If this is true then you are a living proof that confirms it is possible to get a decent job without having university degree. My teacher at Uni once told us that if you don’t get 1st or 2nd class BSc then you will end up working in McDonalds. I didn’t find it funny back then.
However I’m shocked that such a high profile place chose someone without any qualifications or certs. I want to work as Sys admin at Cern and their requirements are way above my level. MSc or PhD in Computer Science or equivalent experience is what they want.