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It was great working with cisco

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Former Intern - College Intern in San Jose, CA
Former Intern - College Intern in San Jose, CA

I worked at Cisco Systems as an intern (less than a year)

Pros

Great people, pleasant working environment, lots of activity

Cons

Laid back attitude in some group

Advice to ManagementAdvice

can me more efficient and reduce # of meetings

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO
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  1. Extraordinary learning experience, intellectually challenging, great salary

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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing a great job by adding more marketing focus!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Not what it used to be

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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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