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1 person found this helpful  

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 for 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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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Nashville, TN

    I have been working at Cisco Systems as a contractor for 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. 5 people found this helpful  

    Cisco is no longer the place it used to be

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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Program Manager  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Flexible schedules. Nice health clinic.

    Cons

    Too much politics. Too many unnecessary management layers. Too much bureaucracy. No accountability.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Walk the talk

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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