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Great Experience just don't stay too long in any one area.

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  • Culture & Values
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  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Customer Support Engineer II in San Jose, CA
Current Employee - Customer Support Engineer II in San Jose, CA

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

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

Pros

Great exposure to technology and corporate culture. Good work/life balance. Decent compensation and great benefits.

Cons

If you stay in one role for more than a few years you could end up stuck there. Not to mention things become repetitive very fast so move around in order to stay relevant and continuing to learn. Management is not in sync across the bored so you can be a super star on one team, but a complete failure based on the criteria of another team. This is harmful to those who want to move around in the company.

Advice to Management

More meaningful feedback on what it takes to reach the next level in your career. Set concrete expectations across the board to help maximize performance.

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  1. Helpful (4)

    Overall I learned a lot but was disenchanted by how little parts of the company care about their employees.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Work with some very bright and great people.

    Cons

    Little work life balance and they don't stand behind their own 'zero tolerance' for harrassment policy. When you report something you get told to get over it and move on. I've heard this from at least 10 people at this point.

    Advice to Management

    They should care more about their employees. It doesn't appear that the cream is rising to the top. It appears that lots of good people are being restructured or leaving.


  2. Helpful (3)

    The other reviewers are right. Cisco used to be a great company, but internal politics is bringing it down fast.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great long-term strategy. First year compensation is relatively competitive. Having Cisco on your resume looks good.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is nonexistent. The worst part is all that time is spent in unproductive meetings. Employees (not the execs) take the hits when the company is down. Terrible execution of the strategy. Internal politics make doing real work nearly impossible. Outright lied during the hiring process, and I've witnessed many unethical actions from management.

    Advice to Management

    Concentrate on execution. Treat your employees better.


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