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Laid back environment with drawbacks

  • Comp & Benefits
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Richardson, TX
Current Employee - Software Engineer in Richardson, TX

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

Pros

Good Benefits (health insurance, 401K matching up to 4.5%, ESPP)
Work/life balance
Flexible hours and ability to work from home as desired
Sometimes generous CAP rewards (both cash and restricted stock options)

Cons

Not a very diverse SWE employee base
Not a terribly thrilling work environment
Equity has questionable worth
Too much politics involved in performance reviews and promotions
Have not been very pleased with compenastion

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    Good place to learn networking

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Helpful folks. People have been here a long time and know a lot about networking
    - Suffecient ramp up time to learn
    - Exposure to every major customers network.

    Cons

    - Has a strong heirarchy.
    - slow growth
    - Lots of slogging.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure employees are motivated. You cannot assume employees are just going to stay forever even if you dont motivate them.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Cisco lost its way

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Global Sales Engineer  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Global Sales Engineer in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Fun work environment, flexible work hours and spaces, great customers to work with. For a long time Cisco had a great strategy and moved into innovative areas, but the economy crashed and Cisco had to refocus.

    Cons

    We ran out of products and our BUs bacame too political and lost their mojo. They lost all the good people and have been left with subpar PMs and others. Cisco's had a series of layoffs and has demoralized the company. Cisco has exited a number of businesses and is more of an R&S company as opposed to a true communications company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out what the corporate strategy is and execute off that. Hire better managers.

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