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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  

    Pays well but very stressful

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
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