all levels of Linux admin, Java application support, hosting tools support, and collaborating with various teams on special projects. These activities generally involve the full lifecycle; sizing, provisioning, analysis/debug, compliance, and decommissioning. TechOps' primary customer is Development and we've worked hard over the years to foster a strong/positive relationship. We're known for having just the right level of process and people have a significant influence on their own destiny. Our datacenters are both terrestrial and cloud-based and while this role will primarily focus on the former, that focus will shift more to the latter over time. As a team member, you won't be in the on-call rotation but your experience will occasionally be required after-hours; for special projects and challenging incidents. 

Additionally, you'll have an opportunity to mentor others, sharing your specific experiences and guiding on best practices. Members of the TechOps team value a diversity of experience, skills, and approach. Success within this team requires initiative, intellectual curiosity, passion, and humility. We're flexible on work schedules and we make time for heads-down / interrupted work.

Responsibilities:

  • Automate various processes and policies, working with partners to reach consensus on solutions, provide status, and accomplish related goals in a timely manner
  • Manage and support various applications, systems and services across Test, Stage, and Production environments; this includes both internal and external customer functions
  • Assess non-standard requests from our internal customers; validating their initial requirements, providing related guidance, and identifying an appropriate resource to fulfill the request
  • Provide guidance to our tactical support team when they have questions or need assistance with a project or task
  • Create and update documentation for related tools and processes
  • This is not an on-call role but as a senior member of the team, you are expected to be available on an occasional basis; for planned maintenance or the occasional emergency that requires a deeper level of knowledge

Requirements:

  • Advanced level of experience installing, configuring, tuning, and supporting servers running CentOS; experience with Ubuntu is highly desirable
  • Advanced level of experience with Bash (or other core Unix shell)
  • Intermediate-to-advanced level of experience with Python, Ruby, and/or Go
  • Intermediate-to-advanced level of experience with at least one infrastructure-as-code solutions such as Puppet or Terraform
  • Proven history of automating common tasks in a manner that can be used and improved by others
  • Hands-on experience as a Linux administrator in a large hosting environment (hundreds to thousands of hosts)
  • Experience with core shared services such as DNS, virtualization, load balancing, OS and artifact repositories, and monitoring
  • Experience working with CI/CD pipelines is highly desirable
  • Experience with AWS is a plus- Initiative to self-start and take ownership and responsibility to work issues to completion
  • Organized, consistent and calm under pressure

Benefits:

  • Competitive health and insurance benefits.
  • Competitive salary.
  • Annual target bonus or commission.
  • Paid vacation and sick time.
  • Vacation rental on a yearly basis (taxable benefit).
  • Employee Stock Purchase Program.
  • Free snacks and beverages.
  • Frequent company update talks with our leadership team.
  • Free listing on HomeAway.com
  • Electronic, adjustable stand-up desk.
  • Discounted Metro & Rail pass.

“We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.”

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Product
  • Sales & Marketing
    • .NETLanguages
    • JavaLanguages
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • ScalaLanguages
    • SwiftLanguages
    • ReactLibraries
    • ReduxLibraries
    • DjangoFrameworks
    • HadoopFrameworks
    • Node.jsFrameworks
    • SpringFrameworks
    • CassandraDatabases
    • MongoDBDatabases
    • MySQLDatabases
    • Google AnalyticsAnalytics
    • IllustratorDesign
    • InVisionDesign
    • ConfluenceManagement
    • JIRAManagement
    • SmartsheetManagement
    • WordpressCMS
    • SalesforceCRM

Location

HomeAway has six offices in the Austin area with a 16-story global headquarters under construction at the Domain set to open in 2019.
11800 Domain Blvd, Austin, TX 78758

An Insider's view of HomeAway

What’s the vibe like in the office?

Some of us have been working together for 5+ years and have been there for each other during engagements, births, divorces…you name it. They have truly been my second family and my coworkers are the best part of coming to the office every day.

Amanda

Director, B&B Sales and Supply

What projects are you most excited about?

As a Software Engineer, I’m excited to rebuild an old JavaScript and jQuery STAB component into a new React based component. The goal is to update this component to our new tech stack so when consuming applications move to using Catalyst based applications we can ease the integration process.

Juliana

Advertising Account Executive

What makes someone successful on your team?

Being a successful finance person means being a strong business partner and not only understanding what is happening throughout the business but also being insatiably curious about it. It’s not enough to just know math, or know the numbers; you need to know where those numbers come from, how they get there and what's driving that result.

Sharon

Sr. Director Global Finance Operations

How do your team's ideas influence the company's direction?

The Talent Acquisition team is always pitching innovative ideas at our 120-day planning sessions that directly impact the company and recruitment experience. It’s amazing to see how quickly we’re able to implement new ideas every 120 days and measure the results. We’ve seen everything from employee referral reform to self-defense classes in Austin.

Marisela

Director, Global Talent Acquisition

What projects are you most excited about?

I'm on a team that's investigating the integration of react-native into our existing mobile app and my focus is primarily on bridging our existing native analytics packages into the react-native side of things. This allows us to adapt and improve based on what customers do while using our product,

Andrew

Software UI Engineer

What are HomeAway Perks + Benefits

Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Onsite Gym
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
HomeAway offers up to 20 weeks of paid parental leave (yes, dads, too!) for eligible new parents with at least 1 year of service.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
4 weeks of vacation time per year that starts accruing on your first paycheck.
Paid Volunteer Time
Enjoy 2 days/ year to spend volunteering with your favorite charity or non-profit.
Paid Holidays
9 paid holidays + 2 floating holidays you can take any time during the year.
Paid Sick Days
5 paid sick days/year that start accruing on your first paycheck.
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Parking
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Diversity Program

Additional Perks + Benefits

We were recognized by the Austin American-Statesman for having the most generous parental leave in Austin!

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