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  1. Cisco is a good company for a fresh college grad to learn quickly about the industry.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Marketing Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Marketing Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Learn a lot in a short amount of time.

    Cons

    There are a lot of employees that have been at Cisco for a long time and are set for life due to stocks. Some (not all) of these employees now contribute nothing to the company and are just milking it. This makes work difficult for the rest of their team members who are helpless to do anything about it.

    Advice to Management

    Review performance policies and manage the bottom five percent out. Remove workers that contribute nothing to the company.


  2. Good place to work if you have a family

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good Benefits, Competitive work environment

    Cons

    Far too big and bureaucratic to provide real growth opportunities, Lots of old timer biding time being non-productive.

    Advice to Management

    Creating a vision is not sufficient, good employees need motivation and clear path to career progression for them to succeed


  3. Good stable job

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern
    Former Employee - Intern
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities to learn new things and meet people with wide range of interests, Learn about cutting edge technologies (Cisco is market leader in many of these industries), Professional growth opportunities (training, classes, conferences), Rewarded for patent ideas, People are very smart and driven, Business units have team events/socials/celebrations to boost morale, Security of a big company with many resources, Open to new ideas/work styles that are collaborative workpaces, Down-to-earth culture, Pretty good food, Great location in CA, Good relocation package, Can meet lots of interesting people as an intern

    Cons

    Hard to move up the ladder, Hard to know what is going on in other aspects of the business

    Advice to Management

    Better intern opportunties


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  5. Great place to work, play, live and learn!

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Operations Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Business Operations Manager in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to work - you have the power to make the best of what you do. As with any other workplace, make sure you have the "right" manager - makes all the difference in the world.

    Cons

    Can be so engrossing that it sucks you in

    Advice to Management

    You do an excellent job in communicating company strategy - put more focus on operational discipline - be willing to make the tough decsions.


  6. Helpful (1)

    he's a sales guy at heart

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Director in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    fair pay, reasonable hours, on iste gym, cafes, etc. there are pockets of good people and some very productive teams. you just have to find them

    Cons

    sexist (toward women), leadership isn't the best and brightest, colleagues aren't always straight forward and there tends to be a fair amount of passive-agressive behavior

    Advice to Management

    provide more high level strategic direction. seems confused as to where company is heading


  7. Well established but boring.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Cisco Choice Program is great for full time hires. However, as an intern you really won't get much "choice". You do get PTO at the same rate as full times which is a nice perk.

    Cons

    Very much a large company. Bogged down by bureaucracy, multiple versions, protocol. Can be very frustrating. Also not a very exciting place to work for people under 30.

    Advice to Management

    ..


  8. Helpful (2)

    Silos stifle work

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay, with some nice benefits, like a good remote access policy, free drinks, good cafeteria.

    Cons

    Cisco acquires all their companies. This creates "silos" where each company is still closely nit and not interacting with the rest of Cisco. This is commonplace, even among acquisitions that took play over a decade ago. It's hard, as an outsider to these groups, to get information out of them. Management needs to force their hands. Cooperation is not what it should be, even among people in the same department. Many employees have a view that if you can't do your work, it makes them look better.

    Advice to Management

    Fix the silos.


  9. Good company but needs to do more to retain employees

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Cisco pays pretty well in comparison to other companies in the area. The work schedule is flexible in a sense that you can work from home and come in at whatever time you want as long as you get work done. Managers will usually allow you to take PTO whenever you want. Cisco is a big and stable company so job security is better than most.

    Cons

    1) Career advancement is slow 2) No annual salary increases

    Advice to Management

    Don't let Cisco become a boring company


  10. Great place to work, but gets boring really fast.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Hardware Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Hardware Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Large bonuses, intellegent people, and open communication. They are completely understanding when you need time off. Not to mention they pay pretty well

    Cons

    It is a static company, they have 80% marketshare and they are not going anywhere soon. Yes, this means they have money, but it also means that everyone there is all too comfortable working there. This really is not the place to be if you're passionate about engineering or marketing. There is also a large age gap since they have just recently begun tapping the college graduates.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good job


  11. Cisco is a great place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible work environment and good benefits. This company is changing the world! There are many opportunities and ways to contribute to the success of this company. The salary is very good, and Cisco still pays a bonus (for now). Stock options were once plentiful but are now becoming less common. Good medical, dental, and vision benefits but there is a copay (typical). No pension but there is a 401k plan that Cisco matches to a certain percentage.

    Cons

    Sometimes long hours. Sometimes parts of the business are cut and the people are to find their own next job. However the support to find a new job is very good.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure that your accomplishments matter to your customer. Get visibility.


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