Linode | Network Engineer -

Network Engineer

Linode |  Philadelphia | Dev / Eng

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Linode’s mission is to accelerate innovation by making cloud computing simple, affordable and accessible to all. At our core is a next generation global network with twelve majors points of presence from Mumbai, Tokyo, Singapore, Frankfurt, London, Toronto, NYC, Dallas, Atlanta, and the San Francisco Bay area, with continued global expansion in the near future.

As a Network Engineer at Linode, you have the unique opportunity to work on a state-of-the-art network with a team of dedicated network engineers to ensure our customers stay connected and our network is, secure, stable, reliable and extensible for new features. You will also have the opportunity to work with other systems and engineering teams to develop products and push automation.

If you are looking to join a Network Engineering team that stays up with the most advanced and bleeding-edge technology and desire to continually offer more to our customers, Linode offers you the freedom to innovate and help shape the next generation of network infrastructure that goes into scalable data centers as well as decentralized edge locations.


To be a successful team member, we expect applicants to have knowledge of some of the following technologies:

  • Wan and Backbone Networking – BGP, ISIS, OSPF, MPLS, QoS
  • Data Center Networking – STP, HSRP, MLAG, BGP, EVPN, VXLAN, Linux Bridge
  • Network Development – Linux, Python, YAML, Jinja2, JSON
  • Automation – Salt, NAPALM, ZTP
  • Monitoring: Prometheus, Grafana, Netflow, Kentik
  • Optical Networking – DWDM


  • Operating and maintaining large scale global data center networks
  • Operating and maintaining the Linode global backbone
  • Working on multiple network related projects at once, sometimes with teams from other departments.
  • Assessing and resolving network trouble escalations from our 24/7 support staff (we have an on-call rotation)
  • Administering standard network provisioning tasks

Job Requirements

  • Develop systems for Linode’s next generation network across a broad range of technologies including switch, router, and transport including but not limited to dark fiber and DWDM systems.
  • Develope design ideals and implement solutions for Linode data center networking based that include but are not limited to Juniper MX, Juniper QFX, Cisco Nexus, Broadcom and Mellanox based ASICs
  • Must be able to participate in 24/7 incident response.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Strong understanding of data center switching, routing and network protocols
  • Strong understanding of Linux, virtualization, scripting, and networking concepts.
  • Experience with administration of routers and switches via command line
  • 5+ years experience with large scale network administration
  • Understanding of version control; specifically Git and GitHub.
  • Knowledge of network software, IOS-XR, NX-OS, Junos, and Linux Networking
  • Understanding of peering and transit
  • Experience with MPLS, BGP and dynamic routing protocols
  • Understanding of VXLAN and EVPN
  • Ability to work with all kinds of people with varying skill sets will be critical for success.

Work With Us

  • Philadelphia office: HQ is one of the coolest tech buildings in Philly; join us on N3RD street!
  • Flexible work hours: We offer a flexible work schedule, a generous paid time off package, and two work from home days on a weekly basis.
  • Unbelievable benefits: We provide comprehensive health insurance, 401(k) contributions, a profit- sharing program, and pension plans.
  • Monthly wellness reimbursements: up to $100 towards gym memberships, diet plans, massages, etc.
  • A Macbook Pro: to use around the office and at home.
  • Free hosting service: Take advantage of some Linode service – we’ll pick up the tab.
  • Linode Lunch: What goes better with technology than food? Nothing. We bring in a catered lunch every week.
  • Competitive salary: It all begins with fair compensation. We believe in paying people well and rewarding those who go the extra mile.

Since 2003, Linode has been providing cloud computing services to customers around the world. Linode offers compute, storage, and networking services from ten data centers in three regions spanning the North America, Europe, and Asia. We are committed to making Linode the most simple, powerful and reliable hosting provider that thousands of customers—from the fastest-growing startups to established enterprises—trust. This industry moves fast, but we strive to hire the kind of people who can stay a step ahead and keep us – and themselves – at the top. We are an equal opportunity employer and we are committed to building a diverse, inclusive, and welcoming workplace for all.

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Health & Wellness Benefits
  • Dental
  • Disability Insurance
  • Health Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Vision
  • Wellness Programs
  • Travel
  • Work from Home
Parental Benefits
  • Family Medical Leave
  • Flexible Work Schedule
  • Generous Parental Leave
Perks & Discounts
  • Casual Dress
  • Company Outings
  • Lunch
  • Snacks
  • Special Discounts
Professional Development
  • Online Trainings
  • Tuition Reimbursement
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
  • 401K
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
  • Generous PTO
  • Paid Holidays
  • Paid Sick Days

What does Linode look for in prospective employees?

We constantly seek people who are not only qualified to do the job, but who are passionate about doing it well. We have a unique environment where our projects aren’t segmented or siloed — every employee owns what they’re working on and gets to see how it impacts our users and how it fits into high-level strategy. We look for people with a strong interest in learning and growing - personally and professionally.

Furthermore, empathy is the name of the game, and though it might sound cheesy, our number one requirement is a desire to help people. Assisting customers is the core of the job for every employee at Linode. If you’re not motivated by solving problems and making people happy, you’re at the wrong place.

What about technical skills?

Linode employees, especially those on the support team, often come to the company from a variety of non-technical backgrounds. That said, technical aptitude is a must. All employees pick up the Linux command line. The work we do is specific to Linux.

Technologists should know that while historically we’ve been a Python shop leveraging Flask, Django, and React, a lot of our next-gen systems are built with Go and Kubernetes. On top of that, we use SaltStack for configuration management, Docker for containerization and Jenkins for continuous integration. We don’t care so much about years of experience with particular languages, frameworks, and libraries as we care about passion, aptitude for learning new technologies, and eagerness to work with the best tools for each job.

What does a typical day of work at Linode look and feel like?

When it comes down to it, you can and should have a good time working at Linode. We empower our employees to use their knowledge to do the job the best way, to have constructive debates, and ultimately to do things that will produce the best results. We’ve held on to our startup feel, but with the benefit of being a market leader in a booming industry. At the end of the day, our employees are passionate about the things they work on which makes for a rewarding environment.

Linode strives to be communicative and open, both with our open source community and with each other. Employees are encouraged to offer their input on how to make the company and platform better, and that feedback is always evaluated.

How does Linode encourage professional growth and learning?

Linode offers a unique opportunity for those looking to launch or continue a great career in tech while learning new skills on the job. We’ve cultivated a culture of continuous learning and self-improvement. Professional aspirations aren’t limited here, and new roles are often created based on personal goals and company needs.

A new ‘Work From Home’ policy allows employees to work remotely two days a week, three if they are on the Support team. Many feel the new policy has increased their productivity, as well as eased the burden of finding that elusive balance between life and work.

What new projects or partnerships is Linode excited about?

Linode recently secured a premiere partnership with Limelight—an edge services platform delivering high-performance digital experiences. The partnership has been a win-win for both companies. Linode has gained access to a world class content distribution network, inciting its expansion into a new customer vertical of larger Enterprise customers, while Limelight reaps the benefits of Linode’s specialized computing expertise.  

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