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Best company to work for

Discussion in 'Employment & Jobs' started by mightywha, Oct 11, 2010.

  1. mightywha

    mightywha New Member

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    I had a "discussion" with my better half over who is the best company to work for as a Network Administrator. This is because I am due to take the CCNA in November and would then be looking to apply for positions in this field. (Currently I am working in a 1st line position for a leading ISP). Now I'm sure that there is no easy answer to this question but it did get me thinking. If I were able to generate a positive thread, then it could assist me in setting my target for who I eventually want to work for.

    So if you have any really positive experiences of working in a Network Admin type role, then I would really like to hear from you.

    My argument was that the field is vast and varied with multiple vendors, ISP's, job roles etc. Her point was that she aimed to work for the best and did so.

    Thanks in advance for any feedback.

    Gaz
     
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  2. westernkings

    westernkings Gigabyte Poster

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    If there were a "Best" employer, we would all be forcing our selves through the door. The truth is, employers are variable, some are "prime" but the job satisfaction and envrionment is terrible. I worked for a leader in Hosting for a total of 3 days before I walked out. In your theory, being a leader in that field should have meant it was an amazing oppurtunity to be in.

    Go by each on their pros and cons, look at what the job day to day is like and so on. As a network admin? frankly, any company regardless of specialisation could be good for you.
     
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  3. LukeP

    LukeP Gigabyte Poster

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    Not meant to be negative but:

    1st Line Support + CCNA != Network Admin


    More like a Network Technician or Engineer (if you're lucky, skilled and can sell yourself)

    Good luck though!
     
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  4. dazza786

    dazza786 Megabyte Poster

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    Depends what his current role deems as 1st line support, really.
    A friend of mine was '1st line for an ISP' and was on CCNP level :blink
     
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  5. LukeP

    LukeP Gigabyte Poster

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    That's true. If that's the case OP, please accept my apologies.
     
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  6. michael78

    michael78 Terabyte Poster

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    To be honest it's not a case of best company but best manager as a good/bad manager has more effect on you than the company you work for in my opinion.
     
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  7. jk2447

    jk2447 Petabyte Poster Moderator

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    I reckon Network Admin for the playboy mansion would be right up there.....
     
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  8. Josiahb

    Josiahb Gigabyte Poster

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    ^This^

    Although I haven't had that many roles yet in my life I'd take good manager in a ****e company over ****e manager in a good one.

    Although for that job I wouldn't really care much about the quality of management....
     
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  9. mightywha

    mightywha New Member

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    Hmmmm....thanks for the response. I don't think its really what I had in mind - but maybe its the way in which I presented the question.

    Back to the drawing board me thinks before posting again.
     
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  10. Josiahb

    Josiahb Gigabyte Poster

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    I think you may have this problem no matter how you word the question, 'best' is a very subjective term in this case and peoples responses will reflect this. People assess their employers in different ways so any review of a good or bad employer is a real case of YMMV.
     
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  11. mightywha

    mightywha New Member

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    Yes, point taken. I was looking to be proactive and clearly didn't think it through.
    Thanks anyways.
     
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  12. Shinigami

    Shinigami Megabyte Poster

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    Yup, very subjective. For example, developing network appliances at Cisco might be rewarding, whilst doing helpdesk support on Windows at Google might not (if you get my gist).

    Different companies will cater to different types of people based on their interests, and this is one of the most important factors for me to decide on why a company is great to work for.

    I've worked in companies that paid very well, but the work atmosphere was dreadful. I've worked in companies where the friendly people I conversed with everyday made it worth working there even though the products that company sold didn't really interest me at all.

    And so on... and so on...
     
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