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Decent place if you don't want to be challenged

Former Employee - Project Manager in San Jose, CA
Former Employee - Project Manager in San Jose, CA

I worked at Cisco Systems full-time (more than a year)

Pros

Work life balance is encouraged, leaders are experienced. Lots of options for a recent grad with many different programs and communities that may interest you.

Cons

Very rigid career path, limited job roles; every performance review is more about red tape than it is about helping you. A significant percentage of management are people who are paper pushers and have been career employees at Cisco (think 15-20 years+) who are more concerned about keeping their job than advancing a vision or program.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Change needs to start with culture; very difficult to do.

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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    Little opportunities for contract workers.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Project Manager in Nashville, TN
    Current Contractor - Project Manager in Nashville, TN

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

    Pros

    Global market exposure. Virtual team infrastructure is good for work-life balance.

    Cons

    No recognition is given to contract workers who produce much higher quality work than some of the employees. Opportunities are only given to employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful

    Still a great place to work, but things have been going downhill for a while...

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Lead in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Technical Lead in Research Triangle Park, NC

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

    Pros

    Work on new technologies and equipment. Decent work/life balance, decent salary.

    Cons

    Yearly lay-offs. Seemingly little or no cohesion between BUs. The drive to push all engineering over to Bangalore.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop with the daft acquisitions and outsourcing the work..

    Tell JC to stop spouting nonsense about the "cisco family" we may have believed him in 2001, not anymore.

    Have someone..anyone to make the BUs talk to each other.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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