ISC2 really didn't learn their lesson about managing expectations from the last time the endorsement queue ballooned up.
I read on another site that someone received an endorsement today, 7 weeks and 3 days after their application was submitted - 4 weeks was always a pipe dream!
Wow I called about two weeks ago and they told me the wait time was 5-6 weeks. However I think that when the timeline balloons up like this they should send people updates on their endorsement status because of the fact that they sent out emails stating it would take 4 weeks. Meaning approximately every week after that 4 week email they should send something stating where you are in the queue and approximately how much longer you will have until official or something along the lines of "your endorsement application is still under review we thank you for your patience". I submitted my endorsement on May 4th so I have just passed the 6 week mark. I also find it strange that theirs is 4 weeks to begin with when CISM's process takes about 2 weeks.
Patience is a virtue as they say!
The integrity of the upright guides them,
but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity.
The vast bulk of the time is spent just waiting to get to the front of the queue!
In terms of CISM versus CISSP endorsement times... I suspect these say something about the number of people studying for and passing the respective certification exams.
To give you an idea of the difference we can look at the member counts compared with how long the certifications have been around:
The CISSP was launched in 1994 and there are now 136,428 CISSPs.
The CISM was launched in 2002 and there are now 27,000+ CISMs.
Then you have to factor in all of the people studying for and passing the other ISC2 certifications as well, as they all go into a single endorsement queue.
I don't know anything about ISACA's queuing system but as they have fewer certifications (4 vs 9) even if they also run a single queue, given all of the above, it's fair to say it will be shorter.
EDIT: I completely agree there should be a way of viewing your application's progress - it would take away some of the frustration if you could see things were at least moving along.