Cisco Systems
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a better place to work

Programmer (Current Employee)
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

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

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great place to work

Technical Lead (Current Employee)
San Jose, CA

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Pros: Interesting work and smart people. Cons: It can feel like a very big company. Advice to Senior Management: Enable anyone to work from home as long as their… Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend More

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

Network Consulting Engineer (Current Employee)

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… 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… Advice to Senior Management: Watch for "gatekeepers" at the middle management layer. There are many bright and innovative people at the individual contributor level, and their creativity… Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend More

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