I must say I've never worked with any 3d programs before, let along 3dMax, but was forced to do it and I've learnt a lot in just three weeks. I can only say that you should give it a try. If you don't like it then don't, as this is all to your own preferences. Also, Maya is (I'd say) really good for organism etc., but not really for buildings.
Speaking out of experience professionals gave me. Take it, ignore it. Up to you. Good luck with it and have fun.