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Summer Intern

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Former Intern - GSO Intern in San Jose, CA
Former Intern - GSO Intern in San Jose, CA

I worked at Cisco Systems as an intern (Less than a year)

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

Pros

Great support from my manager and was free to chase projects that I wanted to initiate.
The people in my team were always willing to help.

Cons

Meetings were often held just for the meeting's sake. Not much follow-up and progress from meeting to meeting. Sometimes, I wanted/needed more direction on what to do.
Too many people worked remotely from home and was hard to get in touch with them.

Advice to Management

Review remote work policy.

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  1. Software Engineer

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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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great cutting edge technology if you are at the right BU

    Cons

    Drone desk job if you are not at the right BU

    Advice to Management

    Do more to attract young talent.. the average age in cisco is way too high.


  2. Helpful (1)

    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 a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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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