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Cared for employees before....not now

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  • Senior Management
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Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in San Jose, CA
Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in San Jose, CA

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

Pros

Good opportunities to learn if you are in the right organization, know the right thing to say to the right people

Cons

Career growth depends on who you know and not what you have delivered or can deliver. Applying to internal job posting works if you know the hiring manager.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Employees are more than just numbers

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    Where is innovation?

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    Former Employee - Director in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Director in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Company was stable to work for for years. Good career progression up until promoted to Director.

    Cons

    Recycled senior management - no outside hiring for top tier - no new perspectives. leadership missed the boat in too many markets (flip video vs cameras on cell phones, telepre$ence vs Skype, Cloud XaaS, the list goes on and on)....

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the upper management - everyone has been recycled and there is no vision or strategy that comes from the outside

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Great company until recent layoffs...

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    Current Employee - Program Manager IV
    Current Employee - Program Manager IV

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

    Pros

    Great products and services. Good use of technology/tools to get job done. Smart, talented people. Hands off management with flexible work hours. Good pay and benefits.

    Cons

    Volatile work environment right now. Hiring junior talent, especially in India and China, to lower labor costs. Recent layoff took out many highly paid senior-level managers, but good employees. Little to no explanation why employees were laid off. With $billions in the bank, mediocre severance package, especially for folks with 10+ years service.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more attention to hiring to avoid future layoffs. Significantly slow down the promotion process especially to Sr. Mgr. and Director level. Lots of hard feelings (for those laid off as well as left behind) over this layoff. Should have offered Early Retirement package again.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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