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Pays well but very stressful

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Former Employee - Manager in San Jose, CA
Former Employee - Manager in San Jose, CA

I worked at Cisco Systems full-time (more than an year)

Pros

Very bright creative people, always a can get it done attitude

Cons

Lots of politics and favortism, many folks in it for themselves with little care about what end customers really want or need, good ole boys club, operationally inefficient at some very basic levels

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Manage for consistent true business results versus who can spin the best tale on power point

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not challenging...I could have done my internship in 2 days.

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Cisco Systems as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Solid company.
    Great marketshare.
    Industry leader.
    Cool technology.

    Cons

    Huge.
    Corporate.
    Middle Management all over the place.
    Can easily get pigeon holed.

    My internship was 10 weeks long. I think I could have done my entire project in 2 days. The corporate hoops and ladders I had to jump through made it super difficult to get work done. I like getting stuff done and this is not the place for that (well for an internship at least).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The people under you are smarter than you think.

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

    Cisco can still be a great company to work for

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    - Compensation (awesome medical benefits, generous pay and RSUs for top performers)
    - On-site daycare
    - Flexible schedule (work from home 2-3 days a week)
    - On-site pharmacy and health center (pick up prescription -- free of cost -- on my way home from work)
    - Talented worforce -- junior folks can learn so much from senior colleagues

    Cons

    - Very top-heavy, making it tough for ICs to work up the ranks
    - Politics can stifle progress

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Really help your ICs grow. Don't let top talent leave b/c they aren't getting career opportunities.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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