RE: Question about time accounting at your work

From: Milen Kulev <>
Date: Fri, 18 Sep 2009 22:50:49 +0200
Message-ID: <003001ca38a1$b4b91900$1e2b4b00$_at_net>

Hallo Chris,

yes, I have been on several customer sites where I have seen management was requesting to fill in time-sheets in order to

  1. get rough information who is doing what and when
  2. get an overview how much time(aka money) a project costs

The issue with "not visible enough" usually pops up after one asks for salary raise ;)

If other departments are billed for DBA services, then there should be a scope, quantity and quality of services defined.

If this is not the case, discuss it with your manager. Do you use a ticketing system ? Request from other departments to get a ticket for everything you do for them. Thus you will always have a proof what and when you have done for each department.  

HTH. Milen    

From: [] On Behalf Of Taylor, Chris David
Sent: Freitag, 18. September 2009 22:28
To: ''
Subject: Question about time accounting at your work  

Ok fellow full-time employee DBAs I have a question. (Not for contractors :)  

How many of you use project accounting at your place of work. Where every hour has to be accounted for against projects, or maintenance or some other code?  

I was basically told I'm not "visible enough" --- this is 1 year after receiving a ton of awards and accolades for solving a problem at one of our sister companies. Now it "appears" that my value to the company is being questioned. I imagine questions like "What does he do all day?" are being asked.  

Usually I lump database support into 1 group, and patches/maintenance into another group and performance tuning into a 3rd group. Now, I'm goign to have to start micromanaging my hours. I work for an internal IT department at a large corporation. I think we bill the other departments for services, but not sure.  

Anyone else have to deal with this?  

Chris Taylor

Sr. Oracle DBA

Ingram Barge Company

Nashville, TN 37205

Office: 615-517-3355

Cell: 615-354-4799


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