Cisco Systems
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5 people found this helpful  

Politics over performance, career advancement non-existant, top-heavy management

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Cisco Systems

ProsCo-workers were always great. Management left much to be desired.
Some new technology explored but that depended on which group you worked in.

ConsAdvancement based on politics and not on performance. 5-10% of workforce routinely let go based on annual forced ranking (you ended up higher in ranking if you were friendlier with decision makers -- individual performance didn't matter). Managers never subjected (fired) based on the 5-10% ranking.

Advice to Senior ManagementManagement needs to severely trim middle and upper managers who fit one of the following: have no reports, were promoted based on Peter principle or who they knew, or are incompetent (based on poor team performance).

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Cisco has out sourced it's culture and now we're out sourcing our common sense and good judgement

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Pros: Large company, still recognized as good branding on your resume. Work life balance is ok. Pay is ok, but not competitive… Cons: Cisco is in a constant Limited Restructure (Lay off) mode. When a group fails at a project the leadership moves to another group… Advice to Senior Management: The market says it well, Cisco is dead in the waters. We are the laughing stock of San Jose as well as Wall… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend More

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Company needs to intensify focus on quality, innovation, execution

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I have been working at Cisco Systems


Pros: There are many great individuals at Cisco with great ideas and a desire to excel in every way. They are not in any single… Cons: Cisco has a very muddled mgmt structure and lacks clear focus or execution to deliver new technologies. Constantly slipping schedules, Product teams are… Advice to Senior Management: Churn and burn mentality has to stop. Develop people, Management needs to spend… Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend More

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