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Great place and people!

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Current Employee - Marketing Operations Manager in San Jose, CA
Current Employee - Marketing Operations Manager in San Jose, CA

I have been working at Cisco Systems

Pros

Great culture, positive place to work, great benefits and overall compensation. Very comprehensive employee services with attention to detail for those services (e.g. gym offers many different classes every month).

Cons

Very fast paced and if you are not up to this pace you will get lost and/or lose credibility with your peers in this organization. Also, work life balance in my opinion continues to be a struggle as part of this hard-driving organization. Expectations are VERY high of all contributors with those willing to sacrifice family time or other work/life balance continues to be a struggle.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Please provide more cross-organization "pollination". Formal rotation programs across functions -not just for Finance or other established organizations.

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    Innovation not a priority, but a solid company.

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    Current Employee - Technical Leader I Software Engineer in Boxborough, MA
    Current Employee - Technical Leader I Software Engineer in Boxborough, MA

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    Solid company, will be around for the next 10 - 20 years. Lots of places to find a niche. Lots of locations worldwide, wide variety of software and hardware positions. Flexible work hours, telecommuting, easy to stay connected 24 x 7. Highly educated workforce, lots of very smart people to hang out with and learn from. Market leader in many many categories. Free popcorn and drinks. Engineers have access to state of the art computers, labs and networks, and access to some of the biggest customers in the world, you wouldn't have this level acceptance working for a startup or a mid-level company.

    Cons

    It is a large company. 2001 brought some tough downsizing but there are still a lot of people failing to live up to their potential. This is mostly due to incompetent middle management on average, folks who have gotten promoted because they've stuck around for a long time and will put up with the crap that goes on with politics and maneuvering. No more HR department, the first and second level managers are expected to "do it all", lead the way, set the example and motivate and train as well as be de facto technical leads and pollinate projects across groups and locations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut out the layers, evaluate the middle managers on more than just longevity. What innovations have been fostered? What risks have been taken, regardless of succes rates? The badge cards say we are supposed to take risks, but the reality is far from it. Who is looking forward vs treading water and avoiding conflict? Who is reaching out across groups and getting customers excited about Cisco solutions?

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    Great Company to work for

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Support Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Customer Support Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    Lot of good technical folks I work with

    Cons

    Lots of stress, pressure but lots of perks come with it

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retirement plans not the best

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