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Contracting at Cisco

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Project Manager in San Jose, CA
Current Employee - Project Manager in San Jose, CA

I have been working at Cisco Systems

Pros

-Good pay as a contractor
-If you have a good manager, potential to work on various types of projects

Cons

-No recognition from the company, you will be considered a second class citizen
-Readily expendable - there are no longer term commitments. They will only renew your contract one quarter at a time. Contract extension doesn't matter though. They will let you do anytime they need to.
-Self preservation is the top priority here. People only care about protecting their jobs and getting themselves recognized.
-The cross functional dependencies make it very difficult to get anything done quickly. There are processes on top of processes and then some more processes on how to manage those processes. It's not easy...

Advice to ManagementAdvice

-Get rid of process.
-Fewer tools.
-Consider hiring contractors when looking "inside". Even if a contractor works at Cisco, they are still only able to be considered for roles once they decide to look outside the company

Doesn't Recommend
Approves of CEO

5415 Other Employee Reviews for Cisco Systems (View Most Recent)

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  1.  

    Decent

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

    I worked at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    Company breadth, customer engagements are very strong, best in the business. Knowledge in the company very deep and available to leverage.

    Cons

    Upward progression very difficult and hard to navigate. Company is managed from the very top and very slow at times. Frustrating for those downstream.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Empower leaders better.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Not good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Network Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Network Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    big company, decent salary, certification money is returned once you pass the exams, lot of competition between peers makes you want to work harder

    Cons

    bad management, too much politics, management doesnt know anything about the technical aspect, too many people, very disoriented teams with no focus.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    learn to connect with team members, know the technical aspect of the products as well, dont be blind to people who just suck up to you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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