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Once a great company that is losing it's edge.

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

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

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

Pros

There are a lot of smart, great people at Cisco who have good intentions and work hard. It is very large company so there are ample job opportunities. Compensation and benefits are good.

Cons

The company has gotten too large for the current structure. The large number of acquisitions has diluted the once great culture. It has become very difficult to get things done. The company needs an infusion of new, aggressive leadership.

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  1. Helpful (5)

    File years of nightmare at cisco

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    At least, you have a job

    Cons

    "Cisco used to be a good company but now not anymore". I hared about this from so many current-ciscos and ex-ciscos. It is absolutely true from my years of experience at NMTG, which is the worst BU at cisco. Another saying is what cisco can do is acquiring companies as cisco itself cannot build anything. There are numeric examples about the products through acquisition failed later like the camera. Some of them would be market pearl If not run by cisco. I sometime ask people why the company occupied so much talents but making so much junks never delivered to customers. Now, the company is less and less competitive to Juniper, F5, HP, especially Huawei, which would be a terminator of cisco if no protection from the US government. There are so many factors to mar the company:prevalent unfairness, nepotism, incompetence, arbitrariness and rigid layer. All of these formed a huge manacle for creativeness and innovation.

    Advice to Management

    Not only always support your managers but listen to employees, who designed and made real products. Connect employee's feedback for managers to the manager's performance rating and bonus. Pay more attention to the manager's practice and conduct because "an incapable soldier may lose his life, but an incapable officer may lose a battle". What the one-on-one, agile and all of other formalism are craps. Naive management rely on some methodology like agile, which can only hurt both the productivity and creativeness as it is so rigid, unintuitive, self-contradiction, task-forced, mechanical, static, time consuming and software developer unfriendly. The very infamous bottom-10 or bottom-5 forced distribution encourage cut-throat competition, which usually apportion to some really good employees, who just work, work and work but don't know how to make boss happy, put truth in the feedback to managers or not good at visualizing themselves or just be easier to bully. The classification formed a bottom layer of disadvantaged groups who spent a lot of time to appeal, and rejected, and then angry, felt unfair and undeserved as well as unbacked. Those are really bad cancers of cisco. That is why cisco's stock is always bearish.


  2. Depends on what group you work for.... there are many!

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    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager 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

    Good benefits and access to a lot of amenities!! Some groups have a autonomy and work great. Others are silos and you would never know there is more out there since you can get buried with the same/day to day tasks.... Divide and conquer big sales deals/acquisitions

    Cons

    Not all locations have all the perks and luxuries... Some have none at all :( Senior leadership at the director level change every 8-12 months consistently and have done so for the past few years. Goals and direction changes just as often. Politics play big here... Who you know can be good or bad. Some areas of the company are the market leaders, whereas others are far behind.

    Advice to Management

    Be transparent when shifting gears.. It's okay to change direction, people appreciate when you acknowledge things aren't working and change is needed. Not all managers are pushing the Cisco culture in regards to employee personal growth. Take care of your employees with continuing compensation or lose them to competitors. When asking your front line employees for their opinions, use them to make sensible changes... Seems like most are asked their opinion because it is a goal set for them and their managers take employees considerations and do nothing with them... Too much "going through the motions" and not enough work done to follow up on the voice of the frontline employee


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