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  • Senior Management
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Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  San Jose, CA
Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

Pros

The best thing about working for Cisco might just be that you if you are a competent and productive engineer, you have quite a bit of flexibility in defining your role and your contribution level. If you are really gunning for promotions, look for a good group, find a niche, take on roles that are difficult or un-wanted, and work your rear end off. If you want to coast and balance your time between work and other interests, then find a steady group, manage your time well, and you can stay safe in your job with just about 40 hours of work a week... and you might have the flexibility to telecommute or work from home.

Cons

There is one other danger I must mention. This applies even in 'good' groups. There is a tendency at Cisco to just keep loading you with more and more responsibilities until you actually stand up and say enough. If this is an interesting job, you might find that you are spending more time on work than you had originally planned, at the expense of family, friends, etc. So decide for yourself how much you want to work and what your goals are. And then be prepared to work with your management to define the appropriate role.
No one will come and ask you what you want at Cisco. You have to decide that for yourself, and then communicate it to your management.
Also, if you do end up in a bad situation, be prepared to make an honest assessment of the situation and leave. No one likes to quit, but if you end up staying 5 or 6 years without fair rewards, you will find yourself falling well behind people who were your peers when you started... and this is really not a good experience.”

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Frugality is great, but do consider spending a little more on rewarding empolyees, defining incentives, and team-building. Help change employee demographic over a period of time, so that there are more younger people. Right now there are too many senior people in the company.
Provide better tools and resources for employees to play career growth and development over the mid- to long- term.

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Other reviews for Cisco Systems India

  1.  

    Good work life balance, flexible work hours, minimal politics, decent pay

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer IV  in  Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer IV in Bangalore (India)

    Pros

    Great work from home facility
    Good benefits;
       - Stock purchase plan
       - car lease plan
    Easier to showcase your abilities to broader audience beyond immediate management
    Good opportunities to network and work with other teams beyond immediate peers

    Cons

    Pay lower than top players in industry
    Very high variation in caliber of people from different teams
    The quality of work highly dependent on the team you land up in
    Can be very process oriented

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring compensation up to industry standards
    Allow teams greater flexibility in choosing their own tools and processes

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great ambience and awesome oppurtunities

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Network Consulting Engineer  in  Cochin (India)
    Current Employee - Network Consulting Engineer in Cochin (India)

    Pros

    Ambience, work culture, shifts, Timely salary

    Cons

    Politics, travel distance, performance appraisal is low, increments are hard to get,

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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