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3 people found this helpful  

Good company to work

  • Comp & Benefits
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Technical Leader  in  Richardson, TX
Current Employee - Technical Leader in Richardson, TX

Pros

Wide range of technology groups

Cons

No pay raise
No prompt promotions

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Better the grading/ranking process, called CPC.

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 8 people found this helpful  

    A company becoming too big to be able to innovate

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Manager/Senior Technical Leader  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager/Senior Technical Leader in San Jose, CA

    Pros

    Great employee benefits; global presence; strong eco-system and brand name

    Cons

    CEO has been lost around 2006-2007 (that caused CDO Charlie left the company); a lot of politics and fat; doesn't have any succession plan; can't retain talents (seems CEO and board don't even care); no innovation but still think things will turn around. It's sad to see this will become another DEC or Sun Microsystems.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get former CDO Charlie back to the company to be CEO or president; Mr. Chambers should just retire or be COB.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 8 people found this helpful  

    My Cisco experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

    Pros

    Good benefits package, good entry on one's Resume esp. if 1st job after graduation. Also, technology versatility enables horizontal / lateral mobility (at least, during the good times for the economy and the company). Also, company is supportive of continued education / getting advanced or business degree while working full-time.

    Cons

    Too much politics, nepotism, way too many incompetent managers and useless directors who don't really direct anyone or anything -- too thick middle-layer mgmt, too much emphasis on image and 'messaging', not enough on improving practices, rewarding hard work, making better products.
    Too many promotions into mgmt. based on 'friends and family', not abilities or real merit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Way too much of middle-layer mgmt, too much emphasis on image and 'messaging', not enough on improving practices, rewarding hard work, making better products.
    Too many promotions into mgmt. based on 'friends and family', not abilities or real merit. Nepotism -- certain groups have been entirely taken over by predominantly not very competent South Indian decent-engineer-turned -horrible -manager; blatant nepotism, blatant biases in promotions, rewards etc. (South Indians vs. how everyone else is treated incl. North Indians and all others)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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