I'm sure this question gets asked all the time, and I know the answer is certification with experience is worth more than experience and certif. without experience is almost worthless.
I have a bad taste about certs because I got into networking with an MCSE that cost a lot and ended up being worthless. I now have 10 years experience, all routing and (some) switching. It's been several years since I've done any BGP or ATM LANE but I have done a lot of stuff - including SNA/DLSw ISDN etc. I run a fairly big hub and spoke cisco network right now but it doesn't require super-fancy configuration. I've been interviewing and so on, yet i'm still wondering, is it worth it to get certified? Obviously tacking on a CCNP would be better than not having it. But then again, CCNP wasn't on the Global Knowledge top 10 that popped in my email the other day, even if CCIE was. and, to my ire, the MCSE is now #1.
So it appears I'm bad at timing the market. While I think I'm qualified to go after CCIE as I'm sure I've explored some obscurities many CCIE's never did in the real world before or even after getting it, I just don't have the time to devote to it right now.
I could probably swing the CCNP, time wise, but I'll have hell to pay to my wife if it doesn't translate into something :) So, does anyone have any good insights on the current value of the CCNP routing and switching?
Another thought was, has anyone tried taking the CCIE written and holding the lab tentative? I've seen employers looking for the "CCIE written" even though it's not a cert.
So if anyone out there with experience has a story about how the CCNP makes a difference, I'm interested.