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Former Employee - Software Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC
Former Employee - Software Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC

I worked at Cisco Systems full-time (more than 10 years)

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

Pros

Great lower level management, good benefits, flexibility. Internal transfers are supported, engineers have a good skill set.

Cons

Product redundancies, too many levels of management (directors, VPs), too much red-tape to get anything done. Little thought given to long term product usability. Time to market often valued over quality.

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Good company to work for

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Wall Township, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Wall Township, NJ

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Been working remotely from home for 12 years so good way to keep work/life balance. Lots of very smart people to interact with.

    Cons

    Too many VPs and above, not a week goes by when you don't get an announcement about yet another VP created somewhere while the "working folk" can't get a promotion or even a raise. Much too siloed in many places slowing decison-making down. Chambers solicits feedback yet seems to do whatever he wants anyway resulting in a few decisions where everyone said "we knew that wouldn't work, why didn't he?"

    Advice to Management

    Reduce the overhead and go back to the more free-wheeling days of the past to speed up innovation.

  2. Helpful (17)

    High quality company with excellent people talent that has lost its edge

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    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in San Jose, CA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Work/life balance, excellent people and plentiful talent, still a good culture and values about fair play and caring for people

    Cons

    An interesting mix of strong hatred of clear goals with accountability, thick red-tape bureaucracy, self-serving senior leadership that has been brought in externally mixed with the wrong sort in power internally

    Advice to Management

    Senior leadership is out of touch, arrogant and seeming just doesn't care about anything substantial, except furthering their own personal careers. Management is absolutely "frozen" and there is a thick air of "play along to get along" and feedback is not obtained and when it is, it's ignored and spun.

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