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Positives outweigh the negatives (at least for now)

  • Comp & Benefits
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Commodity Manager in San Jose, CA
Current Employee - Commodity Manager in San Jose, CA

I have been working at Cisco Systems

Pros

Great work/life balance, excellent benefits, challenging opportunities. Internal job rotation is getting better, used to be frowned upon in some groups. Great systems and internal tools to get information.

Cons

Limited career development opportunities. Unless you are a rising start, it's difficult to move upward. As the company is getting larger, it's difficult to get things done - too much beaurocracy. Managers are too busy to help, many times you will be on your own with limited support. Not much social interaction, groups and teams are very silod.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Recognize your employees for the work they do. Spend more time with employee development.

Recommends
Approves of CEO

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Cisco a great name for your Resume, a horrible place to work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Marketing Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Technical Marketing Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    The best reason to work at Cisco is purely to get Cisco on your resume. The company still garners respect from the name recognition. It is also a great place to learn how big business works, with lots of management that does very little and if you are the little guy you will get to see what it is like to get dumped on all the time, which will let you develop techniques to deal with stress and overwork. Any job at Cisco will teach you office politics and give you insight into how playing politics can help you get ahead in a big company. These skill are invaluable if you are planning on working at large companies for most of your career.

    Cons

    You will not be compensated very well, you will not receive very good benefits, you will be forced to dealing with lots of change without any input into the decisions or how they will be implemented. You are forced to deal with LOTS of management, including VPs that don't even have anyone that report to them. Generally you will be at the mercy of the upper management and whatever benefits you have now will be slowly taken away, without you getting a say into how, why or when they will go away.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Split the company up. It is too big and there is too much management. Remember that management produces NOTHING, individual contributors working produce things... It is time to make this into smaller companies that can regain that startup aggressiveness that is needed to compete in the marketplace.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Cisco is a great place to work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager
    Current Employee - Senior Manager

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    security, great pay and great budget

    Cons

    Too big and impersonal. Sometimes you get lost in the shuffle.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be loyal to your employees

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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