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Experiences will vary based on job function and business unit

  • Comp & Benefits
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
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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    A Company in Transition

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director, Sales Operations in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Director, Sales Operations in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Job rotations laterally, benefits/bonus, talented employee pool, good culture, solid leadership, dominant position in market

    Cons

    Political, lacking ability to execute, empowerment without accountability, tendency to value form over substance, develop smart people but not necessarily great leaders/managers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Inject new talent in leadership ranks, fresh thinking about vision/strategy, build succession plans to ensure you continue to build on Cisco's market leadership position

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Cisco Systems Program Manager

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Milpitas, CA

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    flexibility, work-life balance, people, HR

    Cons

    things move forward very slow, promotion may be slow

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    make changes in upper management layer

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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