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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

5412 Other Employee Reviews for Cisco Systems (View Most Recent)

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  1.  

    Great place to work, but needs to focus more on disruptive innovation.

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    Current Employee - Manager in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Manager in Research Triangle Park, NC

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

    Pros

    Very relevant, customer focused, great team

    Cons

    Focus is becoming too much on bottom line, very much lost the startup mentality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have to spend money to make money.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great Company to work for in terms of salary and benefits, but not an innovation company

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    Current Employee - Technical Marketing Engineer II in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Marketing Engineer II in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, can't complain about pay and progression. Always treated well and rewarded adequately for good work.

    Cons

    Large fiefdoms in the company, with high-mid/upper management always focusing on improving careers. Have to leave company and work at start-ups to do any real innovation that requires risk.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Several employees really only care only about their careers, and not about making great and innovative/lucrative products. This can include all levels of management as well, as mid-upper management will kill innovative projects they did not start themselves as they gain power/influence. Does not happen all the time - some times some projects should get killed. However, when people are making decisions not based on customers or business opportunity, but purely their personal gain - it hurts the company as a whole.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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