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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Cisco, the has been company.

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    Former Employee - Technical Marketing Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Marketing Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Cisco Systems (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The smell of really amazing Chinese and Indian food in the break rooms.

    Cons

    Classic Management Dysfuction at the top and all the way down to the 1st line managers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of John Chambers and all his cronies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    CISCO warning. might cancel contract unexpectedly.

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    Former Contractor - Contractor Senior Developer in San Jose, CA
    Former Contractor - Contractor Senior Developer in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Cisco Systems as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    no pros. half-empty office. but we had one meeting room. If there were meetings we moving to another meeting room or sitting at the hallway till the end of the meeting

    Cons

    - low rates. I was impressed by name and agreed to $15 lower then market rate to participate in R&D team. It was terrible. I passed 4 rounds of interview and did 1700 miles to move.
    - there was a team consisted mostly of interns! Holly crap it was nothing about R&D they have urgent delivery of a project done mostly by interns! Here was already one consulter babysitting kids and I have to do the same.
    - in 4 days they terminated contract, right before Christmas holidays.
    - Be aware of scams. The CISCO brand name is nothing for ones worked for them.

  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    No real innovation. Lack of visionary leaders. Lots of politics in the upper management.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    Could have flexible work schedule after you've been worked for a while there.

    Cons

    Doing the same thing over and over. Some people are overly aggressive.

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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Current employee

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    good benefits, good work life balance

    Cons

    constant layoffs, every year, scary

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    join the real world

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 5 people found this helpful  

    Stockholm syndrome

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    None really, except that you have a weekly paycheck.

    Cons

    Don't believe what any one says. After 30 years, Cisco is a cesspool. No one can be trusted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    After cashing in your massive RSU's, get the hell out of town.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 5 people found this helpful  

    Will throw their 'family' to the street.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cisco Systems (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    It's all good. Over 15 yrs worth of good stuff. Then in a heartbeat, they throw you out for no good reason.

    Cons

    Exec leadership doesn't have a clue.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look yourselves in the mirror, then resign.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Downhill spiral

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, Stocks (ESPP) not stocks in general

    Cons

    With the new leadership and mass layoffs that happen at Cisco, its not surprising that everyone in Engineer is leaving for better pasture. Over the past 6 months the changes and re-orgs that have happened has made the working environment worse then ever. Employees such as myself have been put in rolls that best suited for Jr/Interns as the management debacle continues without clear vision as to where Cisco wants to go. Management in their infamous wisdom, did NOT take into account the skill sets of engineers before randomly place them in rolls not suited for their talents and skill sets. Now you have hundreds (if not thousands) of unhappy engineers looking elsewhere for jobs. On top of this, Cisco has decided (not to say out loud) but hints on "working from home" not viable for most employees! I use to consider this one of the big pluses here! With 90% of the workforce commuting its not to be able to take one day a week to work from home, but now even that is being taken away. Instead of making the company the innovative and great culture to work in, the new management is turning Cisco to another sweat shop working everyone to death! Its a sad day when one of the best companies to work for has gone this far downhill!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Add more diversity into the executive management board. Look out for your employees - they are what keeps the wheels turning. At this rate the best engineers will be working for other companies leaving Cisco with mediocre talent, producing mediocre products! Wake up and smell the coffee! Make a new assessment of the working environment and meeting with your employees and find out if they are happy!!! You can't expect employees to be happy if they aren't!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 6 people found this helpful  

    It's Indian Ghetto

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    Former Employee - Software QA Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Software QA Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time

    Pros

    Easy going atmosphere.
    If you aim at being mediocre without being spotted, this is the place for you.

    Cons

    It is not an American company. It is the Ghetto of the screwed up Indians. 80% of engineering workforce is mediocre Indian engineers. Everyone is old and married has kids and stuff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You all should be fired.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 6 people found this helpful  

    Do you really want to work here?

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    Former Employee - Technical Leader I
    Former Employee - Technical Leader I

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

    Pros

    Old glory of networking protocol patents and acquisitions (of IP) is pretty impressive

    Cons

    This is by far the worst place I have worked. I have been in silicon valley for 2 decades and worked at many places. Joined Cisco recognizing it will be a great place. Hardly. Not sure if only my Manager but he was a jerk. The communication between groups & within groups is awful. There are many cliques and if you fit into one of them, it does not matter what you do - you will move ahead. The source code is not shared between groups - meaning you have no access to the source code or their design documents of the group you are working with. You can get it through unofficial channels through acquaintances. Remember cliques. Many details are kept secret and internal management conflicts are too much. The management in many cases is unethical and force you to work on weekends. Hire cheap labor from abroad and ask you to train them. This is the only place where I noticed the Manager expects the outgoing person to work until his/her last day. Above all, the technology they are working with is dated is not worth staying here for anything. Unless you can't find a job anywhere else.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Who cares any more.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 6 people found this helpful  

    J.Chambers has relinquished his responsibilities to the India gangs

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    Current Employee - Senior Position in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Position in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Not much to say today. It used to be awesome.

    Cons

    Indian gangs run the engineering teams for the most part starting from the very top. If you are part of the right Indian sect you can make VP if not good luck. You can look forward to constant re-organizations as the gangs consolidate power and even eat their own young.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Time for new blood. Get the gangs out.

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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