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Great Company - Very stable and well run

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  • Senior Management
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Current Employee - Director in San Jose, CA
Current Employee - Director in San Jose, CA

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

Pros

- Very good work life balance
- Excellent Pay.
- Cutting edge technology

Cons

- Became too big now and lost the dynmic start-up culture it was known for.
- Typical big company, no more exponential stock gains.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Attract some visionaries into senior management positions. Gone are the technology visionaries and now the ranks are filled with bean counters and operational folks. Change that..

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    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Network Consulting Engineer in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Network Consulting Engineer in Herndon, VA

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Plenty of opportunity to study and get training to further your career. Possible paid relocations. Many education benefits.

    Cons

    Even though the company seems to be doing well and beating earnings estimates... they're laying off 4000 people.

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    Approves of CEO
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    Summer internship

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    Former Intern - Software Engineer I in San Jose, CA
    Former Intern - Software Engineer I in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Cisco Systems as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    The work you do will most likely have a real effect within the company.

    Hours are pretty relaxed (the time you work isn't supervised, so if you get your work done quickly you can easily work less than 40 hours a week and still get paid all 40).

    Interns have the opportunity to present their work to higher ups in the company at the end of the internship, which helps to get a returning offer.

    Employees are welcoming and enjoy helping interns learn the ropes. I was able to go out for food and beer with my team.

    Hackathons for interns exist.

    Cons

    They way they assign jobs to interns is completely arbitrary. I worked in network operating systems even though I had no experience in networks or routers.

    Many interns have complained that their work is often slow and that having to deal with old code and legacy systems is excruciating.

    The engineer culture is the old fashioned sit-in-a-cube and do what you're assigned type. You have to go out of your way and get approval to be remotely innovative.

    A lot of coding internships around the bay area will pay significantly more and also provide housing and food. Cisco does neither, but will give a sign on bonus. You also can't get paid for overtime.

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    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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