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The best place to work ever!

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  • Senior Management
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  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Senior Program Manager  in  Feltham, England
Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Feltham, England

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

Pros

Excellent salary, benefits and potential to exceed, both financially and personally. Chance to work with some of the brightest, most intelligent people I've ever come across in a 25+ year career. Opportunity, in my particular role, to travel the world and meet/see new people and cultures. Excellent employer in terms of corporate responsibility and "giving back".

Cons

Regrettably, some management are still getting hired into positions because of the old boys/girls network and not on their actual merits.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Pay close attention to the senior leadership team (director level) and really question what value they are adding and whether they are just figureheads doing nothing whilst the team below them are really the stars of the show. In my experience/opinion Cisco is still "top heavy", especially at a "theater" level.

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Positive Outlook
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    Great technology, complacent mid-management

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer  in  London, England
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in London, England

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

    Pros

    Great technical specialists.
    Lots of people with tons of experience.
    In general people are willing to help/work together.
    Good/Great technology that moves in more or less right direction.
    Flexible work option.
    Brand name.

    Cons

    Mid-management is getting increasingly politicized (at least in sales). No one really knows what they do.
    Visibility is valued over capability, in other words you need to beat your drum relentlessly to advance.
    As a result, a lot of good people leaving for a change.
    Company is getting old, not enough young people.
    More and more people that sort of hide in the shades.
    For a network industry leader is pretty bad with product/solution demonstration resources.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fix the mid-management.
    Listen to what individual contributors are saying.
    Stop chasing the consumer market.
    Marketing is too "corporate". More substance - less water.
    Sell through demo, not power-point.
    Hire youth.

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    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Company acquired by Cisco, then most of us were not made welcome

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Cisco has tremendous Brand strength and recognition
    Cisco has great integrity with Employees, and with Customers
    Excellent people here and there among a generally weak

    Cons

    Leadership weaknesses at mid-level
    Excellent people below Management-level paid below market, unless in Sales
    Not much commitment to key employees at acquired companies
    Some long-term Management has been promoted above their competence level

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Eliminate the weak Managers - regardless of how long they have been employed by the Company.
    Make room at senior level for more incoming talent from Cisco acquisitions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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