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Current Employee - Operations Director  in  Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
Current Employee - Operations Director in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)

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

Pros

Empowerment, technology state of art, best of breed in its segment, tools to balance professional and personal life

Cons

Frugality everywhere, challenge to prepare people to become leaders

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Take care of people

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Approves of CEO

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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    Cico Has A Broken Engineering Organization

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    Former Employee - Software Engineering Manager  in  San Jose, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Manager in San Jose, CA (US)

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Cisco is a pretty good spot to land if you're coming to Silicon Valley from somewhere else.

    Cons

    Cisco's engineering organization runs on nepotism. The performance reviews happen in reverse: The management decides whom they want to move up, then they give those folks the choice assignments, and at review time everyone declares success and enacts what was predetermined. Any failure to execute is obfuscated so it doesn't impede the process. Cisco's engineering is a giant grinder where the movement of the people up and down is what's important and the products are just a sausage coming out of the side. If you want to do engineering work I'd suggest looking elsewhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on engineering excellence and build a cult of personality around the software developer like has been done so successfully at Google and Facebook. Make internal product development be driven by rapid prototyping instead of by Powerpoint.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Cisco is not good for technical people

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    Current Employee - Technical Leader  in  San Jose, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Technical Leader in San Jose, CA (US)

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    very experienced in business, sales dominant culture
    competitive compensation, good benefits

    Cons

    Too many managers. All things follow all kinds of strict process, lacking of flexibility and can't keep top talent in some situations. Managers don't spend time on figuring out who make great contributions to the company, instead, they put most of their time on political things. People who gets promotion usually aren't a result of how much contribution he/she made, sometimes it is purely because his/her managers win in a political war...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    cut at least 50% management people, treat people better who really work on projects

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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