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3 people found this helpful  

Great for people that move slowly

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Former Employee - Product Manager in Santa Clara, CA
Former Employee - Product Manager in Santa Clara, CA

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

Pros

Great benefits and work flexibility.

Cons

If you care about what you produce in life, and have grand goals in participating in some of the great technology innovations of our time, this is not the place to be. The culture is sales driven; not technology driven. The business units are constantly competing with each other internally and it is difficult to get anything done.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Keep doing what Cisco does best: Re-org and buy companies that can innovate.

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Engineering - Product Development Organization

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

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

    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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 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

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

    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
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