Pros: very compelling purpose to work - life safety, challenge of multiple data centers and a need for true 24 x 7
Cons: overly politicized environment for such a small organization, issues with insufficient resources and mismanaged priorities
. Strongly count the cost if you're a SQL Server DBA. There's been 6-7 of them pass through in the last few years and two have left in the April 2014.
After two significant reduction in forces over the past few years that may have cut the workforce in half, it appears the staff is significantly affected. Not only is there a significant lack of resources, these cut really affected morale. This may explain a level of insecurity that drives IT management to work against one another.
There is perpetually a concern for being sold, which common place across the industry. This leads to additional cutbacks, which drive more concern.
I suspect some number of those who remain will likely be making a way toward a door, soon. There is someone leaving from a relatively small IT department every month or so. Whether staying within the industry or moving onto new endeavors each will likely find an organization more appreciative of their talents, readily able to recognize and reward them.
I partnered with two guys in NJ work tirelessly for 12, 14, 16 hour days during the 2 weeks of hurricane Sandy in 2013. While I was safe in Dallas, these two had to deal with the aftermath of damage to their homes while working to keep the platforms running. These are the HEROES of P1, not the top salesman for Q3.
Those in the the decision maker role are sufficiently insulated from the discord that is so prevalent, because there is such attention given to accounts, contractors and sales.