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Current Employee - Programmer  in  San Jose, CA
Current Employee - Programmer in San Jose, CA

I have been working at Cisco Systems

Pros

* interesting work if you choose to look for it. The base code has evolved over the last twenty+ years.
* great people
* telecommuting
* reasonable pay and benefits
* work / life balance
* both public and monetary recognition for a job well done

Cons

The same problems one finds everywhere:
* politics politics politics
* Promotion is often based on cliques.
* Far too many middle managers.
* no management consistency -- one manager will allow telecommuting, another will not.
* the company is no longer a startup, and new technologies are purchased, not developed in house

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Trim management levels. There are far too many middle managers with 0 - 3 direct reports.

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Other Reviews for Cisco Systems

  1.  

    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Lead  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Lead in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    Interesting work and smart people.

    Cons

    It can feel like a very big company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Enable anyone to work from home as long as their work can be measured.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    John Chambers is a great leader, and I would not want to work for anyone else, but some changes may be needed.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Network Consulting Engineer
    Current Employee - Network Consulting Engineer

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    You Can "Follow Your Nose" at Cisco, and find an area of interest that fits what you want to do. AS a broad based technology company, you can migrate to an area where you are passionate, and make significant contributions to industry direction.

    Cons

    You can work as much as you want. As a remote employee, I work more hours now than I ever did at any previous job.

    The office politics have seemed to increase over the last few years, and this is a barrier to the creative and innovative spirit of many Cisco employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Watch for "gatekeepers" at the middle management layer. There are many bright and innovative people at the individual contributor level, and their creativity is often suppressed if it does not align with the mid-level management initiatives.

    Bring back the "hire the top 5 and fire the bottom 10" stance.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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