Engineers' Jobs Debated in Poll

Light Reading poll weighs up the pros and cons of engineers working for vendors rather than carriers

November 10, 2003

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Engineers' Jobs Debated in Poll

A couple of recent defections of engineers from carriers to vendors raises questions over why engineers might want to make such a move (see Luca's First Day at Cisco ).

Early responses to Light Reading's November Poll on the topic suggest the following:

Why shift to a vendor?

  • More money. One third of respondents say engineers earn up to 25 percent more when working for vendors rather than carriers. A further third say they earn 25 to 100 percent more. Nobody says engineers earn less when working for vendors.

  • More to get your teeth into. Nearly two thirds of respondents say engineers working for vendors have a more interesting job.

    Why stick with a carrier?

  • More influence. 78 percent of respondents think engineers carry more weight when they work for carriers.

  • Easier life. Two thirds of respondents say it's tougher working for vendors than carriers.

  • More job security. 89 percent of respondents say you're less likely to lose your job when working for a carrier. The flip side of this is that it's harder to get a job with a carrier in the first place.

    To give your view on this topic, and to see the latest results in detail, click on this link.

    — Peter Heywood, Founding Editor, Light Reading

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