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A large company with a lot of opportunity for growth if you're driven and committed

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Former Employee - Business Operations Manager in San Jose, CA
Former Employee - Business Operations Manager in San Jose, CA

I worked at Cisco Systems full-time (more than 10 years)

Pros

Wear multiple hats
Work with other experienced professionals
team oriented and cross-functional growth

Cons

as they've become a large company, the barriers to "get it done" has increased significantly.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

try to find some of the old Cisco fire and risk taking to stay competitive. pre-dotCom BUST type of mentality.

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    Potential is tremendous, but held back by ossified management and divisional politics

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    Former Employee - Business Development Manager in Boxborough, MA
    Former Employee - Business Development Manager in Boxborough, MA

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    There are a tremendous number of very talented and motivated individuals at Cisco with great experience and expertise across the networking technology space, but poor senior management who exhibit flawed strategic planning and execution skills, weakened by self-interest and self-promotion of these executives, leads to sub-par outcomes in a variety of product and market spaces.

    Cons

    Senior management needs major change - including John Chambers - to reinvigorate the company and to help drive winds of change within engineering and product line teams. A top-heavy management structure needs to be flattened and thinned, and allow for movement of talented and strong performers from lower organizational levels to rise to address new challenges.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Step back and make a commitment to eliminating internal politics, and focus on the needs of customers and winning against the competition. Also, make a commitment to equitably sharing benefits - both stock and other incentives - more broadly with the employee base. The 'winner take all' GE-styled evaluation model is a tremendous negative for anyone trying to survive and advance in the company.

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    Disapproves of CEO
  2. Indescribably motivating and life changing to a degree immeasurable by words.

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    Current Contractor - Problem Management Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Contractor - Problem Management Engineer in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Cisco Systems as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Incredible access to technology and training on a vast array of devices and software in a wide application of business exposure. For a global corporation there is a LOT of amazing initiatives they lead the way in. Multi-national normalization of pay scales, open transfer policies, dozens of socio-economic and environmental sustainment focused on people not solely profits. Incredible engineer mentor programs. Company full of some very clever people solving problems.

    Cons

    Distributed global teams can lead to some funky, late night video conferences but not unbearable. Seems to be a lack of structured training for new managers. Engineers converting into people or project management. This is true of nearly every company everywhere in fact.

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    Approves of CEO
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