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Engineers Stay Away

  • Work/Life Balance
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Doesn't Recommend
Positive Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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

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 It takes so long to develop products that the product technology is obsolete when the product ships.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

Other Employee Reviews for Cisco Systems

  1. anonymous

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Leader in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Leader in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent work culture and work-life balance.

    Cons

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


  2. Great place to build a career

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Director in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    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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