There are 2 forces applied to the new hire: being new and being fresh.
"Low man on the totem pole" really has some meaning to me now. There hasn't really been any explicit manifestaions from my coworkers about this... but I'm pretty sure everyone is thinking it (or maybe I'm just paranoid). "He's the new kid, don't give him anything you don't want to be massacred." But, I think that also might have to do with DBAs being pretty careful. I'm not that experienced, and they've worked hard getting this database up and running... now they don't want anything bad to happen to it.
But, I'm also fresh out of college, and everyone thinks I'm really cool (far-fetched, I know, but nonetheless). Everyone wants to work with me, to see what I'm like or something. One of the nicest guys I've ever met (and it just so happens, that his stepson was an intern with me last year) brought me into a project where I won't actually be doing DBA work (in the Boeing-sense), I'll be doing Data Architecture.... or in normal-people-words: data modeling. Most of the people that I talk to in the halls ask me if I have enough work. And, I finally do. This is pretty cool.
On a side note, I've gotten several emails and comments from people saying that they're coming to intern or work at Boeing this summer, and they like reading this site because it gives them some firsthand knowledge of working at Boeing. Suckers... I don't really know anything... I make up most of the content here. So... if you're going to be an intern, you might just get to meet me in real life, because I might be a teacher for the "intern class." Basically all the interns from Seattle (or Everett) get together and hangout for 4 hours, and people who have interesting jobs come and tell us about their jobs. And sometimes you get to play Boeing Trivia. My team rocked everyone last year... we won by some ridiculous margin (A: Good at Trivia. Q: Who is Adam).
Everyone at Boeing is on some wacky internal clock, where "start time" is 7:30 or earlier, so I gotta get to bed. Adios Chitlins.