Cisco Systems
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Cisco Systems Reviews

Updated Jun 30, 2014
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3.5 4,527 reviews

                             

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Cisco Systems Chairman & CEO John T. Chambers

John T. Chambers

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    No US growth, driving out its best people

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsWe used to have free drinks. Now they have free out-placing service when they offshore your job to China or India. I guess it is a plus that you get to spend a lot of time training your offshore replacement before they let you go.

    ConsToo many to name. They are so big, they move like a dinosaur. Chambers says we are family. I would hate to be one of his kids.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire new management.

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    Engineers Stay Away

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Pros800 pound gorilla in the networking industry.
    Involved in almost every aspect of communications.
    Opportunities to be involved in full product development life cycle involving almost any imaginable communications technology.
    Top performers compensated well above normal market rates.

    ConsHasn't had competent top level engineering management since 2007.
    Complete chaos in engineering across all product lines.
    Fierce internal executive rivalries and frequent engineering executive shuffling make it very difficult to successfully complement projects.
    Company completes only a small number of the numerous of engineering projects it starts.
    Business units are littered with un-dead zombie projects that have undergone multiple direction changes and leadership changes.
    Cisco's new product development life cycle now generally exceeds technology life cycles. It takes so long to develop products that the product technology is obsolete when the product ships.
    Everything aspect of engineering possible is being out-sourced without out regard to the impact on quality, efficiency, and ROI.
    Cisco treats its engineers like farm animals.

    Advice to Senior Management1. It is all about leadership. Crack open the Cisco cash hoard and spend whatever it takes buy competent engineering executives to fix your internal problems.

    2. Get better at engineering outsourcing or stop doing it. Current efforts are failing and destroying quality.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    File years of nightmare at cisco

    (Former Employee)
    San Jose, CA

    ProsAt least, you have a job

    Cons"Cisco used to be a good company but now not anymore". I hared about this from so many current-ciscos and ex-ciscos. It is absolutely true from my years of experience at NMTG, which is the worst BU at cisco. Another saying is what cisco can do is acquiring companies as cisco itself cannot build anything. There are numeric examples about the products through acquisition failed later like the camera. Some of them would be market pearl If not run by cisco. I sometime ask people why the company occupied so much talents but making so much junks never delivered to customers.
    Now, the company is less and less competitive to Juniper, F5, HP, especially Huawei, which would be a terminator of cisco if no protection from the US government. There are so many factors to mar the company:prevalent unfairness, nepotism, incompetence, arbitrariness and rigid layer. All of these formed a huge manacle for creativeness and innovation.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNot only always support your managers but listen to employees, who designed and made real products. Connect employee's feedback for managers to the manager's performance rating and bonus. Pay more attention to the manager's practice and conduct because "an incapable soldier may lose his life, but an incapable officer may lose a battle". What the one-on-one, agile and all of other formalism are craps. Naive management rely on some methodology like agile, which can only hurt both the productivity and creativeness as it is so rigid, unintuitive, self-contradiction, task-forced, mechanical, static, time consuming and software developer unfriendly. The very infamous bottom-10 or bottom-5 forced distribution encourage cut-throat competition, which usually apportion to some really good employees, who just work, work and work but don't know how to make boss happy, put truth in the feedback to managers or not good at visualizing themselves or just be easier to bully. The classification formed a bottom layer of disadvantaged groups who spent a lot of time to appeal, and rejected, and then angry, felt unfair and undeserved as well as unbacked. Those are really bad cancers of cisco. That is why cisco's stock is always bearish.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Cico Has A Broken Engineering Organization

    Software Engineering Manager (Former Employee)
    San Jose, CA

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

    ConsCisco'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 Senior ManagementFocus 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    It's like the Army with a decent paycheck

    Senior Manager (Former Employee)
    Santa Clara, CA

    ProsYour paycheck didn't bounce even during the worst of the last recession.

    ConsYou could remove 5 of the top 6 layers of management and no one would notice, except things would get done. Hopeless groups of managers having meetings about having meetings.

