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Very nice and a lot of things to do in our group.

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

I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time (more than a year)

Pros

Good in every way. A lot of things to learn.

Cons

Too many contractors in the company. I believe that quality people hiring as full time can make things better.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Need to focus more of product stability than features.

Recommends
Approves of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    This isn't an office. It's Hell with fluorescent lighting. (Exaggeration, but love the quote)

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Freedom to think outside the box and bring creative solutions to problem resolutions. You will have the opportunity to expand your skil levels and work outside your defined job role as desired. Due to the size, opportunity to change groups to broaden experience. Definitely a great work experience, but do not stay in the same role, gain experience and then move on to enrich your resume. Do not stay too long if you have career goals.

    Cons

    Political beast - promotion is difficult unless you are adept at working the system. Projects tend to be grossly underfunded and understaffed in some organizations, with unrealistic expectations. Other organizations are well funded with budget, resources and adequate timelines.

    Management will push initiatives which will increase their political position and opportunity for the next promotion - not what is the best move for the company. Leaders have lost vision - initiatives are created reactively, not proactively and tossed over the wall for implementation with little or no planning.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do what you say, and say what you do. Focus on those top initiatives which are beneficial to support the business - fund those initiatives sufficiently. Focus on improving the infrastructure - it will help you to support your go-to-market strategy. Understand your employees must support both new initiatives as well as the run-the-business activities and existing initiatives. The hype of the launch is over, but sustaining projects require support, headcount and budget as well.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    A reasonable company to work for

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

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    Not too busy work schedule load, flexibility and not too bad pay, acceptable working environment and employee facilities, equipment and labs.

    Cons

    compensation is relatively low compared with peer companies, coffee, tea, snack offered are amongst the cheapest, tech is not new and lack of innovations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Raise the compensation to low grade engineers, better daily treatments to the employees, collaboration across industrial, especially with super star companies such as AAPL, GOOG etc.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
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