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Cisco Systems CEO Chuck Robbins
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185 Ratings
  • This is a big big company - gone are the days of the "smallest large company you could know"

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    Current Employee - Software Technical Lead in Boxborough, MA
    Current Employee - Software Technical Lead in Boxborough, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
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    When I started at Cisco the corporate culture was all based on the premise of independent, small groups working furiously to move the company forward. I recall Chambers referring to this culture with a statement that went something along the lines of "Cisco is the largest startup around". There certainly were drawbacks to such an approach - mostly around the costs - but on balance this system worked. Cisco was a great and dynamic place to work, filled with folks who were enthusiastic about their work, excited about the future, and ready to sacrifice for a place they felt cared about their welfare. This is no longer the case. Cisco has morphed over the years into a large corporate hierarchy filled with the same political intrigues and maneuvering that plague other companies of this size. Gone is the sense that the employee matters; gone is the willingness to sacrifice; gone is the sense that the company as a whole is united. But this doesn't necessarily make Cisco a bad place to work - it's just not particularly exciting or different from other large corporate behemoth's. Nowadays, people don't come to Cisco to find groups bubbling with excitement, they come to Cisco for the stability of a large, entrenched, and healthy company with a solid compensation system. If you're comfortable with a silo'd environment, where you keep your head down and do what's asked of you than Cisco may be a good fit.


    This is a large company - with large company politics, management, and stifling red-tape overhead. It can be a stable place to work, but be careful to attach yourself to projects that are focused on the corporate development plan. Failure to follow this advice will place you square in the sights for their bi-annual layoff's.

    Advice to Management

    Work to regain the spark - break huge development teams up into small hyper functional blocks, Incentivize the employee's again with financial benefits, restart annual pay raises.

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