    Advice to Senior Managementnext time you do layoffs start at the top down and you might get somewhere.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Pretty lame place to work

    Network Engineer (Current Employee)
    San Jose, CA

    ProsWhat pros? Come on, everyone I work with wants to leave. Some are actively looking outside the company. Let me see if I can think of a Pro.......pay...sucks.....management.....sucks, nope no Pros.

    ConsSee above. But let me elaborate. Stocks suck. Company does not have a clue or identity any longer. Management in my team seems extremely distracted, even during my 1:1. Clueless is a good word to use. My annual evaluation was just a repeat of everything I used for my goals, nothing of substance, no personal assessment. Just lame. How fast can I get out of here! Help.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet a new job that you actually care about. Your lack of caring, concern and ethics is very transparent!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Morale is Poor. Most want to jump ship.

    Program Manager (Current Employee)
    San Jose, CA

    ProsThere are no Pro's in working here. Unless you are waiting for the retirement package

    ConsSome of the dumbest people work here. Morale is ruined by the yearly and then now the monthly layoffs. Management are good liars. They are good at rationalizing their mistakes. Once you lose trust, it is impossible to get it back.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep lying and talk down to your employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    The Slow Bleed Has Become a Hemorrhage

    Director (Current Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsThere are still some talented people left, but most are actively seeking employment elsewhere

    ConsStock options are no longer issued.

    Cisco has no formal management training program--and it shows. Sales management consists of a bunch of idiots who are just political mafia players--very short on talent, high on themselves. They treat their people so poorly that it is beyond me how Cisco can end up on anyone's "Best Companies" list.

    Pay used to be above market rate, but is now sub par. Engineers are poorly paid, and sales goals are now very much unattainable from year-to-year. Cisco is managing compensation via unattainable goaling.

    Annual layoffs have absolutely demoralized the company. The rank and file sales and engineering teams now worry EVERY DAY about looking good rather than doing the right thing for the customer. It is a sad state of affairs.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRead last month's article about Microsoft which appeared in Vanity Fair (http://www.vanityfair.com/business/2012/08/microsoft-lost-mojo-steve-ballmer)

    You could substitute "Cisco" for "Microsoft" about 90% of the time.

    Cisco needs new leadership at all levels. It needs to invest in its employees. It needs to quit laying people off. It needs to quit wasting money on horrible acquisitions like Jetcell, Okena, and Tandberg--and it needs to get rid of Chambers and his band of buffoons on the board.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Bait and Switch

    Project Manager (Current Employee)
    Research Triangle Park, NC

    ProsIntelligent, motivated and interesting colleagues
    Flexible work location if your manager is fine with working from home

    ConsIf I didn't know better I would think that the primary purpose of Cisco was to produce PowerPoint presentations
    The offices are dirty and filled with broken down sticky, dusty furniture
    They keep temps on for years in permanent positions, basically breaking the social contract that full-time professional employees will be covered by health insurance (essentially outsourcing health care costs)
    Extreme work schedules and I state this coming from a background in Investment Banking, vacations are basically spent working

    Advice to Senior ManagementBring in some youthful energy . Switch the focus to creative vision and away from consolidating and downsizing.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Big difference over past 8 years

    Senior Manager (Current Employee)
    San Jose, CA

    ProsSalaries are good, smart people, enclaves of creative product development. Core team of talented good people who care about the company and their direct reports.

    ConsCompany doesnt know where it wants to grow, so it is focusing on growing by cutting costs, outsourcing, acquiring new companies and implementing vague new strategies. The CEO is disengaged and not able to convey a mission statement to line employees. Cisco is going through a major brajn drain of creative talent and becoming the new Nortel.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop listening to management consultants who tell you to stop innovating and start cutting. Thats the sign of a conservative dying business. Too much money is invested in process metrics and not enough in product innovation. Senior management does not take responsibility for creating products the market needs. When management creates unpopular products line employees are fired, consulting companiies like Bain infest the workplace and senior management is shifted in one of the endless alphabet soup reorgs that have little to do eith making money and much to do with promoting fiefdoms. This place is weird now, like a John Le Carre novel. How does that type of culture translate to increased customer satisfaction and sales?

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