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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    if you want a good paycheck

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Operations Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Business Operations Manager in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    profitable sure and great technology. great benefits helps. work/life balance with possibility to work from home, supported by collaborating tools.

    Cons

    declining....not a market leader but mediocre follower. lousy execution hidden behind smoking mirrors. too many management layers and even worse, poor management (decisions).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    change - top management has been with the company too long and lost touch with changing markets.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Too many subcontractors and vendors, no accountability

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - IT Project Manager in Milpitas, CA
    Current Contractor - IT Project Manager in Milpitas, CA

    I have been working at Cisco Systems as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible work/life balance due to the remote work environment

    Cons

    There are too many sub-contractors/vendors and the employees don't do much so there's no real accountability or ownership. In short there are way too many people doing duplicate work and no work at all. There is no innovation on the IT side and it's surprising how behind the systems are for a Silicon Valley IT company.
    This company is political and employees/subcontractors that should be let go are protected from layoffs.
    No one seems to be able to keep up with email or respond yet people complain about the amount of meetings...if you don't like meetings then why not respond to an email.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The CIO really needs to hire one vendor to do the Oracle IT project which will force accountability and communication from one source. This would cut the cost tremendously because I don't think upper management realizes how over-staffed some teams are and how little people they actually need to do the work currently being done.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Worst company culture ever!

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    Former Intern - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Intern - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    No one will notice if you don't get any work done as long as you're in by 10 and out by 5.

    Cons

    Zero growth, zero work culture. Had things stolen from my desk repeatedly and microwave was beyond usable because people don't have proper kitchen etiquette. They literally give no snacks/drinks for free. Everyone's satisfied with their comfortable, stagnant jobs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall solid technology company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Sales driven technology company with deep pockets and expansive product line

    Cons

    Too focused on quarterly results and bloated product lines that overlap and don't integrate well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to return to entrepreneurial and innovative culture by bringing in new leadership from the outside to tear down the silos. Also need to set realistic sales goals both internally and to the street and return the focus on its strengths - stop trying to be everything to everyone.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Get it in writing

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good weather in california
    can work from home
    choose a large department and reduce your chances of getting laid off due to stack ranking or doing much for that matter.

    Cons

    management cant deliver on promises and they make a lot of them
    if you are desperate enough to work csco get whatever is offered to you in writing by a VP because anything else will not be honored. HR will tell you they didn't have authority or that the situation changed.
    Hugely political. Need to be social for recognition.
    No one is willing to make a decision so meeting size keeps getting bigger. You will have the same meeting again when everyone can bring their manager to make the decision. And if they do dial in, they will have to get back to you, which they wont.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    What are you thinking? Don't be so arrogant, talk to your employees not just lip service. You could do a much better job - hold your peers accountable - you don't have enough lawyers if all the shenanigans are exposed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Looking more like Agnews every day - not a place for logic or hard work

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Operations Manager
    Former Employee - Operations Manager

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time

    Pros

    Lots of nice people and you can make some great friends if you make a little effort. People are lonely and disillusioned so they're lost their drive to reach out. Ranks up through Sr. Mgr have tremendous amount of knowledge and innovative solutions - just no point in articulating them to anyone since red tape and not invented here or the fact that you don't have title makes your idea worthless and invisible.

    Cons

    No growth
    Absurd career policy - can only take another job at your grade no matter what it is posted at.
    If you're lucky enough to succeed at demanding a promotion after your employee w/no experience are earning $20k more than you, it could be a cashless promo - meaning a grade change but no base pay raise. You will be dependent on the multiplier your manager of the day gives you for a bonus to see any more cash. Managers get tiny buckets for incentives and they have to make the math work so for everyone that gets something someone has to go negative - creates lovely teamwork, can't trust anyone and there will be a point that you will have to choose between what's right and what's your told to do. Be prepared and it will be career limiting.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's not a game of who dies with the most toys - it's peoples lives, health, goodwill, intelligence, children, family and living conditions you're toying with. No wonder the insurance cost, even with Cisco's subsidy, is more than the open market for employees. I pay less for my insurance on open market for my family since I left by a few hundred and less out of pocket, imagine that?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Completely incompetent and oblivious management

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Milpitas, CA

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good work/life balance. Bonuses were reasonably good until this year.

    Cons

    When on the same week the company announces a layoff of 5000 employees, you also have the CEO reporting record compensation for himself, it tends to affect motivation within. Cisco has a tendency of putting or promoting under-qualified individuals in key roles. At this point I feel the company is in an irreversible downward spiral. Many executives are jumping ship in the face of Software Defined Networking and the disruption it represents to Cisco's fat margins on its core product line.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get realistic about what is occurring and shake up senior management and the board. Stop relying on the army of foreign workers for innovation as well.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Boring but stable company, horrible HR

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    Former Employee - Vice President in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Vice President in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Cisco is not going away anytime soon. The products are still the plumbing of the internet, regardless of recent marketing campaigns which emphasize other investments. The compensation structure is still competitive out of necessity.

    Cons

    HR is a complete mess and it has impacted the business. Cisco's current talent has become old and stale which is hurting innovation. Cisco is the technology industry version of the the guy that you went to high school with who was the homecoming king and starting QB who dated the prettiest girls in 1999. Now he is just an average guy in his 30's who is overweight (Revenue per employee) and is trying to buy his youth back with plastic surgery (M&A).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Replace HR leadership.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Looks good on resume if you can take the job long enough to keep it on a resume

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Network Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Network Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people, contributors or non management are usually pretty helpful and great people to work with. You will need this to grow, not get a raise or higher position in the company, but just to grow as an individual. Employees teach each other, all do it yourself style. Not much as far as a how to internally. Work from home, that is a huge plus, but also grants yourself to working longer hours.

    Cons

    Basically no pay raises. Very hard to get yourself put out there as a great contributor. Usually receive a new manager 1 to 2 months before the yearly review which could give you a raise. Easiest way to say, sorry I dont know how good/bad you are, so no raise this year, again. Tired of always working late and hard work being input and nothing getting out. Looking for a new position in another company. Beware if you request a raise too much with the recent yearly employee head chopping, your head will be on the block pretty quickly. Not enough internal communication is given to employees. Too much money spent on buying new companies when Senior Management turn around, fire 4,000 people and say its to keep our stock holders happy. Funny thing is all full time employees are basically stock holders, so who is really supposed to be the happy ones? Yearly survey is sent out, nothing really done with the bad parts, all meetings skip those questions. Too many meetings about things that have nothing to do with your actual work. Example: IT meeting, all hands. All IT must attend. Basically 2 hours talking about how sales is doing and how the cisco.com home page was created. If you work in the NW team, and never deal with that, it was a wasted 2 hours basically.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work towards a goal that internal employees can actually see. Stop pushing all these re-orgs after Cisco buys various companies that get sold 2 years later. Acquasitions are usually supposed to help a company not just bring in more employees that can be easily laid off later. Instead of buying a company to get rid of the competition, create something that will help push Cisco higher. The switch/router industry is seeing a major change and I doubt the present Cisco model is ready for it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Quickly becoming a dinosaur

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Vice President/General Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Vice President/General Manager in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    some pockets of innovation - but few and far between

    Cons

    slow to transition from largely command line interface products to consumption based mobile cloud business outcomes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get current, take some risk, and stop overpaying sr execs who do little or nothing

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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