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One of the best place to work

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  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Contractor - Business Analyst in San Jose, CA (US)
Current Contractor - Business Analyst in San Jose, CA (US)

I have been working at Cisco Systems as a contractor (more than 3 years)

Pros

Good Management, Flexible work schedule.

Cons

Too many managers Takes time to adapt to new technology

Recommends
Positive Outlook

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Loved my job, hated the politics

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Terrific technology, access to company information via intranet is incomparable, a place where I could push the envelope and develop my own role - to a point.

    Cons

    The political manipulations of management are horrific; nothing inclusive about that. And largely it's for self benefit, not for the good of the firm. Amazed that the senior leaders can't see this or if they do, address it. Lots of very good people left disillusioned, depressed, and leaving the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Query attrition rates with the relevant managers. Do an employee sat. survey and ACT on the results.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    A generally decent company which makes lots of $ and is wealthy, but treats employees as if it were poor.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC (US)

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good compensation package. Financially stable. Wide range of products and many internal opportunities. Engineering has talented people and can still generate a new product or enhance existing product quickly. Money not a problem (available) when needed to fix customer issues or accelerate engineering to achieve a market window.

    Cons

    Benefits have been trimmed continuously (for years) on a regular basis. Bureaucracy increasing. Too much infrastructure has been outsourced (i.e. benefits, payroll, HR). Visibility (top down and bottom up) into the "business" (specifically from Engineering) decreasing. Business Units have too much control to design/market product or acquire companies with "non core-value". Specifically, consumer products with no profit margin (linksys, video cameras). Commodity (i.e. data storage, tablets) with huge established players (NetApp, EMC, Apple - more).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cisco is still top heavy. Employees saw last years measure to reduce director, upper and exec management as a joke. Stay focused on our core expertise - switching and routing. Spare NO EXPENSE to keep or acquire the talent to maintain that lead. Marketing is not listening to Engineering when it comes to quality and even viability of products. Cius was a fiasco. Upper management does not seem to be listening to Engineering or is keeping key people "in the dark" while products are considered. Wall Street hates Cisco--Get used to it. Chicken-shit like "saving 45 million by forcing employees to take PTO" is NOT going to raise the stock price and is just another example of a rich company whipping the employees in the name of frugality, while NOT having done the needful like trimming upper mgmt. Too much variability in the BUs and too little Exec Control to NOT have non-viable/profitable product.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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