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  • I'm currently working on my Exchange 2007 certifications and would like to get Exchange 2010 and all other Exchange certifications in the future as well. I would like to do it because I like the technology and love to work with it on a daily basis. However, I can't help to think that Cisco engineers are making more money than Exchange guys. For you guys that have been working with Exchange for a while, what kept you liking Exchange versus a career with Cisco where you could get paid a lot more? Thanks.
    Monday, April 23, 2012 6:23 PM

Answers

  • On Tue, 24 Apr 2012 00:50:29 +0000, Jose Rebellon, MCP, MCTS wrote:
     
    >Rich,
    >
    > Let's say you're only 28, would you make the switch over to Cisco?
     
    I'd suppose that depends on where your interests lie and what your
    goals are. I'm neither a career counselor nor a seer. You could invest
    a ton of money and time into something and not wind up being very good
    at it.
     
    ---
    Rich Matheisen
    MCSE+I, Exchange MVP
     

    --- Rich Matheisen MCSE+I, Exchange MVP
    • Proposed as answer by Fiona_Liao Tuesday, April 24, 2012 6:45 AM
    • Marked as answer by Fiona_Liao Thursday, May 3, 2012 8:13 AM
    Tuesday, April 24, 2012 2:09 AM

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  • On Mon, 23 Apr 2012 18:23:03 +0000, Jose Rebellon, MCP, MCTS wrote:
     
    >I'm currently working on my Exchange 2007 certifications and would like to get Exchange 2010 and all other Exchange certifications in the future as well. I would like to do it because I like the technology and love to work with it on a daily basis. However, I can't help to think that Cisco engineers are making more money than Exchange guys. For you guys that have been working with Exchange for a while, what kept you liking Exchange versus a career with Cisco where you could get paid a lot more? Thanks.
     
    Age.
     
    ---
    Rich Matheisen
    MCSE+I, Exchange MVP
     

    --- Rich Matheisen MCSE+I, Exchange MVP
    Monday, April 23, 2012 9:49 PM
  • Rich,

          Can you expand on your answer. Thanks.

    Monday, April 23, 2012 10:23 PM
  • On Mon, 23 Apr 2012 22:23:34 +0000, Jose Rebellon, MCP, MCTS wrote:
     
    > Can you expand on your answer. Thanks.
     
    I'm too close to retirement.
     
    ---
    Rich Matheisen
    MCSE+I, Exchange MVP
     

    --- Rich Matheisen MCSE+I, Exchange MVP
    Monday, April 23, 2012 11:56 PM
  • Rich,

         Let's say you're only 28, would you make the switch over to Cisco?

    Tuesday, April 24, 2012 12:50 AM
  • On Tue, 24 Apr 2012 00:50:29 +0000, Jose Rebellon, MCP, MCTS wrote:
     
    >Rich,
    >
    > Let's say you're only 28, would you make the switch over to Cisco?
     
    I'd suppose that depends on where your interests lie and what your
    goals are. I'm neither a career counselor nor a seer. You could invest
    a ton of money and time into something and not wind up being very good
    at it.
     
    ---
    Rich Matheisen
    MCSE+I, Exchange MVP
     

    --- Rich Matheisen MCSE+I, Exchange MVP
    • Proposed as answer by Fiona_Liao Tuesday, April 24, 2012 6:45 AM
    • Marked as answer by Fiona_Liao Thursday, May 3, 2012 8:13 AM
    Tuesday, April 24, 2012 2:09 AM
  • I've never been trained on Cisco before. Here at work, I just started reading books, then configuring switches, routers, then FW. I'm actually loving it. Bought my Cisco equipment which I'll soon setup my Exchange lab with 2 forest with 2 domains in each forest.
    Tuesday, April 24, 2012 11:54 AM
  • Cisco Eng make more than Exch guys, those days are long gone.  It depends on a number of factors like the country you're in, the sector, emploter etc... I've worked with Cisco Engs and for the last 6 years, (not that I;ve been following it) Exch guys have been paid more than Cisco guys at a general admin level.

    It depends on roles you peform in each area.


    Sukh

    Tuesday, April 24, 2012 12:15 PM
  • Top Cisco engineers could make up to 160K or even 300K on contractual jobs. I have never seen that on Exchange guys.
    Tuesday, April 24, 2012 12:29 PM
  • Which currency is that?


    Sukh

    Tuesday, April 24, 2012 12:31 PM
  • US Dollars.
    Tuesday, April 24, 2012 12:43 PM
  • Sukh828,

              Your profile states your a Microsoft partner. How hard is it to start a Microsoft technology company?

    Tuesday, April 24, 2012 1:01 PM
  • Like I said before, it depends on country to country.  Countries where I have worked it's different.

    10 years ago yes, Cisco was the game to be in, now if you ask a Cisco Eng who's been in the game say 15+ years it's not the same, yes there are rare examples, but the majority is not the case.


    Sukh

    Tuesday, April 24, 2012 1:08 PM
  • Sukh828,

      What country do you work in?

    Tuesday, April 24, 2012 1:09 PM