The experiences above all tend to be about being over worked and under resourced. How about being under worked?
It may sound nice not to have a whip cracking above your head but very slowly you go mad. In my last role with a major mobile operator in the UK they refused to invest in any networking equipment what so ever. As a result I ended up living on eternal promises of increased budget and investiment in new hardware whilst maintaining the end of life kit in our DC's. Life was attending design meetings only to be told that some no face manager in bigger office had refused to invest. As a result my working day was to process ad hoc access requests and surfing facebook.
And all the while you aren't using the skills you developed. You're not honing new skills, not developing new solutions, not keeping you exitsing skills sharp.
I got out as soon as it became apparent that the reason for the lack of investment was that the management had been arguing for years on whether to out source the operations. At that point I decided to leave, and leave them to their fate...
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