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Engineering - Product Development Organization

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Current Employee - Technical Lead  in  San Jose, CA
Current Employee - Technical Lead in San Jose, CA

Pros

top notch talent
very motivated teams
many opportunities for growth
always looking for the next growth area - which continues to provide new job opportunities
strong community and family outreach - care about the welfare of both

Cons

need to provide better talent pooling and job rotation
size and rate of growth has impacted the innovation and entrepreneurial culture in established business units

Advice to ManagementAdvice

continue to push autonomous and self directed teams to get back some of the small company feel

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Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good ethics. Decent execution. Poor innovation.

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager, Product Management  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager, Product Management in San Jose, CA

    Pros

    Collaborative, supportive culture. Management typically supports telecommuting and PTO for family emergencies. The company is very responsive to larger enterprise customers.

    Cons

    Execution in this big company can often get confused. Frequently, obvious issues fall through the cracks and result in disappointed customers. Aiming high for innovation is that much more challenging, and the company is still not software-oriented in multiple ways.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of 50-75% of the VPs and above. Many of them are great at Powerpoints and meeting with customers, but they don't understand the products or operations that they're in charge of. Give big bonuses to directors, managers and line employees who do execute well, and even bigger bonuses to those who innovate well.

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    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place if you can find your niche

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

    Pros

    -Great community of people
    -Several compelling areas to work
    -Good support for developers
    -So many mergers and acquisitions that there is always an influx of new talent and technology

    If you are looking for a place to begin a career and are looking for a stable, corporate-type job, Cisco is perfect. They have a great community and support system, but there is no mistaking the environment for a start-up. I joined out of college and learned quite a bit before deciding to pursue my MBA, so I think it can be an interesting first step in a career.

    Cons

    -Not great at placing people in the best position all the time.
    -Lots of bureaucracy involved in generating and following through on ideas.

    While I joined as a recent college grad, most people at Cisco are in the latter half of their careers. This limits some of the entrepreneurial spirit and stifles some of the more creative ideas. There are pockets of innovation, so if you find them you can really thrive. Just don't expect that to be the norm.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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