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Once a great company but now it's all about personal greed

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Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in San Jose, CA
Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in San Jose, CA

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

Pros

Pay OK, benefits good. Pockets of highly qualified and ethical people.

Cons

The latest craze is to centralize everything, officially to promote quicker execution on the turnaround but everyone knows it's to save cost. As a result you now have concentrations of power emerging with little room for diversity of ideas.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

In the next layoff, aim your cuts a little higher up the food chain and you may see some positive results. And tell the ones left that they actually have to deliver something not just cut cost.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    You really don't want to work here for a long time

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Cisco had some good medical benefits, but they went away. They had a good stock option plan, but that went to the mangers and the senior leadership team. They had a good stock grant plan when you got promoted, but that is all under water and can't remember when I had a promotion in 7 years.

    Cons

    It's like reality TV, let's have another re-org to protect the management or give someone more people to build their empire. To many Directors who produce nothing. There are managers who have no reports to manage. It's not what you know or do, it's how much your boss enjoys your company. Cisco would make an excellent Survival TV show. Or maybe not, no one would belive the nonsense that goes on here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire the CEO and the BOARD. Start over and clean house. Stop outsourcing common sense and good judgement! Hire more Americans.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company to work for!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Dallas, TX

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

    Pros

    Good compensation.
    Great culture and work environment!

    Cons

    Senior management needs to improve.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more flexible.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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