Hey there recruiter!

As much as I love getting emails in my inbox from you to get my ego stroked, boosted & validated that I am a desired engineer/architect at your company, times have changed & it is a two way street so I would love if you could spare 5 minutes & read below.

As a fun exerise, please identify the below 👇 of which of these are pokemon’s, programming languages, frameworks etc.

R, python, javascript, squirtle, shiny, dplyr, purrr, ditto, egplot, d3, canvas, spark, sawk, pyspark, sparklyR, lodash, lazy, bootstrap, jupyter, vulpix, git, flask, numpy, pandas, feebas, scikit, pgm, bayes, h2o.a, sparkling-water, tensorflow, keras, onyx, ekans, hadoop, scala, unity, metapod, gc, c#/c++, rebase, neo4j, hadoop, r53, eks, elasticsearch, kafka, snorlax, statefulset, ingress.

  • I prefer mature, transparent organizations that value a healthy work-life balance.
  • I don’t mind chatting directly with Hiring managers on a phone screen.
  • I’m not impressed by free meals, snacks, parties, gaming stations, coffee machines, beer, etc.
  • It would be good to have an idea about forthcoming issues or problems you are trying to address.
  • I would love to know about your company culture. I care about mental health.
  • Toxic culture is a big NO. If it is, please save a poor man like me the time and pain you already know.
  • If the employees in your org have to maintain a timesheet, it is a red flag for me.
  • Organizations with ties to the military, tobacco, fossil fuels, or government intelligence are not a good fit for me. My moral compass is too high.

Companies I might be interested in:

  • education: e.g. Wikimedia, NPR, AMNH, NYPL, Ed-tech companies with a good social cause.
  • internet infrastructure e.g. ISC, RIPE, RIRs, IXPs, CDNs, Github, Cloudflare.
  • astrophysics and research: e.g. NASA, ESA, CERN, Spire, Planet Labs, Terra Bella…
  • anti-censorship, internet defense; e.g. EFF, Let’s Encrypt, Google Jigsaw
  • humanitarian global organizations e.g. Doctors/Reporters without Borders

I don’t mind:

  • informal conversations
  • strategy discussions
  • exchange of experiences

I do not like (and consider as big honking warnings signs):

  • unprepared interviewers asking basics that can be found on the internet
  • An eternal interview process. (More than 2 weeks is a no)
  • Competitive programming questions. You are hiring me to build/maintain/secure your infrastructure.


If you have been in the industry long enough, you are aware of the industry standards for an SRE/DevOps. Stock options or possible bonuses are nice, but should not be used to justify a below-average base salary (below 180k); please include salary ranges in your job description. Kindly do not try to lowball the salary once the interviews are completed.