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Excellent internship experience

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Former Employee - College Intern in San Jose, CA (US)
Former Employee - College Intern in San Jose, CA (US)

I worked at Cisco Systems as an intern (less than an year)

Pros

Great company, very knowledgeable peers from top universities, work is good, good compensation and you learn a lot. Flexibility and work/life balance is unmatched. Free movie tickets, tickets to amusement park, free frequent lunches, great gym, free train pass, lot of intern events with free food, pays for your tuition, San Jose a good place to live. College grads like me these days wants to work for more recent brands like Google, facebook, linkedin, twitter but companies like CISCO and others who have been there from decades are great places to start your career.

Cons

Since its a big organization, promotions and increments are not very frequent and can take time. But again, if you are talented and hardworking, you will get promotions and increments for sure.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Give more challenging work and dont let people sit ideal

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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    A place lacking in innovation, full of cultural nepotism.

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA (US)

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good company benefits, decent salary. Allowed telecommuting.

    Cons

    The management and culture is just poisonous. They have no culture of innovation or risk taking. The development team is just focused on short term gains. As an engineer I was bored out of my mind porting crappy work from other divisions that were favored even though more than once we have developed a better solution. Five years later they relented and let us rework that project to produce better reliability. But it was after the issues that caused them to lose customers. I worked in a BU that was managed by one culture and unless you went to the same temple and were part of that dynasty you were passed up for promotions and good projects. They cleaned up some house since 2009 but the same issues take place that I discussed earlier. I can tell the issues I raised still remain to this day when I interview unhappy Cisco engineers that sound defeated and frustrated and want to work elsewhere.

    My sign should have been when we could not attract college grads to join. I have to say I learned very little as a development engineer in the 10+ years I worked there. I did learn a lot about networking however.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You seriously need to clean up house, and hire entrepreneuring engineers and allow them to take risk. Otherwise you will continue to lose your edge and attract rest and vest attitudes that will just bring the company down.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Value Company that still thinks it's in growth phase

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    Former Employee - Director in San Jose, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Director in San Jose, CA (US)

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    There are a lot of very smart people at Cisco still. The company has built an amazing infrastructure that allows work to be done very smoothly. The linkages between functions is mature and well thought out, like the partnership with HR, the support from IT, etc. Cisco still has a great business, which means it has enough money to fund efforts so that they can be done right rather than shoe-stringing things together and not getting the outcomes that are possible.

    Cons

    There are a lot of people at Cisco today that are managing their careers rather than their business. The environment has become much more political after 2001 and you have to be careful of people's intent. One of the more interesting cultural outgrowths of the increased politicization is that people are reluctant or unwilling to help others. They are intensely focused on promoting and positioning themselves without concern for growing and building teams and peers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would strongly recommend that the leadership start looking at what the culture has become. Empowerment has been eroded and accountability is not very strong. Frankly, the data being used in everything from business cases to outcomes has become so suspect at the company that it's difficult to have confidence in any decisions being made.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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