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Experiences will vary based on job function and business unit

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

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

Pros

Strong financials make it a relatively stable place to work.
Decent pay and benefits.
Opportunities for movement between jobs are available, at least sometimes.

Cons

Painful 'transformation' of the company is long overdue, and may be too little, too late.
Finance more or less rules - often penny wise and pound foolish decisions that favor short-term gain over long-term success.
Some parts of Engineering have really poor middle-managers that are better at playing politics than leading technology and engineering.
Many products hampered by 30-year-old software technology and a fragile architecture, making software development a painful experience.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Engineering leadership needs an overhaul in some areas.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company to work for!

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    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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great benefits, lots of bureaucracy.

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    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Research Triangle Park, NC

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

    Pros

    Outstanding, generous benefits, including ESPP, employee discounts, onsite gyms (on major campuses), flexible work options.

    Cons

    A huge company that has become highly bureaucratic and hierarchical. Getting things done is never simple. Cisco also works you hard. Long hours are common.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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