Cisco Systems
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Updated Jun 30, 2014
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Cisco Systems Chairman & CEO John T. Chambers

John T. Chambers

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    Bittersweet

    Operations Manager (Current Employee)
    San Jose, CA

    ProsFlexible work schedule. Still some terrific folks around, despite the politicians' best efforts to eradicate the few free-thinkers left.

    ConsThose of us who have been around longer than 10 years remember Cisco as a cutting-edge environment. Agile and young, we used to make smart, strategic decisions. Smart acquisitions. It used to be fun. We're going on nearly a decade of indecisive leadership, unreasonable changes, lack of strategy, and all our decisions seem to be based on politics. It feels as though we've lost our competitive edge in the market and employees across the company are feeling its de-motivating effects. Pulse scores are low, opportunity is low, morale is low.

    Advice to Senior ManagementOur leaders need to take some serious and real measures to re-evaluate the direction of the company. They may not realize how lackluster the environment has become. Trim the fat at the top and middle of the company. We have too many chiefs and too many people trying to squeeze into chief hats that there's nobody left to think and work. Who's planning the strategy?

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

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    Waste Only 3 Years of Your Life Here

    Network Engineer (Current Employee)
    San Jose, CA

    ProsI honestly cant think of any...... Any perks that used to be available are now gone.

    ConsYou will have a good starting salary but dont expect to get yearly raises. Very soon you will realize your salary lag behind the open market. Stack Evaluations are the name of the game here. Too much bureaucracy here. Company is NOT a fun place to work nor is it productive.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFind new jobs... Go pollute other companies... Laying off engineers is not productive... start firing managers and services sales folk. Adjust salaries of existing engineers(managment is spoiled enough)...

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

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    Once a great company but now it's all about personal greed

    Senior Financial Analyst (Former Employee)
    San Jose, CA

    ProsPay OK, benefits good. Pockets of highly qualified and ethical people.

    ConsThe latest craze is to centralize everything, officially to promote quicker execution on the turnaround but everyone knows it's to save cost. As a result you now have concentrations of power emerging with little room for diversity of ideas.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIn the next layoff, aim your cuts a little higher up the food chain and you may see some positive results. And tell the ones left that they actually have to deliver something not just cut cost.

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

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    You really don't want to work here for a long time

    Program Manager (Current Employee)
    Dallas, TX

    ProsCisco had some good medical benefits, but they went away. They had a good stock option plan, but that went to the mangers and the senior leadership team. They had a good stock grant plan when you got promoted, but that is all under water and can't remember when I had a promotion in 7 years.

    ConsIt's like reality TV, let's have another re-org to protect the management or give someone more people to build their empire. To many Directors who produce nothing. There are managers who have no reports to manage. It's not what you know or do, it's how much your boss enjoys your company. Cisco would make an excellent Survival TV show. Or maybe not, no one would belive the nonsense that goes on here.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFire the CEO and the BOARD. Start over and clean house. Stop outsourcing common sense and good judgement! Hire more Americans.

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

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    Not really worth.

    Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    San Jose, CA

    ProsGood compensation & benefits if you have an upper hand.

    ConsOnce you have accepted the offer & joined, it is quite difficult to move up or get appreciated, unless you are good at kiss a** to succeed.

    Lot of engineers with mediocre talent perhaps the budget dictates the quality of people. Bureaucracy & process bogs down everything. First skill you should need is politics and how to derail others work.

    Cisco internal Pulse employee survey meant to get candid feedback about their boss / management & Cisco. But it is one big phony trick, you will forced to give a positive feedback abt boss & senior management, if not you will have to face the same consequence on performance review, because the management will indirectly warm you that they have a mechanism to identify what the individuals response are.

    We are developing a product for past 4-5 years under the excuse that the customers absolutely rely on it for their day to day network operations, but in fact there is only a handful of actual users using the system out of 1000's of projected users, and we haven't even added any net new features for more than past 2 years with 20+ team just doing bug fixes, because the code & standards are so poor. There is not much respect/value for engineering, which leads to high attrition, it is like a revolving door. I have seen more than 25 people come join & leave in my team alone...

    Decided its time to move on..

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Culture has eroded systematically over the years - now its just another big company

    Manager, Advanced Services (Former Employee)
    Englewood, CO

    ProsGood benefits, good health care package

    ConsHR is pathetic and inept
    Salaries are not that good
    Promotion is basically a popularity context
    Fairness to employees isn't really valued
    Always focused on the next shiny object and not on running the core business
    Too sales focused and they no longer really care about customers or what they want and need

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    not good

    Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    San Jose, CA

    Prosstable job in tough economy

    Constoo much politics that employees are not empowered to do anything

    Advice to Senior ManagementCisco should seriously so something about their employees who are loyal enough to stick around. The new guys are making 20K-30K more then old cisco ppl. This is why Cisco is witnessing huge attrition

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    there are better working environment than Cisco; move onto some where else

    Senior Software Engineer (Former Employee)
    San Jose, CA

    ProsLogo looks good ONLY, nothing else

    Constoo much process; too much politic; you don't need to perform your job just show off !!

    Advice to Senior Managementyour first / second line managers need to do their job not just push down to engineers

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    All vision, no execution. Leadership is lost at sea.

    Systems Engineer (Former Employee)
    San Jose, CA

    ProsGreat pay with awesome benefits. Tons of highly motivated and highly qualified technical teams. Get to design the most expensive, most complicated systems imaginable and actually see them deployed.

    ConsManagement is hostile towards technology. The less technical you are the higher you can rise in the ranks. Engineers and technical individual contributors are second class citizens whose recommendations are largely ignored, then are cut when management's revisions fall flat. Zero accountability of any kind for decision makers.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCut the growing middle management tumor from the organization. Governance models need to be flattened extensively as messaging and direction takes months to reach individual contributors. Intangible/immeasurable metrics are pervasive and easily gamed, allowing advancement purely based on who kisses the most ass.

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    Not so much of a dream place anymore

    Technical Leader (Former Employee)
    San Jose, CA

    Pros* Working from home available with most managers

    Cons* Promotions/recognitions happens to small circle of 'insiders'. Even though this might be case in many other companies, in cisco - the criteria/condition needed to getting in that circle is neither clear nor transparent.
    * Absolutely clueless management - Engineering as well as Personnel wise. Both middle (sr. mgr) and upper middle (director/vp)
    * salary increase - Forget about getting even an inflation adjustment. Effectively, your salary (in real terms) keeps reducing.
    * Huge crowd in which you will get lost. Diversity Issue.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNone

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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