Network Administrator 

(Male, Age 31) from Burke, VA

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At a Glance

Current Job

Basic data on your current job

Job Title Network Administrator
Salary $63,000
Other Compensation None Set
Hours/Week 45
Company Size (not answered)
Location Burke, VA
Years Experience 1 month

Career Ratings

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Years in Career 0
Education (not answered)
Income Rating 0 / 10
Interest Rating 0 / 10
Work-Life Rating 0 / 10
Fulfilment Rating 0 / 10

Current job Q&A

Describe the type of organization you work for.
For more than 65 years, EDAW’s collaborative approach to landscape architecture, planning/urban design, environmental planning, and economic, social, and cultural services has shaped sustainable environments across the globe. (that was cut and pasted from our website, We have offices on every continent (except Antarctica and, I think, South America). The office I work in has approximately 70 people.

Describe your job role and responsibilities.
I’m the network admin. My job is to make sure all the computers here work, so everyone else in the office can earn the big money that pays my salary. If you plug it in, it’s probably my responsibility to configure and maintain. That includes our servers but, thankfully, not the HVAC in this building. Antivirus, firewalls, email, software support, mice, keyboards, laptops… if you can imagine it and it thinks in binary, I’m your guy.

Please list an additional benefits (beyond compensation) that you receive.
3 weeks’ PTO; full medical, dental & vision; 401(k); profit sharing; pet insurance; employee discount program

Do you feel you are under/over or well/fairly compensated at your current position?
Well compensated, thank you.

Does your job entail you working with others on a daily basis? Is this something you like/dislike about your job? Please explain.
Yep. I have to interact with all of my users as well as my boss (who sits about 8 yards from me). I don’t particularly like it but it beats the heck out of my last job on a Help Desk for Real Estate Agents!

Do you work collaboratively with supervisors/managers?

Do you work collaboratively with your co-workers?

Describe your work location (e.g., office, home, theatre, in the field) and what you like/dislike about working in it.
Not sure what this blank is for but just in case it’s meant for me to express an opinion on the two questions above: I prefer collaborative work to dicatatorial environments, although I am not above issuing the occasional proclamation (such as “don’t plug your space heater into your UPS if you want your computer to work” for instance).

Please rate each of the following aspects of your current job on a scale of 1-10 (10 being the highest/best):
Income: 3
Benefits: 6
Hours: 7
Co-Workers: 4
Supervisors: 5
Job Title: 8
Level of Responsibility: 2
The Actual Work: 1

A day in the life of…

Please describe a typical workday for you in your current job:

5am to 6am
6am to 7am
7am to 8am Arrive at work, prepare coffee, check overnight email messages, verify that backups ran properly last night.
8am to 9am Continue checking email, check “daily” websites ( for example), eat breakfast. Troubleshoot issue with card reader on 3rd floor scanning station.
9am to 10am Build laptop for field employee. Push down image using Ghost server (this installs the Operating System and all necessary applications as well as Group Policy and security settings). Surf the internet while this is working.
10am to 11am Continue laptop build, respond to user issue with dual monitor setup (she had reversed the monitors so that what should have displayed on the right was actually on the left).
11am to 12pm Continue laptop build and surfing.
12pm to 1pm Finish building laptop, customize for the user (log in with his credentials, set up his Outlook, launch all applications to make sure they work under his profile). Deploy laptop (give it to the user, wire up his docking station, remove the desktop PC he’s been using).
1pm to 2pm Clean up from laptop deployment; lunch.
2pm to 3pm Order new monitor and stand for employee with laptop and docking station. Get a quote from Dell and forward it to our procurement manager. Begin answering career project questionnaire.
3pm to 4pm Continue filling out questionnaire, receive approval from purchasing manger, place order with Dell.
4pm to 5pm Rack Riverbed server (install it in the server room using hardware: screws, nuts, bolts, etc.) for future use. Go home!
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Long-term career plans

Is your current employment part of your overall career plan? Why or why not?
I’m not sure what this question means. Then again, I’m not sure I have a career plan! I’ll stay here as long as it’s still fun and they want to keep paying me good money.

What are your current career goals?
Keep learning–get more certifications. Travel a bit; this company has offices EVERYWHERE. Make more money, maybe enough to move closer to the office so I don’t have to drive 30-45 minutes each way every day.

Is there anything else you would like to share about your career?
Pick the right company and this job is recession-proof!

Prior work history

Please list your most recent jobs prior to this current job:

Title Length Salary Description
Prior Job 1 Help Desk Tech 20 months 43000 Supported over 2000 field agents in 250+ field offices all over the Eastern seaboard. 90+ applications, approximately 60 of them proprietary to the company. Phone and remote desktop support. Hellacious job.
Prior Job 2 Help Desk Tech 3 months $20/hour Contract position on a hospital help desk. Support all hospital users, desktops, laptops, Lifebooks (fun!), printers, scanners, etc. Phone and desk-side support throughout the hospital.

Educational background

Please list your educational background:

High School GPA:3.5

GPA School Degree
College (Undergraduate)
or Technical/Vocational
3.2 Saint Lawrence University English (Writing), Political Science
Graduate or Professional
(Masters or Doctorate)

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