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Cisco is big company with lots of opportunity, but you need to find a manager that supports you to succeed.

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Current Employee - Finance Business Manager in San Jose, CA
Current Employee - Finance Business Manager in San Jose, CA

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

Pros

Opportunity (worked in Mfg, Eng, and Finance), highly-recognized brand, supportive of continued education (MS, MBA, etc.), dominant positions in most markets.

Cons

You really need to proactively manage your career here. B/c this is a big company, you can get lost in the shuffle quite easily. As a company, we are in the $40B/year range, so only time will tell if Cisco can bust through that barrier or fizzle.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Positive work experience, good environment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior ECAD Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior ECAD Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Good management, they pay a lot of attention tot he employees

    Cons

    not very nimble as far as new design, new products.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too much concentration on non-money making inititatives. We should be driving new product developement harder.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 6 people found this helpful  

    Good company and career move 20 years ago, but not today.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - GPM - Innovation Offices
    Current Employee - GPM - Innovation Offices

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Large brand with global footprint. Deep pockets. Interesting 3 year initiatives - ones that should have been implemented 10 years ago. Some pretty good employees, if only execs and management would empower them. Potential for independent contributors to work remotely. Potentially opportunity rich environment, IF management gets their act together.

    Cons

    Dinosaur management. Lack vision and execution. Highly complacent and out of touch employees processes and programs. Sitting on laurels from 15 years ago syndrome, endemic to bloated megalith corporate structure. Check out the VERY dated web presence. Very ambivalent toward customers, ISV's and technology partners. Company currently desperate, "suddenly" realizing that they are largely irrelevant as a value OEM and need ISV's more than ISV's need them. VERY VERY late to market in key areas, although you can expect to see efforts to establish themselves in Collaboration and the Internet of Everything - yet with assembly line minded employees and severe lack of thought leadership. Seriously vulnerable to competitors who understand the new Internet based paradigms. No knowledge management practices to speak of. Way too many manual processes internally for a connectivity company, no BI or tools with which to work - they simply don't walk the talk internally to match their external promises. Buzzword over substance. Fear based instead of opportunity based. Highly disorganized. VERY flaky with regard to contract consultants and value add partnerships. Low Trust organization. Out dated. Expect high levels of PR over the next year as execs attempt to right the ship. Dumped all my stock. Out of touch and headed the way of NCR if execs don't get things together within 6 months.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Inject expertise from outside and cut the dead wood, inefficiencies and bloated practices.Attempt outreach to customers and partners to find out what they value, instead of silo'd vacuum crystal ball thinking and continually wasting money and effort on products and programs that miss opportunity windows, or the marketplace doesn't want or need. Listen to experts in Market Responsive technology businesses, especially those who have proven expertise in areas you need to survive and thrive. Stop treating contract consultants as instant on/off resources, they will go away. People commit their lives, the corporation needs to ante up. Embrace new paradigms - "we've always done it that way" is not a successful business model. Embrace Innovation instead of allowing market relevant ideas to succumb to turf protecting corporate politics.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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