It is a tough thing to advise another guy on cause we all have our different ideas. I know this EEI quite well cause a buddy of mine is there. They got their $hit together and they are in growth mode. It offers room to advance. I would think because of the money they do have and the amount of work they have ongoing, the situation seems to me that security of work would be more safe.
Small shops are good, but they can get tight when it's slow and the boss usually is not the greatest in dealing with that kind of stress. All hell breaks loose and every one is on pins and needles.
Better thn any of this. We ALL should just encourage otto to focus in on his work and his own quest to become the best he can be, whether that is in how he deals with people, polotics, technical expertise ect, so he may not need to worry about the loss of another job.
Otto says he parted this last shop due to amicable differences, but I also suspect he is in a little soul searching mood too thinking that, he just needs to get on somewhere, focus in on what he does and not try to get to engrossed in all the other crap that goes on in every shop.