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The best place to work ever!

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • 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 (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
Approves of CEO

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    Well run business, however your experience will by and large be dictated your manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

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

    Pros

    Great brand name and experience you can later leverage.

    Cons

    Easy to get lost and the best performers aren't always noticed. It's not what you know but who you know kid!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's simple, people managers should be people that 1) have an interest in managing and leading and 2) are good at it, i.e. they have the requisite people and soft skills to do the job effectively.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Network Consulting Engineer

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    Former Employee - Network Consulting Engineer in London, England
    Former Employee - Network Consulting Engineer in London, England

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good name to have on your CV, good career growth if you have a director who will help you - and you arent in a technical support role (TS).

    Cons

    Career growth is slow, pay rises are tough, and there are a lot of people who are "chaff", who are just riding it out for the pension after joining pre 2000 and enjoying the perks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make people move around, having people in the same job for 15 years makes new blood impossible to attract (and retain).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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