Breaking in a New Job as an SRE

Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 10:00 am10:20 am

Amy Tobey, Tenable


In theory, most companies have onboarding processes to assimilate you and prepare you for life in the collective. In reality, this is not common and folks are busy, so it’s often up to you to figure out where you can make an impact and start contributing. Even after you’ve been at a company for a while, it can be useful to re-orient after extended leave or a major organizational change. This talk presents a candid rendition of Amy's experience changing jobs over the summer of 2017, covering mistakes she made and strategies she used to find the right places to focus.

Amy Tobey, Tenable

Amy is a parent, technologist, musician, and SRE at Tenable. While attending university as a music major, she got into MUDs, C, and Linux, eventually ending up with a career as a sysadmin. Over the last 18 years, Amy has worked on everything from kernel hacking to full-stack applications, mostly from inside operations teams.

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@conference {213102,
author = {Amy Tobey},
title = {Breaking in a New Job as an {SRE}},
year = {2018},
address = {Santa Clara, CA},
publisher = {USENIX Association},
month = mar,

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