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It's Hell There Right Now

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Current Employee - Senior Manager  in  San Jose, CA
Current Employee - Senior Manager in San Jose, CA

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

Pros

Seriously great people. Bright minds, very hard workers. The technology Cisco gives you to do your job is world-class.

Cons

Constant re-organizing because the leadership is not in touch with the actual work. Engineering projects are not properly funded, so they don't succeed and they are shut down. Morale is at an all-time low...lower than after the dotcom crash in the early 00's.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

It is time for Chambers to go. Leaders are being named based on their ability to politic, not on their ability to lead.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Very political environment, not for the faint of heart!

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    Former Employee - Director Operations  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Director Operations in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to work with a lot of smart people (regretfully they are not always in leadership positions)
    If you can take the numerous re-organizations, there is often opportunity to learn more and broaden your resume

    Cons

    Politics reign supreme
    Politics determine who gets ahead, regardless of competence or lack thereof
    Insane work hours, every re-organization means more work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn from your mistakes, align strategy to execution (too many people doing the strategy work, who are oblivious to execution implications), don't forget end customer and Channel Partners, who are integral to your success (work to make their "experience" easier!).

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Cisco provides great flexibility to employees

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    Current Employee - IT Project Manager  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - IT Project Manager in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Cisco offers great flexibility to its employees

    Cons

    Cisco is not growing as it used to

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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