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Company still too top heavy, but with some great employees

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Current Employee - Senior Operations Manager  in  London, England (UK)
Current Employee - Senior Operations Manager in London, England (UK)

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

Pros

There are some wonderful employees at Cisco, and generally a very strong work ethic. Most people are genuinely trying to do their best for the company. There is a good opportunity to work globally and certainly to experience interaction with people from around the world, using virtual collaboration tools.

Cons

Weak HR means that managers deal with an antiquated performance management process (based on a 15 year old GE model); lots of unhealthy politics at the SVP level and too many Directors sitting pretty due to tenure; recent RIFs have taken a slice out of the workforce, but not out of the much more expensive layers of the organisation.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Allow the new HR leader to implement real and substantive change to performance management, management education, and to create an independent HR function. Before relentlessly pursuing a shared service model, perform adequate impact assessments on the impacted functions - we're entering a world of pain in the name of Opex cutting, which will have to be reversed when the complaints become too great to ignore (by which time, the orchestrators will have been promoted or moved to their next 'big' role at another tech company.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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    Former Employee - Finance Manager
    Former Employee - Finance Manager

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

    Pros

    Telecommute; flexable schedule, good company to have on resume

    Cons

    Leadership, opportunity for advancement, lots of redudency

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Company could be leaner; to much redudancy across functions

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Overall Good Company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager  in  Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Bangalore (India)

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

    Pros

    Very innovative products.
    Gives tough competition to competitors.
    Good work culture & work-life balance.

    Cons

    Need more focus on product's software quality.
    Should give more respect to old employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please stop doing reorganization frequently.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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