You are, of course, asking a rather subjective question. One man's meat is another man's poison, etc. Having said that, it would be interesting to get a dialog going on this subject, so I will start it.
I have been using EE since the early days as well, and have built quite a few sites using both 1.x and 2.x My overall opinion of the technology and the company is that both are mediocre at best. Doesn't really suck, but neither does it shine. Having said that, I am not aware of anything that is so much better (for my needs) that I am ready to jump ship. I am currently building a site using Craft, which looks to have real promise, but it is still early days.
The platform is reasonably stable, but seems way overpriced given it's capabilities and the lack of support, unless you want to pay an additional $49 a month! There are many incredibly frustrating things that seem completely out of line for a $300 piece of software - absolutely crap WYSIWYG editor (for clients), horrid image management, hellish membership management, having to jump through hoops to create common SEO metadata, and amateurish documentation. Most of the items on the complaint list can be addressed with add-ons,but that drives up the cost considerably and you can easily end up spending $500 to $600, plus incur the burden of dealing with multiple vendors for stuff that should be part of the base application.
I won't even get into the frustration with EE's confounding template parsing issues that will have you ripping out your hair and wasting huge amounts of time.
Addressing your question - if I were in your situation I would definitely look elsewhere.