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Current Employee - Technical Leader in San Jose, CA
Current Employee - Technical Leader in San Jose, CA

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

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

Pros

Excellent work culture and work-life balance.

Cons

Huge company. Not growing like a small company for obvious reasons.

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  1. Helpful (4)

    Engineers Stay Away

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    800 pound gorilla in the networking industry.
    Involved in almost every aspect of communications.
    Opportunities to be involved in full product development life cycle involving almost any imaginable communications technology.
    Top performers compensated well above normal market rates.

    Cons

    Hasn't had competent top level engineering management since 2007.
    Complete chaos in engineering across all product lines.
    Fierce internal executive rivalries and frequent engineering executive shuffling make it very difficult to successfully complement projects.
    Company completes only a small number of the numerous of engineering projects it starts.
    Business units are littered with un-dead zombie projects that have undergone multiple direction changes and leadership changes.
    Cisco's new product development life cycle now generally exceeds technology life cycles. It takes so long to develop products that the product technology is obsolete when the product ships.
    Everything aspect of engineering possible is being out-sourced without out regard to the impact on quality, efficiency, and ROI.
    Cisco treats its engineers like farm animals.

    Advice to Management

    1. It is all about leadership. Crack open the Cisco cash hoard and spend whatever it takes buy competent engineering executives to fix your internal problems.

    2. Get better at engineering outsourcing or stop doing it. Current efforts are failing and destroying quality.


  2. Great place to build a career

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    Former Employee - Director in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Director in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Excellent co-workers, great work-life balance, excellent opportunities for growth if you are willing to go the extra distance

    Cons

    Hsa become quite slow in making decisions


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