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Excessive Cronynism - Too Many Politics

  • Comp & Benefits
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Operations Manager in Research Triangle Park, NC
Current Employee - Operations Manager in Research Triangle Park, NC

I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time (more than 8 years)

Pros

Telecommuting, training and educational opportunities, benefits

Cons

Excessive management, horrible stack rating - meaning you don't get raises or promotions unless you are someone's favorite in upper management, excessive work hours and work load, praise on how well you play the system instead of how good your work is. Politics in this company get worse with each layer of management. No one wants to hear that something won't work even when it won't, they just want to hear you say yes as they take credit for your work. Too many contract workers that have worked in the same position for 5+ years. Positions are made for friends without posting requisitions. It's not what you know, but who you know.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Stop the cronyism. Allow review of managers by staff. Change the raise and promotion system, you should not go seven years without a pay increase. I am sure all the executives are not missing out on yearly increases.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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    CISCO

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Hardware Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Hardware Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Cisco is still the biggest networking company in Routing and Switching and will be around for many years to come.

    Cons

    Cisco has been cutting down on expenses on employee over the year and it is now just another place to work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    High potential, not yet ready to make big changes

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

    Pros

    Strong margins, great market position, good talent

    Cons

    Despite movement of leadership, organizations, change is slow. Politically charged.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Refresh talent from the outside; rotate all positions on a regular basis, movement of people focused on having people/management too focused on protecting their own territory and legacy, let new ideas see the light of day.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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