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It's big and it pays well

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Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Santa Clara, CA
Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Santa Clara, CA

I worked at Cisco Systems full-time (more than an year)

Pros

Cisco has made it a corporate policy to pay at the 75% level for their industry, meaning that they will pay more than 75% of their peers. That means you get a good salary and lots of bonus opportunities (stock units, spot bonuses, etc.). This makes it hard to leave even if you are unhappy with the company itself.

Cons

The company is slow and stodgy with a culture that is very risk averse. It takes at least 1 year to release anything significant and you should expect that many products or features will never actually be launched no matter how important they are. There are lots of hoops to jump through, review cycles, and red tape. Creating anything truly ground-breaking is nearly impossible due to the politics involved and the multiple layers of management. As a result, many of the people who are at the company are "lifers" -- people who have decided that they get paid well enough to stay where they are but who aren't interested in really pushing the boundaries.

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    Great opportunities for personal growth

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Opportunities available for career growth, great for people looking for challenges
    state of the art of technologies
    Multicultural Environment
    Great "name", allows to open more doors.

    Cons

    expectations raise every year, so no room for who want to relax.
    Burocracy, some time is odd.
    work a lot of hours
    Few "fun" activities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Optimize the financial acumen, use ROI of big deals and not on small steps.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Cisco Systems

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Employee - IT Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC

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

    Pros

    Great benefits including medical, dental, and vision.

    Cons

    Long hours but a tough place to earn raises or promotions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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