Re: How do Oracle DBA's look or behave like when they reach their golden years?

From: Dba DBA <>
Date: Wed, 2 Apr 2014 13:10:11 -0400
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I heard from a friend that there was a DBA we both used to work with who left the business and became a farmer. DBA is a stressful job, not sure Farmer is less stressful, but more power to him.

I have another friend who is about 70 now and is retiring. He moved to Tennessee and talk his 'last job before retirement' down there about 7-8 years ago). He had his retirement house built right in the woods. He worked for the forest service when he was younger and it was his favorite job. Talked about it all the time. He enjoys being in the woods.

Technical jobs in general are more transferrable than management jobs. Meaning its easier to switch them if your not happy where you are or there are layoffs, etc... Management has alot more stress. You only see how much stress your managers are under when they are bad managers. I have seen managers curse their boss to a group of technical people (we actually all sided with him and didn't blame him), I have seen managers tell me they hate their jobs.

The good managers have just as much pressure, but we don't see it since they hide it from the staff so we don't feel the stress. They are like shock absorbers. I don't want to be a shock absorber. Now the advantage to mangement is that you can move up. But its a pyramid. Every level management has ALOT less people. Geting out of first level management is not easy. We often make more money than our first level managers (had managers complain about this). The big increases in compensation only come at 2nd level management and usually 3rd level management. These are jobs are VERY competitive. They often have low turnover. Higher turnover only comes at companies that fire lots of managers(been places where we had management musical cheers cause they kept getting fired.. was rather annoying).

Up to you. People can move up, but its alot more stress AND its super competitive to get out of the first level management which is where the big compensation increases come. On top of that most companies only hire managers with 10+ years experience. So your basically stuck with your company for the next 10 years. There is alot more stress when you can't go somewhere else.

On Tue, Apr 1, 2014 at 12:23 PM, Ray Stell <> wrote:

> On Apr 1, 2014, at 11:52 AM, <> wrote:
> Honestly, I think I experienced the nadir of management back in 2001 so
> things don't bother me that much anymore.
> You're an expert:
> What day is it?

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