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More sysadmin focused but y’all get this stuff and I need a rant.

TLDR: Got the wrong internship.

Start working as a sysadmin/dev intern/man-of-many-hats at a small finance company (I’m still in school). Day 1: “Oh new IT guy? Just grab a PC from an empty cubicle and here’s a flash drive with Fedora, go ahead and manually install your operating system. Oh shit also your desktop has 2g of ram, a core2 duo, and we scavenged your hard drive for another dev so just go find one in the server room. And also your monitor is broken so just take one from another cubicle.”

Am shown our server room and see that someone is storing random personal shit in there (golf clubs propped against the server racks with heads mixed into the cabling, etc.). Ask why the golf clubs etc. are mixed in with the cabling and server racks and am given the silent treatment. Learn later that my boss is the owners son, and he is storing his personal stuff in our server room.

Do desktop support for end users. Another manager asks for her employees to receive copies of office 2010 (they’re running 2003 an 2007). Ask boss about licensing plans in place and upgrade schedules, he says he’ll get back to me. I explain to other manager we are working on a licensing scheme and I will keep her informed.

Next day other manager tells me (*the intern*) that she spoke with a rich business friend whose company uses fake/cracked license keys and we should do the same to keep costs down. I nod and smile. IT manager tells me we have no upgrade schedule or licensing agreement. I suggest purchasing an Office 365 subscription. Boss says $150 a year per employee is too expensive (Company pulls good money, has ~25 employees, owner is just cheap) I suggest freeware alternatives. Other manager refuses to use anything other than office 2010 as that is what she is familiar with. Boss refuses to spend any money on license keys. Learn other manager is owners wife and mother of my boss. Stalemate. No upgrades happen.

Company is running an active directory Windows Server 2003 instance that needs upgrading. I suggest 2012R2. Boss says “sure”. I ask how he will purchase the license key and he tells me he won’t.

I suggest running an Ubuntu server with LDAP functionality instead with the understanding that this will add IT employee hours for maintenance. Bosses eyes glaze over at the mention of Linux. The upgrade is put off.

Start cleaning out server room of the personal junk, labeling server racks and cables, and creating a network map. Boss asks what I’m doing. I show him the organized side of the server room and he says “okay but don’t do any more”.

... *sigh* ...

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  • 29
    Run away while you still can 😱
  • 6
    Doesn't MS give a reward to IT folks who turn in their thieving bosses?
  • 4
    @kodingsykosis you don’t mean this thing do you...

    https://microsoft.com/en-us/...

    I don’t think there’s any rewards though other then a clear conscience but who needs one of those these days?
  • 4
    @C0D4 It's a little old, but this was what I was thinking. https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/ms...
  • 4
    @kodingsykosis wow 50k, I would have reported myself for that money 😂

    But that was 11 years ago, don’t think I’ve seen anything like that in recent times.
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  • 1
    Would still suck to lose your job for "Doing the right thing" with less than 3-6 months income as reward...
  • 6
    Family companies are fucking nightmares. Run for your life.
  • 6
    Yeah, I agree with @shellbug. Don't get me wrong, family is great for support and all that good stuff. Once you hire them and they start to have a foothold it starts going downhill really quickly.
  • 1
    WTF ?
  • 1
    @Puddinglord Family companies: Of our company's 7-ish employees, 2 are the boss's siblings. So far, so good!
  • 3
    @coderme I am glad it is working out for you guys! I know it can be done and I’m not saying that business will suffer. The relationships are just different between that of a coworker and that of a family member. But good for you!
  • 2
    @Puddinglord I definitely agree, and I've joked a few times about the "Joneses" taking over the business, but I'm not too worried.
  • 1
    @coderme All I can think of is the movie “Keeping up with the Joneses” 😂😂
  • 1
    How does their company even run? If that kind of people can be successful in running a company, everybody can!
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  • 1
    Boy that Is heavy...
  • 2
    Or stay hard and educate them. Companies often have to learn that a legal and safe infrastructure costs money. Worked for several startup with quite similar environment. The discussion should lead to a solid business plan. If they do not accept your recommendations and don't want to spent the money ey after you explained why it is needed, our ly then I would run :)
  • 2
    @marcom Yeah that’s the plan. I’m in school, and the Devops/Network Engineer roles with flexible schedules are limited in Montana. The “we’re flexible” mentality is actually really nice.

    I’m just co-opting my bosses role by constantly and enthusiastically recommending actions *after* taking them.

    All my coworkers work on the company’s web app and are stoked to have someone enthusiastic about the ops plumbing work and security. I’ve got admin access to every system (as the *intern*, jesus someone help this company) and tacit support all across the board from IT/dev staff.

    I just have to put up with a bullshit “we don’t have the funds” rhetoric while I watch my boss fiddle with his Dell PowerEdge gaming server taking up a huge bench in my server room. On paid time. And all the fluff above.

    If nothing else this job will make me very creative. Part time sysadmin + network engineer isn’t a job right? ....... right?
  • 1
    @kodingsykosis If I made 50k in 3-6 months I would not be doing this job!
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