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Former Employee - Business Analyst  in  San Jose, CA
Former Employee - Business Analyst in San Jose, CA

I worked at Cisco Systems as a contractor for less than a year

Pros

Laid back atmosphere
Very flexible working hours
Not a high stress job

Cons

Difficult to move up the ladder
Too many reorgs
Too many meetings
Very top heavy
Quarterly budget ..so if you are a contractor there - your future perpetually hangs in the balance.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Lay offs are not the solution to Cisco's problems.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    It has gone from a small company feel to a large corporation

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    Current Employee - Technical Consultant  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Technical Consultant in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    The best part of working for a networking giant is that our network connects into our homes so working from home or the office can feel the same. The benefits are not bad but have slowly degraded over the years. And the salary seems to be tops for the Austin area.

    Cons

    I have not had a raise in 4 years and there is always the fear of being affected by a layoff in the future. There are no electric car hookups at the offices in Austin.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great Large company to start a career

    Current Employee - Director of Technical Marketing  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Director of Technical Marketing in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    One of the best large company
    Industry leader
    great process and efficient enough process with respect to size of the company
    talented people - some of the best of the best
    great resources to learn
    wonderful opportunity to start one's career

    Cons

    too large to maneuver like the smaller competitors
    tough to advance above senior mgr level

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