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The Slow Bleed Has Become a Hemorrhage

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Current Employee - Director in Chicago, IL
Current Employee - Director in Chicago, IL

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

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

There are still some talented people left, but most are actively seeking employment elsewhere

Cons

Stock options are no longer issued.

Cisco has no formal management training program--and it shows. Sales management consists of a bunch of idiots who are just political mafia players--very short on talent, high on themselves. They treat their people so poorly that it is beyond me how Cisco can end up on anyone's "Best Companies" list.

Pay used to be above market rate, but is now sub par. Engineers are poorly paid, and sales goals are now very much unattainable from year-to-year. Cisco is managing compensation via unattainable goaling.

Annual layoffs have absolutely demoralized the company. The rank and file sales and engineering teams now worry EVERY DAY about looking good rather than doing the right thing for the customer. It is a sad state of affairs.

Advice to Management

Read last month's article about Microsoft which appeared in Vanity Fair (http://www.vanityfair.com/business/2012/08/microsoft-lost-mojo-steve-ballmer)

You could substitute "Cisco" for "Microsoft" about 90% of the time.

Cisco needs new leadership at all levels. It needs to invest in its employees. It needs to quit laying people off. It needs to quit wasting money on horrible acquisitions like Jetcell, Okena, and Tandberg--and it needs to get rid of Chambers and his band of buffoons on the board.

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    The company has a friendly working environment and excellent engineers.

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    Current Employee - DCAS Engineering in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - DCAS Engineering in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Conduct research on computer networks.
    Experience on the real engineering problem faced by industry.

    Cons

    There are lots of procedures about the development of new networking products.
    The develpment cycle is very long.

    Advice to Management

    To hire the really good candidates.


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    800lb Gorilla

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Account Manager in Pleasanton, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Account Manager in Pleasanton, CA

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good products, and as a Sales Rep you can make a very good living.

    Cons

    Too many micro-managers focused on their forecasts, and not their people.

    Advice to Management

    Take a good look at while morale is low, and people are leaving in droves.


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