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Excessive Cronynism - Too Many Politics

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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.

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  1. Worked with great people in a very fast paced environment

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    Current Contractor - Project Specialist in San Jose, CA
    Current Contractor - Project Specialist in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Cisco Systems as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    I was able to work with so many different people in such a short amount of time.

    Cons

    High stress workplace. You're expected to work long hours often.

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  2. Cisco - great company with amazing leadership

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    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in Richardson, TX
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in Richardson, TX

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    John Chambers has created a dynamic and diverse leadership team that is focused on winning. Also, the company has such a broad set technologies and services that the TAM for Cisco is massive. Couple these things with a large cash position and a decent stock dividend and you get a company that is going to be hard to beat from a tech and financial perspective.

    Cons

    It's a huge company! Sometimes it is hard to navigate the organization and understand who is doing, or responsible, for what.

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