Our DBA Team is viewed as more of a support desk than Subject Matter Experts. There is not a platform to be a positive influence on architectural decisions.
Project pace is too fast and DBA-related work is not accounted for (backups, monitoring, data retention, etc)
Co-workers are great.
Management doesn't get it; too focused on looking good to their bosses.
Hardest part of the job is having to put out fires due to inadequate project planning. Constantly putting out fires, which keeps me from process improvements and technological advancements.
No technical track or opportunities.
The most enjoyable part of the job *WAS* having a flexible work schedule. New regime expects physical attendance despite after-hours work.