Mike: I am Mike Shannon. As a Senior IT Engineer on the Data Center team, I’m tasked with making sure all the ones and zeros that float across the interwebs find their way to where they need to be so that you can enjoy playing Destiny. In a nutshell, I manage a large amount of network gear and server hardware.
Mike: I am a huge foodie. On the weekends, I’m usually experimenting and making some great grub. My goal when the whole tech thing is over for me is to become a restaurateur. Other than cooking, I like to golf and hang out with my newlywed wife and puppy. I played pool for about 15 years but got burned out so I am still in search of something to replace that.
Mike: I don’t know if I ever really had something I wanted to be. I just wanted to be successful. Ever since I was knee-high to a grasshopper, I had the entrepreneurial spirit. Growing up, I had all sorts of businesses, from paper routes to trading sports cards to selling golf balls/pop/candy through the fence at Bellevue Municipal [golf course].
Mike: I took the road less traveled and dropped out of high school my junior year. Two weeks later I had a job doing third-shift tech support for an e-commerce company. Six months after starting there, I moved over to the IT side to run their production systems and networks, and never looked back. Early on, I’m sure I missed out on a lot of opportunities with companies because I had no college or formal schooling. I definitely don’t recommend my path to anyone. I got lucky and made the most of it, but those opportunities are few and far between. Stay in school, kids.
Mike: Before I came to Bungie, I had the pleasure of working for everything from startups (many) to established multi-billion dollar companies. I’ve seen the entire spectrum of the technology world. I think working for such a diverse array of businesses definitely gives me more weapons in my arsenal that those that have only been with one company their whole career.
Mike: I refused to take no for an answer! I actually started the process interviewing for a Data Center Manager position. Three or four weeks into the process, the recruiter told me they decided to put that position on hold and thanked me for my time. I didn’t want to pass up a good opportunity with my big toe already in the door, so I asked if they would consider me for the Senior IT Engineer position. She went back to the team and they agreed, so I started the process all over again interviewing for that position.
Mike: Probably how long the process took for me was the toughest part. I think the time that passed from initial contact to offer was about two and a half months. A portion of that was spent interviewing for two different positions. I remember the recruiter was super nice and kept apologizing for how long it was taking. Patience and determination prevailed!
Mike: There is a crazy amount of smart people here. I have never seen such a concentrated amount of brain juice in one place. If there is something you need to do or understand there is probably someone here who is an expert on the subject. Having that kind of support team is pretty sweet, and does take some pressure off of me from time to time.
Mike: Just one? I would have to say the way the company treats the employees and their families is unheard of. I remember at Christmas we got some gift bags and in mine was a wrapped gift for my wife. Seriously – who does that?
Mike: Ask me next year.
Mike: I always say that if a day goes by that I don’t learn something new, I did something wrong. So many times in the IT world, we’re either troubleshooting or given a random task we might not have completed before. I probably spend at least 25% of my day researching what I’m working on from all different angles. The key is not just getting something to work but knowing how and why it works.
Mike: This is my first time in the game industry, but I have been in the software industry for half my life. In the IT world, get your hands on as many things as you can. Don’t just install something and say “Yay, I know this now.” Beat the crap out of it. Break it, wipe it, and start over. Do that a couple dozen times, and then it can go on your resume. Breadth and depth of knowledge is what it’s all about.
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