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A great place to be as long as you are learning and have management support.

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Current Employee - Principal Engineer  in  Boxborough, MA
Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Boxborough, MA

I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time for more than 3 years

Pros

There are many very smart and competent people at Cisco; it's a great place to learn. Cisco also has a huge effect on the entire IT industry and its customers in business and government world-wide. It's an amazing place to see how ideas and technology, especially networking, communications and collaboration technology are changing the world we live in. From within Cisco, you have a great vantage point on the future of the industry as a whole. If you have incremental innovative ideas that are well aligned with the strategic direction of a profitable business, Cisco is a great place to innovate and you'll be recognized and rewarded.

Cons

Cisco is a very large company in a prominent position; however, it suffers all of the problems facing large companies and also fails to take full advantage of its size and dominance. Businesses are run extremely lean and lack resources to experiment, change and innovate. Commoditization and competitive pressures which are already powerful forces will tend to get worse unless Cisco takes organized steps to change and fight back. Unfortunately, there is no real top-down direction provided to strategic change and no process or structure to develop one. Innovations that are both disruptive and adaptive are everywhere but lack coherence and executive support. If your job is in this domain there are LOTS of opportunities to contribute but it will be very difficult to succeed.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Cisco has changed dramatically in its past and must do so again to adapt in a very dynamic marketplace. Cisco is in a very difficult position, punished by the market if it does NOT innovate and punished by the market if it INVESTS in innovation. The only way out is to be highly selective and strategic in the kinds of adaptive innovation it pursues, the companies it acquires and the businesses it closes or sells. It's not enough to manage this behemoth using financial criteria alone: Cisco needs to translate its technology vision into qualitative goals for the businesses and measure executives on achieving those qualitative goals as well as more conventional financial ones.

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Disapproves of CEO

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    Great stable company to work for

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    Former Employee - Sales Engineer
    Former Employee - Sales Engineer

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great company, great technology, great people.

    Huge opportunity to get exposure to some of the most innovative and fast paced technology in the industry.

    Cons

    Not the startup or growth technology company that it once was.
    Culture has changed over the years.
    Career and pay advancement is tough. As is with most large companies, there is too much red tape and not enough common sense.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Use common sense over processes and procedures.
    Focus on core competencies and listen to your employees (especially sales teams) when they tell you certain one off products are not up to par.

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    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Learned a lot, both technically and politically

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer IV  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer IV in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Lots of things to learn

    Cons

    You don't really have time to learn

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't reorganize every 12 months

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    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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