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Extraordinary learning experience, intellectually challenging, great salary

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  • Senior Management
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  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Product Manager in San Jose, CA
Current Employee - Product Manager in San Jose, CA

I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time (less than a year)

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

Pros

1, Very friendly culture - there's no "up or out" approach. Everyone is being evaluated based on one's achievements rather than on his peer's relative performance.
2. Very good pay - easily comparable to management consulting, but without working 100 hours a week!
3. Super-flexible hours, many people work 1 or 2 days from home.
4. Cisco solutions are not trivial - to understand a solution one has to understand the whole eco-system, which forces you to see the big picture all the time.

Cons

As in any big organization, some 25% of your time you'll waste on filling forms.

Advice to Management

Keep doing a great job by adding more marketing focus!

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  1. Cisco - Thank you for the opportunity

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    Former Employee - Consulting Systems Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Consulting Systems Engineer in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time (more than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent team players as well as supportive management. No micro-management, excellent corporate structure and no shortage of intelligent people. Very well respected by clients and industry peers.

    Cons

    Doesn't know what to do with L4-L7 or consumer based products, such as ACE and WAAS, even eCDS. Routing and switching, UCS, are its sweet spot - let the F5's, Riverbed's, Aruba, and others fight it out.

    Advice to Management

    Management rocks !!!

  2. Not what it used to be

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good 1st line managers and good salary/benefits.

    Cons

    Too much organizational hierarchy and red-tape. San Jose headquarter thumbs its noses at other sites. Too difficult to get your opinions heard.

    Advice to Management

    Cisco is stagnating. Bring back the innovation by empowering the technical employees and reduce all the red tapes of upper management.

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