Cisco Systems
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Principal Engineer (Current Employee)
San Jose, CA

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

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

ConsPainful '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 Senior ManagementEngineering leadership needs an overhaul in some areas.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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BIG Company! But there's a chance to make some $ depending on what you're selling.

Cosulting Systems Engineer (Current Employee)
Boston, MA

I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time


Pros: Massive resources at your disposal. Some of the smartest engineers… Cons: Management is WAY out of touch with the sales teams on the street. If you're… Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company… More

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Bait and Switch

Project Manager (Current Employee)
Research Triangle Park, NC

I have been working at Cisco Systems as a contractor for more than a year


Pros: Intelligent, motivated and interesting colleagues Flexible work location if your manager… Cons: If I didn't know better I would think that the primary purpose of Cisco was to produce PowerPoint presentations The offices are dirty and filled… Advice to Senior Management: Bring in some youthful energy . Switch the focus… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend More

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