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Neutral environment

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Current Contractor - Project Manager in San Jose, CA
Current Contractor - Project Manager in San Jose, CA

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

Pros

Stable , on going . But not exciting or ambihious

Cons

not exciting or ambitious . Poorly planned and executed.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
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  1. Choice program has an achilles heel

    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Richardson, TX

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    In the ios group for my internship at hq, it went very well. Had a good manager. Worked with people that great to work with.

    Cons

    Other location (Richardson for me) may be different. For my full time offer I chose Richardson for a combination of cost of living and family living in the area. All the good of the internship, the full time was opposite. My manager had described his group as having what I wanted, but it wasn't close. Not sure who to talk to, I spoke with the local choice program rep and was directed to another manager that just told I had to have been mistaken of the group I chose. So I found another job and left, just before I left I found out that I should have talked to normal HR and not anyone from the choice program about the false advertising of my group

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to communicate to new hires should a group not be as advertised, a new hire needs to talk to HR. During the introduction presentations, a question was asked what to do if this happens. The presenter really didn't really answer the question

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    I wasted five years of my career at Cisco.

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

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

    Pros

    Cisco's compensation is better than most large companies in their industry. They have a generous bonus and stock grant program, although their stock has gone nowhere in the last 10 years so don't expect any price appreciation. It's best to cash out your RSU and ESPP shares as they become available. Cisco has a very liberal work-at-home policy. Many employees take advantage of this to run their own business on the side.

    Cons

    Cisco has evolved into a conservative, slow moving, procedure-driven company that looks to the acquisition of other companies--rather than innovation--to drive its business. Expect to spend many hours bogged down in endless meetings with dozens of people and no clear decision-maker. I've never seen so many people work so hard and accomplish so little. This is a company of mostly B and C players who don't really have to think, just follow procedures.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cisco needs to clean house, starting at the top. Bring in new senior management who can work together and are motivated by a desire to innovate rather than furthering their own political agendas

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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