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A fine company all-around, but the start-up atmosphere has long faded.

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Manager, Operations in Raleigh, NC
Current Employee - Manager, Operations in Raleigh, NC

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

Pros

-Excellent culture for tolerance and inclusion
-They work hard to retain employees
-Strong pay on hire, but incremental increases are far more difficult to secure
-Leadership is willing to change and evolve the company as necessary for adjusting to economic conditions

Cons

-Expect a very corporate environment (think HP and IBM)
-As a global business entity, "virtual" is the playbook. If you prefer local teams, this isn't your place.
-Long hours and very hard work are norms. Typically, those who live to work are most successful.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

More investment in identifying and fixing infrastructure issues which hold back the sales force from maximizing opportunity.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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    Cico Has A Broken Engineering Organization

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    Former Employee - Software Engineering Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Manager in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Cisco is a pretty good spot to land if you're coming to Silicon Valley from somewhere else.

    Cons

    Cisco's engineering organization runs on nepotism. The performance reviews happen in reverse: The management decides whom they want to move up, then they give those folks the choice assignments, and at review time everyone declares success and enacts what was predetermined. Any failure to execute is obfuscated so it doesn't impede the process. Cisco's engineering is a giant grinder where the movement of the people up and down is what's important and the products are just a sausage coming out of the side. If you want to do engineering work I'd suggest looking elsewhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on engineering excellence and build a cult of personality around the software developer like has been done so successfully at Google and Facebook. Make internal product development be driven by rapid prototyping instead of by Powerpoint.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    One of the best place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Cisco Systems as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good Management, Flexible work schedule.

    Cons

    Too many managers Takes time to adapt to new technology

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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