Annual performance review time at this company has come and gone, and one database admin pilot fish who’s at the bottom of the IT-shop pecking order has reached the end of his rope.
“I got a really bad review with zero raise,” sighs fish. “It was obvious that, despite me being hired as a database developer, they expected me to become proficient in C# so I could work on the front-end programming, like all the other developers.
“I updated my resume and alerted a couple of recruiters that I was looking.
“A week later, I showed up for work in a suit and tie. ‘What’s with the tie? You got an interview?’ my co-workers all joked.
“Yes, I told them. I walked a few blocks down the street to an interview for a straight Oracle DBA position that looked like a good fit for me.
“The senior developer who did all the hiring interviews gave me a PL/SQL test that he had written. The test examples were so poorly designed, I was compelled to rewrite them rigorously, not just making the one or two changes in lines of code that the test was written to expect from a junior-level developer.
“I got the job — and put in my two-week notice at the old job that day.”
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