Actually I have to disagree with your first post, Shawn.
Necros are as good as eles though and better at some tasks.
But my ele can certainly hold her own as well. The necro is more durable in most situations, but if I time my attunement switches right with the ele, I can last as long or longer even while being swarmed by foes in the Orr zones.
(I can only speak for pve and wvw though - I've not played either necro or ele in spvp or tpvp.)