What is it like to be new at
Redpill Linpro? Senior consultant Ove Tislevoll knows. He started
just three months ago and has it all fresh in his mind.
– I like
that both the company and the personnel are specialized in Linux.
It's not just a
the people actually are really interested in
even the office and collaboration tools are open source.
can get very technical, very quickly,
Ove Tislevoll says.
He is working
at the Redpill Linpro Office in Oslo but works partly remote from his
home in the countryside where he lives with his girlfriend and baby.
As an experienced senior consultant, Ove's primary focus is Linux
administration, which includes automation to make administration
manageable and systems
He started on the 1st of August
and had a calm first day at the office since many colleagues were
away on summer holidays.
– We were
only about four people that first morning. But it was nice, and the
very smoothly. Within the first day, I had everything I needed. And
by day two, I had everything else.
Can you describe the onboarding a bit closer?
onboarding was very efficient – in a good way. It was pretty
informal. I got a mentor who helped me with the questions I had. The
first day, I
got the computer, installed
my operating system of choice,
necessary login credentials for
the company services. On
the second day, I got lab access, and I was all set up.
discovered how helpful everyone in the office is. In the chat- and
collaboration platform, he saw a lot of recent posts. Even though
most contributors were on vacation there
was still a lot of recent activity in the different channels.
– People are
eager to share, and you will get a response sometimes
a few minutes, even
for complex topics, or topics you consider niche or obscure.
The most valuable answers have to do with the experience that my
colleagues possess, which
isn’t necessarily easy to google.
You can google things
valid solutions, but
in our internal
I get answers from people who have
opinions on which are better suited
different situations, and
Before assigning Ove a project,
his team leader reached out to check if it felt like a relevant
assignment for him – which it did.
– That was
very nice. You don't just get a surprise assignment out of nowhere,
based just on demand;
you're actually asked about your opinions on the matter.
Ove Tislevoll's first assignment
started in late August, so for the first 3 weeks, he could spend most
of his workday studying for certifications to improve his CV. He
managed to pass the Red Hat Certified OpenShift Administrator just in
time before the assignment started.
If someone out there is considering applying for a job at Redpill Linpro, what would you say to encourage them?
– If you
like configuring things yourself and want the opportunity to learn
more about Open Source software together with experienced people, you
should apply. I’ve learned a lot since I started, even though I
began only a few months ago.