Another bump! Job Title: Still Data Engineer, but this time it actually means Data Engineer, not just "SQL Server developer with a pretentious job title" Salary: £noice Worth it?: Hell yes. I moved from my last place because they couldn't organise a pissup in a brewery and they were turning the role into something I was emphatically not interested in. The technology here - at least from a DB point of view, I'm not really qualified to talk about web/backend stuff - is miles ahead of the competition. Automation and CI/CD pipelines are in place and pretty much everything uses them. For a database developer that is a totally alien concept: my weapon of choice is SQL Server Management Studio, not Visual Studio & Azure DevOps! My targets for this year are basically enough to warrant a promotion to a senior dev position, and management are fully behind it because they're the ones pushing me for it. The new starter experience was a little... rocky... to say the least though. Lots of the existing stuff that's in place relies on institutional knowledge, so it's not really the sort of thing that can be easily taught - you have to live it to learn it and there's a lot of infrastructure to learn... I'll be badgering people to help me understand things for a while yet. In business terms, things are progressing very well indeed. In my last place I was on an employee engagement committee; in one of those meetings, I recall our CEO saying that he's always been a salesman but in the 20 years he'd been running that company he'd never hit a single target. Where I am now, however, the business was already exceeding targets and then went on to exceed the stretch target at year-end. I've been here about 7 months now and in that time I've spoken to the CEO maybe two or three times, every time she knew my name and knew what I do here. I don't think I met the CEO even once in my last place. The difference is night and day. I also did get a pay rise this year; it's not quite the £4K pay rise I had in my last job, but it's well above average and makes a tangible difference to my net pay every month. But I also got a bonus for last year, despite only having been there for half of the year, and if personal & business target are met this year then that bonus amount will double. Leaving that big equine bank was one of the best things I've ever done for my career. In the two and a half years since I left, my annual salary, excl. benefits & bonuses, has gone up by nearly £10,000. I don't often think about it but when put into that kind of context... that's ****ing mental.