Salary survey: Storage pros’ pay still on the rise


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The time of their lives

In 2011, survey participants were squarely focused on that most valuable of resources: time. Whether it was the speed at which projects get completed, the hours spent on documentation or red tape -- or too many hours spent in a car and too few at the dinner table -- respondents were made happy or unhappy depending on how much control they had over their time.

Long hours, long commutes and projects with elusive end dates were all reasons for job dissatisfaction. Working at home, the satisfaction in meeting deadlines and seeing results, and the ability to work fast without a lot of higher ups having to sign off on every move were all named as reasons to appreciate their current positions.

Three Reasons to Rave

“The diversity of the technology I get to work with.”

“Being allowed to move on with [projects] 90% of the time.”

“Relaxed environment and lots of flexibility.”

Three Reasons to Rant

“No official work-from-home policy.”

“Lack of communication between levels of management.”

“Dealing with people that have unreasonable expectations.”


Smart peers and respect from the business side of the company go a long way.


Business leaders who undervalue storage and budget cuts continue to plague storage pros. Work-life balance helps ease the pain.

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“It’s a great place to work. It’s not often that I miss the kids’ soccer games.”

BIO: Ellen O’Brien is the Executive Editor for the and websites.

This was first published in November 2011

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