The big downfall of the job is the hours. At a small college, it's usually a one-person shop, which means you cover EVERYTHING. I find myself working 60-80 hours constantly. There have been weeks were it has been less, but for the most part I still find myself well over 60 because of the nature of the job, which means working from home at night. Coverage of your teams is out there, sometimes you have to work to find it.
Some of the biggest perks of the job include watching sports for a living. You help out the student-athletes because you are promoting them non-stop for academic and athletic purposes. You sometimes get to travel to cool places. I have been to Florida several times for spring break games and even Las Vegas for a tournament. One of the other cool things is helping out other SIDs. During the 2006 NCAA Division I men's basketball tournament, I served on the statistics crew at The Palace at Auburn Hills. Front row seats to the NCAA tourney!