Getting to Know Joe Gillotti

July 28, 2015

Talent is LinkedIn’s number one operating priority and we have no shortage of talented individuals in technical roles across the company. These are the folks that create, build and maintain our platform, tools and features - as well as write the posts for this blog. We are featuring some of the people and personalities that make LinkedIn great.

Name: Joe Gillotti
LinkedIn profile:
Position: Site Reliability Engineer (SRE)

As a member of Talent Solutions and Pinot Site Reliability Engineering, Joe is an SRE primarily responsible for supporting LinkedIn’s recently open sourced back-end data analytics service called Pinot. Joe is also an author and contributor of various automation tooling and provides support for our monetization services. Before joining LinkedIn, he worked at as a Systems Integration Engineer. Joe is the youngest SRE on the team at LinkedIn.

What is something not found on your LinkedIn profile?
Outside of LinkedIn, I created GSHost LLC, an automated website that that rents out around a hundred King Arthur’s Gold game servers. Also outside of LinkedIn, I collaborate remotely as a sysadmin for Transhuman Design, a European video game studio, where I helped develop and maintain the high traffic backend and automated Hudson build system for the multiplayer indie games Soldat and King Arthur’s Gold.

What are your favorite things to do when you’re not at the office?
I like coding and doing Linux things for lots of side projects. Among them are my open source project Linfo which is used by sysadmins all over the world, and my aforementioned collaborations with Transhuman Design. Aside from tech stuff, I enjoy going out with friends, jumping out of airplanes, hiking, and traveling.

What’s your favorite thing about working at LinkedIn?
The ease of collaboration between teams. Whenever I have a question about how something works, or how to solve an issue, there is always someone who knows how to proceed.

What do you love most about working on the SRE team?
What I love most about site reliability engineering is that there is always something new to learn more about, be it a new service to run and maintain, or a new set of tools to work with.

What tools do you use every day in your job?
Vim, Screen, and Python are at the top of the list.

What is the most challenging part of your job?
Keeping documentation up to date with the rapidly changing environment of tools and services we maintain.