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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 (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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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Treats employees with respect but no longer compensates them for hard work

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

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

    Pros

    Great people and working environment, Integrity and Honesty, Treats employees well in tough times such as family emergencies or layoffs. Good mobility within the company.

    Cons

    Many of the benefits they used to provide to attract and retain employees are gone. Starting salaries are good but don't count on getting a raise. Once upon a time everything you needed was on the internal company website and easy to get to. Now the information is outdated and the new stuff is hard to find. There is no more human in the human resources department.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring back some of the programs and benefits that made people want to work at Cisco. Clean up the internal website. Promote individual contributors who have been working hard. Managers are the only ones who move up.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Company trying hard, may not be enough

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

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

    Pros

    Very flexible work arrangements: telecommuting and working from home occasionally are all okay
    Good salary, relatively speaking
    Some super smart people, but not necessarily deployed well

    Cons

    Facilities are overly frugal: no sense that employees working hard are valued
    Culture of internal competition
    Ruthlessness

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop playing people/teams/groups off of each other
    If you're going to do layoffs, have a plan in place as to who's going to pick up the slack for those who got cut.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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