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RE: DBA - Job boundaries & perks

From: Cunningham, Gerald <>
Date: Thu, 21 Dec 2000 09:30:19 -0500
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Hi everybody,

I apologize in advance for this shameless plug for USinternetworking ( ), but here goes.

This job is kind of unique compared to others I've had. Granted - I haven't changed jobs much (twice in 11 years). I work in an operations center that is staffed 24x7, so we work in shifts. Basically there is a DBA (at least 1) here, on site, every hour of the week (there are a few gaps here and there, but we're trying to fill them). Also in the operations center are resources for UNIX, NT, firewall, network, etc. - 24x7. So (this is the good part), when you're shift is over - you can leave! It's pretty cool. We're on-call every 11 weeks right now, which isn't to bad. The on-call DBA only gets paged if someone in not in the operations center. We currently have ~200 clients (maybe 400 production instances) running Oracle 7.3 - 8.1.6; applications include PeopleSoft, Broadvision, Siebel, Ariba, Lawson, and custom apps; platforms are Sun Solaris, HP HP/UX, Sequent, and NT. So you get experience in a wide variety of stuff.

Here's the shameless plug part - our midnight to 8am guy just quit, so we're looking for a night owl to take his place. Feel free to email me privately if you're interested.

Thanks for your time!

p.s. Take a virtual tour of Usi at !

-----Original Message-----
From: O'Neill, Sean [] Sent: Wednesday, December 20, 2000 11:39 AM To: Multiple recipients of list ORACLE-L Subject: DBA - Job boundaries & perks

How do you protect your "private life" time from your role of DBA?. Do you have formalised detailed job contracts with your employer covering such issues?. What perks/incentives do you receive for going that bit extra or being on call "just in case". Do you get to take your holidays or is that a ficticious clause in your job contract?. It seems to be that DBA's are expected to "be there" whenever required, but heck there is life outside Oracle DBAing (for some of us at least I hope!). I'm not griping here, as I know there is usually satisifaction in resolving problems and recovering the database if required yada yada yada.

Sean :)

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