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They will take good care of you

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Former Employee - Software Engineer in Lawrenceville, GA
Former Employee - Software Engineer in Lawrenceville, GA

I worked at Cisco Systems full-time (more than 8 years)

Pros

Stable company that will take good care of you as long as you "take care" of them (i.e. don't do anything bad)

Cons

Typical large company - slow-moving, lots of politics, and 1-2 reorgs every year - so you'll go through many different managers

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Get to personally know your employees - they are human, not just worker robots. My favorite managers were the ones who actually cared that you had a family and know that a job is just a job.

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    Cisco is overall, a great place to work, with smart & motivated people

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Lots of smart people solving hard problems. Good leadership in place, though John Chambers should probably look to retire soon

    Cons

    The company is getting bigger and slower. Fewer young and up-and-coming aggressive types in the company these days. The company is facing increasing threats of commoditization by Chinese competitors and architectures like SDN.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Thank John for his contributions and look for fresh blood at the senior ranks. Clean up the board and move out Jerry Yang and Carole Bartz in favor of board members that will challenge management thinking

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. Great Company to be with

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    Former Contractor - IT Analyst in San Jose, CA
    Former Contractor - IT Analyst in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Cisco Systems as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Futuristic company
    Lots of Career Growth opportunities.
    Contractor friendly Organization.

    Cons

    Its a human ocean and one needs to work strategically to get on to the growth track.
    Need to be self motivated and rest will be provided.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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