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Scientific Atlanta was awesome until Cisco bought them

Technical Leader (Former Employee)
Lawrenceville, GA

I worked at Cisco Systems

ProsCo-workers were great. Very little in the way of office politics among non-managerial co-workers. Work environment was excellent, and I generally had all the equipment I needed. Salary was the on the high end. If you're fortunate to land in a group doing new development and be assigned that work, then the work can be very exciting.

ConsIn the video group I was in, the low level management was in constant flux, so there was no loyalty to direct reports. Sometimes as many as 3 managers telling a team of 2 engineers what to do. While there was a high level of technical skill and work ethic among managers, their managerial people skills were terrible. Software engineers treated more as cogs than people. Large influx of contractors added to this feeling. John Chambers preaches the "Cisco is family" ethic... I saw no evidence of it here. While I had occasional times of good work, most of work was boring... fixing or triaging bugs mainly. I know a co-worker still working there, one of the sharpest engineers I know, have his project cancelled. He's now talking of leaving in a couple of years. When I was there, the video group was constantly being reorganized. There is some opportunity to move around, but you're just as likely to get stuck in a dead-end job. I was very happy to leave this company.

Advice to Senior ManagementTeach you managers to respect and treat engineers as people. Create and enfore polocies that allow engineers greater opportunity to move to different groups.

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Good, but not great, place to work

Satisfaction Depends On Your Manager (Former Employee)
Research Triangle Park, NC

I worked at Cisco Systems


Pros: Work from home options are prevalent in many teams, and are a great benefit. There is a culture of "work-life" balance, and most (but… Cons: Is hard to know "how" to get to the next level for promotion or pay raise. The goal you are given is to… Advice to Senior Management: Define job responsibilities and give a clear path for advancement… Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend More

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My overall experience was ok with this company.

CSM (Former Employee)
Rancho Cordova, CA

I worked at Cisco Systems


Pros: Excellent benefits, and base pay is above average for area. Cons: Very difficult to obtain a raise. Advice to Senior Management: Too much favorite playing makes it difficult for the other employee's who are working just as hard to… More

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