Monday, August 22, 2005

Being a CCIE is not easy

Being a CCIE means...
- You have to carry a very high expectation on your shoulder just because 'E' stands for Expert
- You pass CCIE in Routing & Switching but people expect you to know everything from cabling, wireless, ip telephony, optical, MPLS, security, QOS, etc
- You may have a cool job title but you still have to mount devices, doing project, presales, giving training, troubleshoot, consulting regardless of your title
- People think you get very high $$ salary
- You become the last resort of troubleshooting, when everybody give up they give the console to you
- You open a case with Cisco TAC asking for help, just to find out the engineer assigned to your case knows the problem less than you
- You order a CCIE shirt from Cisco and the shipping cost is !@#$%^&*) more expensive than the shirt itself
- When you complete a marvelous task, they say: "well you are a CCIE, it should be easy for you" and when you don't perform well they say: "how come CCIE can't do this simple task?"
- You try to explain the problem to non-technical boss and he says
"man, stop nagging!"


Anonymous said...

Wah wah wah, this happens with everyone technical. If you read management or business books with as great gusto as you do the Cisco books, you wouldn't feel this strongly about these things.

Anonymous said...

jejejejeje... i recently passed my ccie and everything you mentioned here applies 100% to me... even you wrote this some years ago... btw any advice for me?, i mean i started to work as a consultant one month ago because of $$ but in this new job i dont do troubleshooting and of course i missed it... so what would you recommend to go for... double ccie, any masters, cissp??


dulciepiatt said...

Hello, I do not agree with the previous commentator - not so simple In principle, a good happen, support the views of the author

niteside said...

NO NO NO! Anonymous this is not the case with everyone technical!!! Many positions have the luxury of doing only what they are "supposed" to do. I am also a CCIE and when I "cant" do Java programming or crap like that I am frowned upon....because I am "supposed" to know everything. Btw, I live in Cape Town, South Africa, and managers around here think A+ and CCIE are the same thing. LOL!! Himawan, you are 100% correct my friend! Best wishes!