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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 It takes so long to develop products that the product technology is obsolete when the product ships.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.

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  1. Really great experience

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Intern - Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Intern - Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Cisco Systems as an intern (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    good work , amazing culture and pay.

    Cons

    dont easily convert internships especially if you are a direct hire.

    Advice to Management

    Thank you Cisco


  2. Had a lot of fun.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Fsa in Malvern, PA
    Current Employee - Fsa in Malvern, PA

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    If you are a workaholic with a bit of A.D.D. you have come to the right company. Things were always changing and you had to keep up. Fast paced and generally positive place to work. I enjoyed the global view on things and collaborating with people I would never meet in person. Good benefits, flexibility and PTO time.

    Cons

    It is a great place to work just not for the faint of heart. You work as hard as you get to play. Hours can be long and inconvenient. In the administrative area, there was no career path if you are located in a smaller sales office.


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