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Bittersweet

Operations Manager (Current Employee) San Jose, CA

ProsFlexible work schedule. Still some terrific folks around, despite the politicians' best efforts to eradicate the few free-thinkers left.

ConsThose of us who have been around longer than 10 years remember Cisco as a cutting-edge environment. Agile and young, we used to make smart, strategic decisions. Smart acquisitions. It used to be fun. We're going on nearly a decade of indecisive leadership, unreasonable changes, lack of strategy, and all our decisions seem to be based on politics. It feels as though we've lost our competitive edge in the market and employees across the company are feeling its de-motivating effects. Pulse scores are low, opportunity is low, morale is low.

Advice to Senior ManagementOur leaders need to take some serious and real measures to re-evaluate the direction of the company. They may not realize how lackluster the environment has become. Trim the fat at the top and middle of the company. We have too many chiefs and too many people trying to squeeze into chief hats that there's nobody left to think and work. Who's planning the strategy?

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    8 people found this helpful  

    A good company to retire at, sinking ship

    Senior Hardware Engineer (Former Employee) Milpitas, CA

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time for more than 5 years


    Pros: 1) Chance to work with seasoned engineers who are good at what they do. 2) Large company, relatively stable 3) … Cons: 1) Meetings about meetings 2) Management's lack of foresight in project planning 3) Cronyism, Cisco is an amalgam of many smaller businesses, due to… Advice to Senior Management: Consider a more reasonable schedule for the projects. It is a bad idea to pull in project schedules by months in order to make… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company… More
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    7 people found this helpful  

    Bloated and Top Heavy Cisco

    Sales Manager (Current Employee) New York, NY

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


    Pros: Salary, Benefits, and Work Environment Cons: Poorly managed large company. Not nimble and no longer a… Advice to Senior Management: Not sure.... heading in the same direction as Nortel and… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company… More
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