Junior Network Engineer at Cloud5 Communications

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We’re looking for a junior network engineer to join our team.  In this role, you will be a member of the team responsible for our branch network engineering design and hardware testing and will be utilizing innovative technologies to deliver world-class solutions to the hospitality market.
The ideal candidate will be a team player capable of thriving in a fast-paced environment, have a strong grasp on network engineering and architecture, and have excellent written and verbal communications skills - able to explain complex concepts to both customers as well as development work partners.  A self-starter, the ideal candidate is driven to innovate around smart, efficient, and highly reliable solutions.  The ideal candidate is comfortable working hands-on and leading teams to test, deploy, and integrate new products and services within customer’s exiting network and services architecture.

  • Integrate & operationalize new network hardware (firewalls, routers, switches, APs)
  • Implement & maintain advanced networking and Cloud solutions (SD-WAN, AWS)
  • Stage and maintain lab environments as necessary, both on-prem and cloud.
  • Handle complex escalations from L3 support and participate in critical outage events relative to networking, systems, or application related issues.
  • Be an active member of an Agile Development Life Cycle


  • Working knowledge equivalent to CCNA Wi-Fi or enterprise equivalent (Aruba ACMA)
  • Minimum associate degree in Computer Science or Computer Engineering or 3-5 years of relevant comparable experience
  • Minimum 3 years of experience in Network Engineering & Operations
  • Strong Wi-Fi expertise, high density deployments
  • Experience working with and maintaining on-prem virtualization solutions; strong knowledge of various virtualization technologies (VMware, KVM)
  • Working knowledge of AWS or similar cloud technologies (Azure, GCP)
  • Hands-on Linux practitioner
  • Ability to write simple automation routines in Python
  • Knowledge of DevOps concepts and tools (Ansible, Puppet, etc.)


  • CCNA Wi-Fi or CCENT + CWNA
  • Experience with configuration and maintenance of HP & Cisco switching (or similar enterprise products)
  • Experience with configuration and maintenance of FortiGate firewalls (or similar enterprise products)
  • Proven exposure to high density Wi-Fi indoor deployments ideally with Ruckus product line (or similar enterprise products: Aruba, Cisco, Extreme)
  • Experience in building dense virtualized nodes with associated networking & firewalling
  • Certified AWS practitioner
  • Experience working with AAA and/or Radius authentication (802.1x)


  • We are in the vibrant West Loop neighborhood with easy accessibility to mass transit as well as food/drink options
  • Building access to rooftop deck for summer meetings, lunches, and company get togethers
  • Multiple medical/dental/vision health benefit options offered
  • 401(K) savings plan
  • Competitive PTO
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Convenient West Loop location, close to the CTA, Metra, Divvy, and major freeways.

What are Cloud5 Communications Perks + Benefits

Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
We offer medical and dependent care flexible spending accounts that helps employees cover out-of pocket expenses with pre-tax contributions.
Disability Insurance
Disability insurance covers 60% of annual salary up to $1500 monthly maximum payout.
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Cloud5 provides employees with a 401(k) matching plan managed by Principal. We match 50% of contributions up to 6% of an employee's annual gross pay.
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Flexible Work Schedule
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Generous PTO
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Employees receive 40 hours per year of paid sick leave.
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
We offer pre-tax commuter benefits for all employees and subsidized Divvy bike membership.
Company Outings
Cloud5 hosts company outings Semi-annually.
Happy Hours
Professional Development Benefits
Lunch and learns
Cloud5 hosts lunch and learn meetings on occasion.
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Online course subscriptions available
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