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Cisco's Heyday Is Over. :-(

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Technical Writer in San Jose, CA
Current Employee - Technical Writer in San Jose, CA

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

Pros

The best thing going is the ability to telecommute (because all of my co-workers are working in a different time zone in another country). :-(

Cons

Threats of layoffs. Lots of outsourcing to India. Inexperienced managers. Lots of reorganizations. No clear direction.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Bring the jobs back to the U.S. and hire talented people, not just warm bodies with no experience.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    Large slow moving ship with a lot of talent but poor an execution

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Research Triangle Park, NC

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Job Security is above average. Befits are good, Choices for Health Life, Dental and Vision. Stock options are not offered anymore. Employee stock purchase program is good. Training and education are Very good. Diverse culture. Employee's are encouraged to expand and move out of their box into other areas to get ahead. Salary is average or just above average. Cisco is a VERY very large company so experiences and situations will vary depending on location. In The United States, East Coast RTP TAC has some of the most intelligent people on earth. They are good at what they do and they enjoy doing it.

    Cons

    Compensation is lacking. Once you branch out of the lower levels such as support you start to run into road blocks. The company is VERY political internally. Management is great , above average at talk on ideas and planning but lacks the ability to create a complete strategy and execute on it. The company as of 2014 is facing its greatest challenge. Share holders want to see double digit returns on the core business, Routing and Switching. These are based on bare metal products. Bare metal is going away. Amazon and Google have already eroded some of this. Cisco does have a cloud strategy however its late unproven, and complex and full of issues. Cisco will fall behind in 2014 so do not expect a great deal of hiring. Bonus Compensation is based on performance and for FY13 this was sub par. Looking into FY14 this trend is expected to continue, companies own words. Same CEO has been had the helm since day 1. CEO and top tier base strategy on acquisitions. This is has stopped working. Simply buying a product or company does not make the grade anymore you have to be able to align and execute. Cisco is in a free-fall in this respect. From a Services perspective Cisco is missing the boat. The company has yet to figure out how to deliver on this. Then again so has its competitors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop talking and start doing. You have Vision but no working strategy and nothing to execute on. Enough with the power points lets get the ball rolling. Idle minds and Idle hands lead to problems. Stop cutting us into a corner to improve numbers. Cisco is not broke.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Need to move forward

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    The company has a lot of cash in the bank and many resources available for its employees.

    Cons

    They need to find a way to penetrate new markets to grow. These new markets would have to be geographically based versus new products to increase their portfolio.

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