Dell Senior Software Quality Engineer in Seattle, Washington

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Isilon Systems, a division of Dell EMC, is the leader in scale-out storage systems and is transforming the way data is stored. At the forefront of the Big Data movement, our highly parallelized, distributed architecture has completely redefined the storage model. Isilon’s OneFS clustered storage and data management solutions enables enterprises and research organizations world-wide to manage massive and rapidly growing amounts of file/block based data in a highly-scalable, easy-to-manage, and cost effective way.The Sustaining team takes escalations from support to identify product defects, find workarounds, document defects in the form of bugzilla bugs, help identify test coverage issues and get the fix into the hands of the customers as soon as possible.

The ideal candidates for this position are able to:

  • Quickly learn new technologies

  • Take a problem that can sometimes be difficult to clearly define, work with people to pull together a better understanding of the issue so a problem can clearly be defined.

  • A strong customer focus, understanding that customers are impacted and we have to do what we can to get them back online and provide them confidence in the product

  • Work with people with different levels of technical knowledge from support, customers, executives in the organization and developers and articulate the issue to those levels appropriately

  • Mentor support and more junior engineers to bring them up to speed on Isilon technology


  • Work to provide reproduction of customer issues

  • Provide frequent, detailed status on assigned escalations until resolution

  • Create product defects that define the issue discovered in the field to provide tracking of issues, and clarity for developers

  • Participate in on-call rotation for non-business hours support coverage.

  • When required, interface directly with customer contacts, including end-users, technical professionals, IT system administrators, and management to resolve high-visibility technical problems on mission critical systems.

  • Validate support bug reports through debugging core files (gdb), reviewing packet captures, and direct code inspection. Provide guidance to development engineering on resolution of validated product bugs, provide education to support engineering on invalid bug reports.

  • Create training materials and provide training classes to internal team members from support and engineering

  • Help influence other parts of the organization (test, validation, dev etc.) to help improve processes and the product

Required Skills

  • 3-6 years’ experience in enterprise systems development or sustaining engineering

  • This position requires analysis of both defect reports and reading/modifying underlying source code. Real-world C knowledge and computer science fundamentals are required.

  • Ability to effectively explain and communicate architecture and root-cause analysis to Global Support, and occasionally customers

  • Strong English communication skills, both spoken and written, are required for interaction with team members, senior members of the staff and other organizations

  • Experience implementing, designing and deep troubleshooting one or more of the following is highly desirable: Systems Administration of Unix systems (BSD is a big plus), Storage protocols (NFS, HDFS, SMB etc.), Filesystems, Networking technologies and concepts.

  • Ability to manage multiple projects and see them through to completion

  • Ability to quickly learn new technology and new products

  • Strong interpersonal, communication and documentation skills

  • Storage industry experience considered a plus

  • Platform Systems experience troubleshooting issues related to hardware, firmware, components, and drives.

  • Experience with Java, C, C++ and Python strongly desired

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science of related field is required, Master’s Degree preferred



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