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Benefits don't outweigh compensation shortcomings

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

I worked at Cisco Systems full-time for more than 8 years

Pros

Cisco develops cutting edge products and implements them internally often making employees beta users (fun and frustrating). Encouraging early adoption of new technologies benefits employees by making them savvy tech users across a broad range of technologies compared to peers. Working for Cisco commands a lot of respect from people outside the company. You have great 24-hour global emergency support whether you're on business or travel.

Cons

There's been a steep, and documented, decline in compensation in last 10 years. No raises unless you're promoted. Promotions are limited to approximately 15-20% of the workforce and are a 12-18 month cycle once your manager gets you in the queue. Couple this with the elimination of stock options for the majority of employees who are rated as meeting expectations (around 60% of the workforce) and uncertain bonuses means you lose money staying at Cisco unless you're on and stay on the promotion track. It's no secret that Cisco has a substantial chunk of cash which it keeps off-shore to minimize US taxes. While "good" for the bottom line this strategy also penalizes US employees because it keeps the pool of money for promos and raises small. The hours are relentless regardless of your role. It's not unusual to receive emails from peers in your time zone at 11:00 or 11:30 pm. There's subtle pressure to respond to emails from peers in other regions during their workday a.k.a. your evening. Working partial days on the weekend isn't uncommon and working Sunday evenings is standard. Training and education is under-funded. I was not approved for any professional training in the last five years of employment at Cisco.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Train your managers so they are professionals. I had more bad than good managers ranging from micro-managers to hostile work environment liabilities. Bad managers are protected which drives off good employees. Pay employees, especially those in the US, a better wage. The line that employees benefit from Cisco growth and profitability is no longer true because there are huge inequities in the distribution.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    Full of turf wars and little cross-BU collaboration

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    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Pedigree of computer networking background. Great place to advance your product management, product marketing, Ethernet networking domain expertise. There are some great people there.

    Cons

    Abusive languages, turf wars among business units. Your product will get de-positioned by other BUs. And you will have to de-position them too. The company is terrible at getting multiple BUs to work together and build a cohesive system. In the era of modern data center convergence, this is a deadly issue that will cost Cisco continuous market share decline in Ethernet switching.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change R&D organization structure, reward cross-BU alignment and collaboration.

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    not great anymore

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    largest networking company in the world

    Cons

    disfunction and petty politics
    stalled stock/growth

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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