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Great company and good pay

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  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Senior Tech Lead in San Jose, CA
Current Employee - Senior Tech Lead in San Jose, CA

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

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

Pros

Work environment and salary are good. Sufficient Budget to build the lab nice.

Cons

Hiring process is too loose. People may get in without interview if she/he has internal connections.

Advice to Management

Learn the interview process from Google.

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    Too hierarchical, too bureaucratic, out of touch with times

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in San Jose, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - 401k matching
    - Decent gym
    - Stable in most business units if you're contributing
    - Great if you just want to coast along in your career
    - Great CEO who knows how to make money

    Cons

    Cisco was probably the place to be in the 90's but not today. The work culture and environment is very hierarchical and bureaucratic; and worse no one seems to care about this. Old time employees are lackadaisical, out of touch and downright incompetent as team players. Another thing I've noticed is forming of "clans". I came from a company where despite the office politics when it came down to "getting it done" everybody worked together as a team. I am absolutely certain that this would never happen here, in fact, other teams would be glad if another team fails to deliver as this would look good in front of superiors. Managers here are extremely mediocre, which makes me wonder if they've ever had management training. The development tools for software engineers are from the Jurassic age (all command line) and the usual answer I get is "you'll get used to it". I mean, are you serious? I spend most of my time learning such archaic tools which has nothing to do with my daily job is pathetic. At least recognize that this is 2012 and people shouldn't be wasting time wrestling with command line utilities to get their job done. And don't tell me that real programmers use command line tools; there is a reason why GUI development tools exist and it is to stop wasting useless cycles jumping from one directory to another and running one script after the other doing trivial tasks.

    If you're a new grad do not consider coming to Cisco, you will have no decent mentors and will be left on your own to fend for yourself. This is extremely sad since the products indeed are class leading and there is a lot to learn from senior employees but they are unwilling to share their accumulated knowledge.

    Advice to Management

    Cisco is too big to bring about changes, cronyism is rampant and the sad part is everyone knows this but nothing will change for the good.


  2. too much over head in the communications and meetings

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC

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

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

    Pros

    a large set of good experience engineers pool

    Cons

    re-org frequently, bad decision made by manager

    Advice to Management

    manager need to spend time to understand the project, and made judgement based on evidence rather than conception


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