Cisco Systems Engineering Manager Interview Questions

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    Engineering Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  San Jose, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Jose, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a day - interviewed at Cisco Systems in July 2011.

    Interview Details

    Phone Interview lasted 30 minutes

    Interview Questions
    • What are the things you would do as a manager of a global team to work together cohesively?   View Answer
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Engineering Program Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Research Triangle Park, NC
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 days - interviewed at Cisco Systems in June 2011.

    Interview Details

    Having worked at Cisco for around 12 years, I left a few years ago to pursue other opportunities including a start-up. Currently out of work, in this tough job market and I saw this great opportunity working with the government unit there. First of all, some background on this organization. They don't hire any non-whites into management roles there or program management roles, and most of the people working there are white boys and white girls. Some things don't change here in the south. My previous attempts to get into this organization failed for reasons they wouldn't disclose. One manager mentioned I have tremendous technical skills but lacked knowledge of a particular secret government security protocol. I asked him what it was. He told me it was classified. HaHa!
    Here is another aspect to almost everyone's career. You evolve as a professional. IN my case, I began with QA, then became a test team lead, then started project leading. I have also done QA management. So I walked into this interview, armed with Cisco background, tons of project management experience, sound technical knowledge, and experience with product certifications. Right away they started assuming that I would not be happy in the PM role because I had a technical background. I spent the next 3 hours trying to convince everyone I interviewed with that the engineering skills would enhance my ability to do a better job. I explained the PM tools I have used, PLC, reporting tools, project planning etc. This is the same organization that would not give me a chance to interview for a test management position which I am qualified to do as well. What gives?
    Of course, I wasn't chosen. It looks like more of the same at Cisco. Narrow-minded, boxed in approach, bunch of robots just following each other.

    Interview Questions
    • What is the toughest challenge faced you faced during a project   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
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    Engineering Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  San Jose, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Jose, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 1+ week - interviewed at Cisco Systems in May 2011.

    Interview Details

    Pretty typical, resume, phone interview, in person interview, call back, offer/negotiation.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me about your prior experience in the networking business.   View Answer
    • What challenges have you overcome that have made you successful in your prior experience?   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    it was typical and fair.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Systems Engineering Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ months - interviewed at Cisco Systems.

    Interview Details

    Expect a minimum of five interviews for any position in the company. The process is very competitive. If you are interviewing for an engineering position in Cisco Services, you had better have spent a considerable amount of time studying your routing and switching. If you put something on your resume, your experience had better be deep.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    Reasonable.
    Accepted Offer
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    Senior Engineering Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 5 days - interviewed at Cisco Systems in May 2010.

    Interview Details

    Good process. Great interview panelists with good knowledge of the domain and the industry. Several struck as people who have been rotting too long in the same positions. The senior director I spoke to was to "high level" as if technology were for the mere coolies and like he was above it all.

    Interview Questions
    • How would you segment the service provider space by networking technology needs?   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Engineering Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    The process took a day - interviewed at Cisco Systems in October 2009.

    Interview Details

    Applied through the company website but also forwarded the resume directly to the HR recruiter. (I got the name of the recruiter from a contact within the company). This was a phone screen with the recruiter and had the typical questions about why you left your company, how many people you managed, etc. This is used to determine if you will be presented to the hiring manager. The recruiter was willing to share where I stood with the competition.

    Interview Questions
    • What have been doing during this time (of unemployment)?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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