What is it like working as a Database Administrator (DBA)?
Database Administrator (DBA) in Sacramento:
"Fun but Confounding."
Pros: Work is interesting and company is at the infancy of implementing modern IT and data analytical processes. Job is never boring, there always something to learn and a new adventure to conquer.
Cons: Company is complete disorganized when it comes to IT. IT is not valued and the company lacks the understanding of basic best practices or fundamental setups.
Decentralized controls of department and projects has allowed individual fiefdoms to pop up and implement their own ideas. This has resulted in years and years of processes, programs and applications that do not talk to each other or share data efficiently. Moreover, departments will constantly act on their own and try to implement new software and or processes with out checking to see if resources already on hand will suffice.
Nepotism is extremely high and contrary arguments or point of views are discouraged for want superiors deem important at the time.
Database Administrator (DBA) in Fort Worth:
"Daily frustration of the underpaid and unappreciated."
Pros: The flexibility of position and a handful of friendly coworkers are truly the only positive things about my current position.
Cons: I am poorly compensated, overworked beyond belief, I've been working for the past 18 months without a functional job description, so my supervisor will add anything to my work load that sounds like it's something I may be able to do. I have to force myself to go to work in the morning each day.
Database Administrator (DBA) in Allentown:
"Demanding Stress In Corporate Culture Doing The Work Of Three People."
Pros: Challenging, rewarding, lots to learn, variety of tasks, direct mail, database, fundraising.
Cons: Hourly position but work is salary work. Doing the work of 3 different people, not enough time to do the work required. Work environment is stressful. Not appreciated by upper management.