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Good, there is growth and enough challenging job

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Former Employee - Solutions Architect in San Jose, CA
Former Employee - Solutions Architect in San Jose, CA

I worked at Cisco Systems

Recommends
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Approves of CEO

Pros

good benefits and relax work culture

Cons

big company limited career growth

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  1. Busy, stressful

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    Current Employee - Technical Lead in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Lead in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Products are good and challenging for development. Company has good Intellectual Property. Feels good to develop a product which will be quickly deployed by customers.

    Cons

    Company is very big. No one has any time to talk to colleagues. Not much fun. Its hard to build any friendships with colleagues.

    Advice to Management

    Collaboration between Business Units is very poor. Too many layers between CEO and the employees. There are cases where employee is 11 levels below the CEO. VP- reports to VP who in turn reports SVP who reports to another SVP and so on. It seems wasteful.


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    It has degraded over the years.

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Since there are many business units, it easy to find opportunities with in (if you are worried about your green card processing). Alot of different products in different modes of operation (startup like aggressive environment to mature products).

    Cons

    Slow growth / promotion and base salary hike. Over 5 years havent seen more then 5% base salary growth (though I admit when hired they gave a high competitive package, but no follow up after that). Over years have only seen cut backs in all sort of spending while competitive companies did the same, but have restored balance. Over the years the pride / employee satisfaction for working for this company is diminishing. Lot of better younger attitude competitive companies out there.

    Advice to Management

    1. The company isnt short of money, then why the miserly attitude with respect to spending / promotion salary hikes. Atleast help keep up with annual inflation. 2. Management is heavily loaded with un-necessary hierarchy (Do we really need second line managers to manage managers, isnt that the job of directors). Too many cooks spoil the broth.


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